ABOUT VACATION RENTALS IN OTTAWA
Ottawa in Canada welcomes the vacationer with architecture, restaurants, museums, and cultural attractions. Being the capital of Canada, Ottawa has a history behind this distinction. Ottawa now has much to offer in terms of an urban vacation, with sight seeing, hiking, biking, museums, and historical sights all welcoming you.
The National Gallery of Canada is a must-see for any art lover. The Gallery is designed by the famous architect Moshe Safdie. The gallery overlooks the Ottawa River, and houses primarily works by Canadian artists and also those of non-native artists. Some notable works include Georgia O'Keeffe's Lake George with Crows, a Pablo Picasso called The Small Table, and Henri Matisse's Nude on a Yellow Sofa. The gallery also houses an extensive collection of photographs of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Canada Aviation Museum attracts history and aviation buffs. It's got the best collection of aircraft in the world. The entire history of flight is represented through 115 planes. Notable exhibits include the Silver Dart, a biplane built by a group of people that included Alexander Graham Bell. The plane claimed the title of Canada's first powered flight when it took off from Baddeck Bay in Nova Scotia. Planes partially stripped of their exterior are on display at the museum.
If you think Ottawa has only urban fun to offer you, think again. Head across the river into Quebec, and you enter the realm of outdoor adventure. The Gatineau Park features creatures such as the bear, beaver, and more than 100 avian species. 90 hiking trails in the park provide for cross-country sliing action in winter. Canoing and kayaking can be enjoyed on Meech Lake, Phillipe Lake, and La Peche Lake. While boating is allowed only on La Peche Lake, fishing is generally permitted at these lakes unless you're told not to. The shores of the lakes provide for excellent beaches.
If you head to the Gatineau Hills and visit Mont Cascades and Camp Fortune in winter you can have a ball at the ski areas, as they're within an hour's drive of the city. If cultural activities is what you're looking for, the Canadian Tulip Festival in spring and the Winterlude snowy festival in winter could satisfy your appetite. The Rideau Canal in winter is also venue to ice skating.