Starting where Ottawa began, a short walk will take you to the very best city viewpoint. Beginning back when there was nothing here but forest, you will see where and hear how Ottawa began and gain a pretty good feeling for the circumstances, events and leaders that shaped the city in its earliest days. Most everything you see as you walk is explained. The tour ends in the most famous market in town, where you will find lots to see and great places to refresh yourself. Take in gorgeous views of the Ottawa River. Find out about the indigenous people who inhabited the area for thousands of years. Learn about the famous locks of Ottawa. Finally end the tour in the bustling Byward Market. Along the way, discover the stories of the pioneering characters who have shaped the captivating history of Ottawa.
Ottawa River, Rideau Canal, National Gallery
Find you way to the large metal spider in front Canadian National Gallery on Sussex Street in downtown Ottawa. There is regular bus service which stops there as well as the hop on hop off bus. There is underground parking. Check www.gallery.ca for information.
Places to stop along the way:
The Canadian National Gallery, The Tavern on the Hill, numerous places in the Byward market.
Best time of day:
Between 9 AM and 2PM on a nice day midweek is suggested. The tour areas, Major's Hill Park and Nepean Point, are often used for festivals and events during the summer, around which time they may be crowded, noisy and sometimes inaccessible. Check www.ottawatourism.ca for an update.
Cross the streets only at the crosswalks and wait for the crossing lights.