To gain some insight into Canada’s eventful and convoluted past, visit the Canadian Museum of Civilisation during your trip to Ottawa. The museum’s entrance is guarded by brightly coloured bears and carved ravens on two First Nations totem poles.At the huge, ultra-modern National Gallery of Canada you’ll be able to enjoy Canada’s biggest collection of native artworks. At the opposite extreme, Notre Dame Basilica is the largest and oldest church in the city, with a Gothic façade that’s well worth a visit for its impressive architecture, beautiful stained glass windows and hundreds of carved statues.
Gatineau Park is Ottawa’s vast nature reserve, with scenic trails, many different types of trees and a diverse flora and fauna that’s typical of the region. If you fancy a bracing walk in fresh air with stunning natural surroundings, spend a day here.
If possible, time your trip to Ottawa for May, when you’ll be able to catch the Canadian Tulip Festival which runs over three weeks and splashes the whole city with glorious primary colours.