Blogger and Instagrammer Camille DS suggests an Ottawa getaway that’s culinary, culture-rich and relaxing!
by Camille DS
Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary getaway? Ottawa and its surroundings are chock-full of spots where culture, scenery, food and relaxation blend beautifully. The National Capital is the perfect area to explore on a short visit. Here are five essential stops for (re)discovering Ottawa.
You’re certain to fall for the building's unique architecture, full of curves and movement. The backyard of the museum has lovely tables to sit at, which offer a fantastic view of Parliament. Enjoy a tasty picnic or some nice hot or cold refreshments, depending on the season.
Psssst: For ice cream lovers, right across the street you’ll discover Juliano’s Gelato: a little gelato bar that’s absolutely worth a visit!
2- RIDEAU CANAL
A short walk from Alt Hotel Ottawa you’ll discover the Parliament of Canada and the Rideau Canal. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful areas to stroll along and take in the views, particularly at sunset. At this exquisite time of day, the city is aglow and the sun's rays spill across the water! Simply magical.
3- MARCHÉ BY
Another particularly charming place in Ottawa is the ByWard Market, featuring a collection of boutiques and restaurants that will satisfy explorers and foodies alike. Whether it's to grab a smoothie to go, savour a wood-oven pizza on a patio, or finish your walk by sinking your teeth into a delectable Beaver Tail, there’s something delicious for every visitor to discover!
4- TAVERN ON THE HILL
If you're looking for the perfect restaurant-bar for sharing an evening with friends or a special someone, Tavern on the Hill is your destination! Settle in and sip a refreshing cocktail while you admire the breathtaking view of Parliament. On our visit, we fell for both the tuna and the tofu tacos…yum! The locale has a lovely ambiance — and the icing on the cake? Dogs are permitted on the terrace!
5 - NORDIK SPA-NATURE
When visiting the Ottawa region, spa enthusiasts should make their way to Nordik Spa-Nature! Located in the municipality of Chelsea, it’s an expansive site nestled in the midst of nature that inspires relaxation and rejuvenation. In addition to the pool facilities (hot, cold and tepid), there are waterfalls, yurts and even some dining options on the grounds. And of course, when you think “spa”, you think “massage”! Indulge in one of the various treatments available; we promise you won’t regret it!