Parliament Hill

Cool places to visit in Ottawa and surrounding area

Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, offers many family-friendly activities and is known for the wide selection of the National museums and nature activities just on the city outskirts.
Here is the list of activities (ideal for wintertime but it can be equally enjoyable during the summer):

– Parliament Hill
– Museums
– Byward Market
– Rideau Canal Skateway
– Gatineau Park
– Wakefield
– Mer Bleue
– Parc Omega
– Fairmont – Le Chateau Montebello
– Hockey Game

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Upper Canada Village tow boat

Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village is a heritage park that lets you experience a rural English Canadian village in the late 19th century (around 1860s).  It features over 40 authentic buildings, several working mills, and trade buildings. Most of the houses were physically moved there during the Seaway Project. The village staff, dressed in clothing of the time, is demonstrating various activities such as gardening and traditional farming vegetables and livestock. Other trade demonstrations include blacksmith, cabinetmaker, baker, shoemaker, cooper, physician and many more. Kids of all ages can enjoy the village, with lots of learning activities.

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Fort Henry (1000 islands)

Built during the war of 1812 to protect against an American attack on a strategic and elevated location, nearby the Ontario Lake, the Cataraqui River which flows to the St. Lawrence River and the Rideau Canal. Restoration work on the fort from 1832 to 1837 led to a second fort been built on the site of the first. The fort was occupied by British troops and then by Canadian troops until 1891. During the first and second world wars, it housed prisoners of war. Today, it is considered a National Historic Site and a World Heritage Site. The museum lets you experience a mid-1860 appearance and military life.

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