Canada’s capital is only two hours northwest of Montreal by train and two and half hours by bus. There is a bus every hour to Ottawa. It is a very beautiful city. It is on the border of Quebec and Ontario on the Ottawa River.
The city is not too big, but there is a lot to see. It is probably best to go for at least two days. In the early summer, there is a Tulip Festival, and in February, they have a festival called Winterlude. You can go skating on the frozen Rideau Canal: the longest skating rink in the world. If you go early in the morning during the summer, you can see the changing of the guard on Parliament Hill. The weather is usually the same as in Montreal.
There is a very good tourist information office across from the Parliament Buildings. They give free maps and can answer all your questions about where everything is. Most things are open on the weekends and every day in the summer. Most museums are closed on Mondays during the fall and winter. To plan your trip to Ottawa check the Ottawa Tourist Website.
You should try go to the Parliament Buildings (Canada’s national government building). The buildings are very beautiful. You can get a free tour of the buildings to see where Canada’s government and Senate meet, you can see the beautiful library and go up to the top of the Peace Tower. During the summer months, go to the white tent on the left side. They give you ticket for a time for an English tour.
Also, you can go to the National Gallery of Canada. It has an excellent collection of Canadian and international paintings, sculpture and other art.
Another museum that is very interesting is the Canadian Museum of Civilization. It is across the river, but it is very special. It is about Canadian history and culture.
There is a museum about coins and paper money at the Bank of Canada.
At the Canadian Museum of Nature, you can learn about Canada’s amazing natural history.
The Canadian War Museum tells the story of Canada’s army, navy and air force in history.
The Canadian Aviation Museum has a large collection of interesting airplanes from the last 100 years of flight in Canada.
The Royal Canadian Mint is where they make coins and money. You have to make a reservation for a tour, but it is very interesting if you like gold – they make and sell 99.999% gold coins and bars. They make pure silver and platinum coins too.
You can also go shopping or have lunch in the outdoor Byward Market area, east of the Parliament Buildings. There are many other museums and attractions in Ottawa check the Ottawa Tourist Website for more information.