Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, entertains a large number of visitors from all around the world. People of diverse interests, cultures, and lifestyles reside in the city, making Ottawa a cosmopolitan city. There are a number of things for families, tourist groups and backpackers to see and do in the city. Perhaps, the best part is that there are several affordable as well as free family-friendly attractions and experiences in Ottawa. Let’s look at some of these.

 Attractions and Experiences in Ottawa

Explore the City on Foot

Going on languid long walks is one of the best ways to take in the myriad sights of Ottawa. Almost every area of Ottawa is easily accessible as most of the roads cross the heart of the city. One of the best routes for you would be to follow the road along the Rideau Canal. Pedestrian activities like cycling and blading are so common (and encouraged) that between May and September many car parkways in Ottawa open only for joggers, walkers, cyclists and bladers.

Take Your Family to See the Gigantic Spider

“Maman”, a stunning spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, is placed at the facade of the National Gallery of Canada. Louise Bourgeois had created “Maman” as an ode to her mother. The 10-metre tall sculpture is a popular hangout. Click amazing pictures of your family with the spider in the backdrop. It gets better; entry to the National Gallery is free on Thursdays between 5 P.M. and 8 P.M.

Take a Plunge at any of the Beaches at Gatineau Park

When it comes to natural bliss in Canada, only a few places can compare to Gatineau Park. Spread across an area of 35,000 hectares, the park has seven beaches within its premises. While boating, hiking and cycling are some of the most popular activities here during the summer, blading, skating, skiing and snow-boarding are some of the famous winter pastimes.

Visit the Beautiful Art Galleries

Many public art galleries are open to public, and do not charge an entrance fee. One such place is the ASP Gallery, which is stocked with brilliant pieces of art created by local artists. Also check out the Karsh-Masson Gallery to see the works of some of the most renowned artists.

Skate on the Rideau Canal!

If you are in Ottawa during the winter, you would be able to experience an amazing spectacle of nature at the Rideau Canal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a one of its kind attraction in the entire region of Ontario! During winters, the canal turns into the world’s longest skating rink and beckons hordes of locals as well as tourists!

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