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Ottawa tailor-made holidays


Ottawa harmoniously mixes the old with the new, the British with the French and remains the political centre after being named capital of Canada in 1855. Its secret charms lie in its Gothic buildings and verdant parks, and when winter’s festivals and frozen lakes give way to summer’s heat, tulips line downtown streets, before the canal-framing maples are painted in glorious reds and oranges.

History and culture

Monolithic Gothic Parliaments pepper downtown Ottawa – watch the Changing of the Guard just outside before exploring their fresco-lined vaulted ceilings and heading to the National Gallery of Canada across the canal. It features a fascinating collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos, with spectacular displays of art including paintings by the Group of Seven leader Tom Thompson. Head to the buzzing ByWard Market, a hub of farmer’s market stalls, local produce and speciality shops, selling maple chocolate, cheese, street art and crafts alongside cosy pubs and vibrant gay bars. Colourful festivals are hosted throughout the year, such as Winterlude, while summer’s heat affords opportunities for water sports on the Rideau Canal, boat trips and summer festivals on the banks of the Ottawa River downtown.

The great outdoors

Explore the city along the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal with charming bike rides, and when weather permits, the banks of the canal make for a wonderful way to while away the hours. Head to the stunning scenes of Gatineau Park, where gentle rock-lined streams snake along hundreds of kilometres of picturesque forest trails. Just 15 minutes from Ottawa, it's ideal for hiking and mountain biking, and snowshoeing or skiing when winter's blanket envelops the landscape.

Top itineraries in Ottawa

Floe Edge Exploration in Arctic Canada

12-day tailor-made journey from £8,190 pp incl. flights

Explore the famous floe edge in May and June in Arctic Canada, where migratory animals come in their thousands alongside looming icebergs and glaciers in the Arctic Ocean. You'll stay in a tented base camp, skiing, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying wonderful photo opportunities.

Ontario Explorer Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,315 pp incl. flights

This tailor-made fly-drive combines the history and culture of Toronto and Ottawa with the spectacular landscapes of the Algonquin Provincial Park, Muskoka County, the Blue Mountains and iconic Niagara Falls.

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Top places to stay in Ottawa

Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

Grand & elegant hotel

A striking building in an unbeatable central location, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier is itself a designated national historic site and marries traditional grandeur with modern luxury comforts to offer the perfect accommodation choice for visitors to Canada’s capital.

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Ottawa articles

Best of Canada's Winter Destinations

Winter is Canada's longest season. However, rather than shut down the country comes alive with opportunities for activities and festivities. Essentially the country is one big winter playground.

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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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