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Ottawa Travel Guide

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Located in northeast Ontario near the Quebec border, Ottawa may seem an unlikely choice for Canada's capital when compared to larger cities like Toronto and Montreal. But that doesn't mean it should be ignored. Lonely Planet compares Ottawa to a personal ad: "… young, vibrant, clean, bilingual, likes kids, long walks on the river." Visit for yourself, and you'll see this city doesn't fall short. It's small yet lively, family-friendly yet ... continue»

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When to Visit Ottawa

The best time to visit Ottawa is between March and May, when temperatures begin to rise  and the city starts to bloom. This is also when some of the capital's favorite special events -- including the beloved Tulip Festival -- take place. Thanks to its characteristically warm weather, summer is the most popular time for a visit, but it's also the most expensive. For those of you itching to find a bargain, consider a winter trip; although temperatures often drop below freezing, you can keep your blood pumping by practicing your figure skating or hockey moves on the Rideau Canal.

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Getting Around Ottawa

The best way to get around Ottawa is on foot. The city's vibrant downtown area is extremely condensed, and excellent signage makes it easy to navigate. If you do get tired of walking, the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission (OC Transpo) operates numerous bus routes (all of which originate from the Rideau Centre) through downtown and into the more residential areas. To get to the downtown area from the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW), you can take the #97 bus for a measly $3.25 CAD (roughly the same amount in U.S. dollars). Taxis are also available, but expect to pay upward of $30 CAD.

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