If you’re planning a family vacation to Ottawa, Canada’s capitol, then you are in for a treat! Ottawa is loaded with fun and exciting attractions you’re whole family will enjoy. From museums to nature journeys there’s something for everyone.
Of the hundreds of places to see and explore there are five that we, as Ottawa natives, highly recommend!
5 Places You and Your Family Must Go
All of the destinations on this list are within an hour of each other so you wont have to do too much traveling!
National Gallery of Canada: If you have any art lovers in your group, they will absolutely adore the National Gallery of Canada. Home to more that 36,000 pieces of art and the thirty foot tall spider named Maman who stands at the entrance. Architecture, paintings, sculptures and a beautiful view of the Parliament Hill, this gallery has it all.
Kettleman’s Bagel Company: Ottawa’s best catering company. Whether you stop in for breakfast or lunch, Kettleman’s is always serving something good. Bagels, sandwiches, dessert or salad, whichever you choose, you will definitely love it. Kettleman’s makes all of their food and bagels on sight, fresh every day. Don’t forget to ask about Kettleman’s Special, but let me warn you, it’s addictive.
ByWard Market: The Market is an Ottawa favourite. Visit ByWard during the day to enjoy the fresh produce of the farmer’s market. This district is also home to many specialty shops where you can find home décor, fashion pieces and more. Visit the Market during the night for a completely different scene including fine dining and dancing.
UNESCO Rideau Canal: This is the perfect location for relaxing with your family. Have a picnic, go for a bike ride or just enjoy the scenic beauty around you. If you happen to be visiting in the winter, the Rideau Canal is transformed into the Rideau Canal Skateway where you can ice skate any day, free of charge.
Calypso Theme Waterpark: If you’ve been dragging younger children around Ottawa all weekend, they will be relieved to take a break from the museums and the shopping. If you’re visiting in the summer, Calypso Waterpark is a great place for you kids to let loose and enjoy the thrill of water slides and rides.
Ottawa is, without a doubt, one of the best destinations for a family vacation. The environment is welcoming and very family oriented. Plan your trip in the winter for an absolutely beautiful white Christmas, or the summer for the warm weather and water park fun! Any way you have it, your family is sure to love the Great White North.
If all that talk about fresh bagels and sandwiches got your wheels turning, Kettleman’s Bagel Co. is where it’s at. Kettleman’s offers a variety of tasty treats and meals that will satisfy your whole family. What better way to start your day than with a warm bagel and a hot cup of coffee? We are located in the heart of Ottawa and centrally to all of the above destinations.