Unlike Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver, the city known as Ottawa seems to be a little less popular. However, Ottawa is, in fact, the capital of Canada and is probably one of the most underrated cities in Canada.\r\n \r\nWhile you\u2019re not wrong to think of maple syrup and the Niagara Falls, Canada is home to all that and more. We\u2019ve taken the liberty of putting together a list of our top picks on what to do when you\u2019re in Ottawa, Canada.\r\n \r\nWith everything from chowing down on Beavertails to exploring the many museums in Ottawa, we\u2019re sure you will find that there is something for everyone.\r\n \r\n\r\n1.\r\nGet Your Ice-Skates On At The Rideau Canal Skateway\r\n\r\nAt Ottawa, they take their ice-skating very seriously! This could be due to the fact that Ottawa, Canada is home to the largest natural ice-skating rink in the world. Each year during winter the Rideau Canal becomes solid enough for you to ice-skate upon.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThe Rideau Canal Skateway stretches on for a whopping 4.8 miles! Its total surface area making up more than 90 Olympic-sized hockey rinks. Safe to say that you could probably spend a good chunk of your day out on the ice!\r\n \r\nYou\u2019ll be happy to know that the Rideau Canal Skateway is taken very good care of during the winter months so as to ensure proper safety standards. So get those ice skates on and start skating!\r\n \r\n\r\n2.\r\nCelebrate Winterlude In Ottawa\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re in Ottawa during the winter months from January to early March, you will also be just in time for Winterlude. Winterlude is an annual winter festival organised by The Department of Canadian heritage. As you\u2019d expect, Winterlude is a big hit with both locals and tourists.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nWhat can you expect to find during Winterlude in Ottawa? Aside from the aforementioned Rideau Canal Skateway, you will also see the International Ice Carving Competition and get to indulge in some Maple Syrup Snow Candy.\r\n \r\nMaple Syrup Snow Candy is precisely what you think it is. Maple syrup drizzled on snow and served on a stick. Can you think of anything more deliciously Canadian?\r\n \r\n\r\n3.\r\nSnack On Beavertails At ByWard Market\r\n\r\nSoak in the best of the local vibes at the ByWard Market in Ottawa. You\u2019ll get to see vendors of all sorts selling everything from local artwork to maple-infused chocolates.\r\n \r\nThis is probably one of the best places to pick up a few souvenirs for the folks back home. Especially if you\u2019re looking to find souvenirs that are a little less mainstream and a bit more personal!\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nByward Market stretches across four blocks and is easily accessible via public transport. Alternatively, if you\u2019ve chosen to rent a car during your trip you can simply drive in.\r\n \r\nWhile you\u2019re at ByWard Market, you absolutely must try a Beavertail. A Beavertail, is essentially is a rather big piece of fried dough that is slathered with your topping of choice.\r\n \r\nImagine chocolate sauce, nuts, cinnamon sugar all heaped generously on a warm piece of fried pastry dough. There are few things that compare to having a Beavertail with all your favourite sinful treats.\r\n \r\n\r\n4.\r\nTreat Yourself To A Stay At The Andaz Hotel Ottawa\r\n\r\nAre you willing to splurge? Is this a romantic weekend away from life\u2019s hustle and bustle? The Andaz Hotel Ottawa is the perfect place for you to get away from it all.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThe Andaz Hotel Ottawa is located a mere stone\u2019s throw away from ByWard Market. Be prepared to be surrounded by the perfect balance of good ole\u2019 local vibes and all the comforts of a luxury hotel. The Andaz Hotel Ottawa opened back in 2016 and is a boutique brand of the more well known Hyatt.\r\n \r\nThe highlight of your stay would have to be the food at The Andaz Hotel Ottawa. Expect your taste buds to be blown away by all sorts of scrumptious Canadian cuisine. So remember not to have too many Beavertails at the ByWard Market! Try the Duck For Four Sharing platter and tuck into duck served four ways. A duck-lovers dream if you ask us.\r\n \r\n\r\n5.\r\nSpook Yourself Silly At The Fairmont Chateau Laurier & The Ottawa Jail Hostel\r\n\r\nBook yourself a spot on the Ottawa Haunted Walk of Ottawa if you\u2019re curious to explore the city\u2019s darker side. The Haunted Walk of Ottawa organises various tours that take to places such as the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and the Ottawa Jail Hostel.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nOn the Ottawa Jail Hostel tour, you will walk through the various sections of the jail. You will even enter the area reserved for death row inmates. Many guests report shortness of breath and a change in the air in these areas.\r\n \r\nTours usually cost USD$24 and up, depending on which tour you choose. Your tour will also end with a much-needed drink at a nearby pub to calm your nerves.\r\n \r\n\r\n6.\r\nHike At Petrie Island\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re looking to stay active during your vacation to Ottawa, consider making a trip to Petrie Island. Petrie Island boasts 7-kilometres of hiking trails Hiking at Petrie Island is free, so get your favourite pair of trainers on and head out.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nAlternatively, you could hit Petrie Island for a picnic. Make use of their 40 picnic tables that are located to the west of the beach. Some tables are seasonal but there are also tables that are open all year long. If you\u2019re planning to go as a big group you may want to make a reservation.\r\n \r\nWe know a trip to any beach is not complete without a dip in the water. However, if you\u2019re planning to go swimming at Petrie Island we recommend checking the official site before you visit. Heavy rainfall occasionally causes the waters to be unsanitary for swimmers.\r\n \r\n\r\n7.\r\nFeel The Canadian Spirit When You Catch The Ottawa Redblacks\r\n\r\nIt doesn\u2019t matter if you\u2019re particularly fond of sport or not, we recommend going to see the Ottawa Redblacks if you\u2019re in town during football season!