Staycations – Stay put for the best vacation of all

Looking for an amazing vacation with your family that doesn’t break the bank? 
Pssst: You’re here!

The Ottawa area is chock full of cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities that are guaranteed to please everybody. Whether you pitch a tent in the backyard or stay in a local hotel, this is the place to be. After all, people flock here from all over the world every year because the capital city is famous for its fabulous, international attractions. Why go anywhere else? A staycation is your best bet for a wonderful time.
Steeped in history yet cosmopolitan, this beautiful, bilingual, waterfront city is full of fun and surprises. Spend the night in a (former) jail cell. Get lost in a hedge maze. Check out the world’s largest beach volleyball tournament and the country’s most visited museum (the Museum of Civilization). It’s home to the Children’s Museum, Postal Museum and the IMAX Theatre.
And don’t forget to spend a few days seeing the famous sites.
Tour the Parliament Buildings, the National Gallery, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the celebrated Canadian War Museum.
Explore local history at the 10 museums that are part of the Ottawa Museum Network – the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Bytown Museum, Goulbourn Museum, Nepean Museum, Osgood Township Museum, Pinhey’s Point, Vanier Museopark and Watson’s Mill.


Tons of exciting festivals and activities are always happening during the warm-weather months. Check out the excellent local restaurants, live entertainment, shops, special events and cultural destinations.
Explore the Byward Market, head for a ride on the famous bike paths or a take in a sports game. There’s a world of possibilities right here, so enjoy. For ideas and details, take a look at the City of Ottawa web site, www.ottawa.ca.

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