\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nCatching a football game together as a family can be an exciting and memorable bonding experience. If you\u2019re looking for things to do while in Ottawa with kids, especially if your kids are a little older, this is for you.\r\n \r\nThe Ottawa Redblacks play in Ottawa at the TD Place Stadium. Tickets come just under USD$30. You can also opt for group bookings which come cheaper.\r\n \r\n\r\n8.\r\nGo On An Art Tour At Rideau Hall\r\n\r\nRideau Hall, which is home to the Governor General of Canada, welcomes the public to come and explore the lush interior of this mansion. Regardless of the season, Rideau Hall boasts a variety of activities for both tourists and locals to enjoy.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSummertime at Rideau Hall means art and garden tours as well as free outdoor concerts. You are also welcome to seek shelter under one of the many trees that flourish in the Rideau Hall garden.\r\n \r\nAlternatively, during winter, there is an outdoor skating rink for those of you who wish to soak in as much winter fun as you can. The best part being that all activities organised at the Rideau Hall are free. Meaning that this is the perfect spot for you if you\u2019re looking for free things to do while in Ottawa, Canada.\r\n \r\n\r\n9.\r\nTour The Supreme Court Of Canada\r\n\r\nPerhaps you\u2019ve always wanted to know more about the judicial system and how it works. If you\u2019re in Ottawa, Canada, you will be presented with the rare opportunity to take a guided tour of a supreme court.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThe tour guides are all law students and they are more than happy to give you insight on how the judicial system in Canada works.\r\nA tour of the Supreme Court of Canada is another activity you can add to your list of free things to do in Ottawa. You can get to the Supreme Court of Canada with ease by public transport.\r\n \r\n\r\n10. \r\nLet Your Troubles Melt Away At The Nordik Spa-Nature In Gatineau\r\n\r\nYou can find the Nordik Spa-Nature just 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa, in an area called Gatineau. As you can probably guess from the name, you\u2019re in for a day full of the best Scandinavian relaxation techniques.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThe Nordik Spa-Nature in Ottawa is proud to have 10 stunning outdoor baths, 9 luxurious indoor saunas, along with various other spa facilities.\r\nIf you\u2019re looking for a spa experience that is a little more special, you\u2019ll be happy to know that Nordik Spa-Nature also has the only saltwater floating pool in all of America. This is a great activity if you\u2019re on a romantic getaway with your special someone!\r\n \r\n\r\n11.\r\nPick Up The Pace When You Whitewater Raft In Ottawa\r\n\r\nCheck out Wilderness Tours when you\u2019re Ottawa, Canada for some whitewater rafting fun. It doesn\u2019t matter if you\u2019re particularly experienced or not, Wilderness Tours has a wide array of tours.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nTheir various tours cater to the different types of whitewater rafters. There are more intense, adrenaline-pumping tours for the more experienced and gentler waters to cater to families or newbies!\r\n\r\nWhitewater rafting tours at Wilderness Tours start at roughly USD$100 for a basic, single-day package. You do have the option to book a longer tour and spend a couple of nights at the resort. Wilderness Tours in Ottawa has a range of cabins and chalets for you and your holiday party to stay at. If you\u2019re in a group of over 12 people, you have the option of booking their beach house!\r\n \r\n\r\n12.\r\nSee All Of Ottawa\u2019s Seven Museums\r\n\r\nOttawa, Canada definitely is not lacking in terms of the arts, history, and culture. Whether it's science, aviation, or history when in Ottawa you can find a museum for almost everything.\r\n \r\nThe Canada Aviation and Space Museum had to be one of our favourites. There you can see how aviation grew from its humble beginnings to becoming an extremely important part of modern society.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nAt the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, you will come face to face with the country\u2019s largest collection of aircraft. As an added bonus, you will also learn about what Canada has been getting up to in outer space!\r\n \r\nFor a more hands-on experience, check out the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Hang out with the cutest cows and take part in butter churning and ice cream making. It promises to be a legen-dairy day!\r\n \r\n\r\n13.\r\nAdmire The John Ceprano Rocks\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re in Ottawa, Canada we promise that a trip to see the Balanced Rock Sculpture by artist John Ceprano. The sculpture is often referred to as the John Ceprano Rocks.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThe simple, yet captivating sculptures are located at Remic Rapids Park. The John Ceprano Rocks are meant to reflect and emanate the calm that you feel when you look at its surroundings.\r\n \r\nThe John Ceprano Rocks are particularly stunning to look at against the sunset. So we recommend slotting this in as a filler activity on a day when you have a couple of hours to spare.\r\n \r\n\r\n14.\r\nSightsee At Parliament Hill In Ottawa\r\n\r\nAnother one for your list of free things to do while in Ottawa, take a tour around Parliament Hill! Many travellers remark that visiting Parliament Hill felt like taking a trip back in time.\r\n \r\nYou will understand once you\u2019re stood before the grand structure that is Parliament Hill. The tallest structure, the clock tower, stands proud and tall as a focal point.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nWhile the tours at Parliament Hill are free, that it no way means they\u2019re anything less than spectacular. The guides take pride in their work and are well-versed and knowledgeable with regards to Parliament Hill\u2019s past and history.\r\n \r\nWe suggest you set aside at least two hours for your visit to Parliament Hill. That way you can ensure that you\u2019ve had the chance to take in everything that it has to offer.\r\n \r\nLet Us Know\u2026\r\nWe\u2019d love to hear about your time in Ottawa, Canada! Did you manage to check out all of our favourite attractions? Also, is there anything that you stumbled upon that you think should not be missed? Hit us up in the comments!