Ottawa – ideas for free time

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Ottawa is an easy city to walk around and in a day or two you can get a great feel for the ambience here. Wander through ByWard Market, one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets where you’ll find an interesting mix of food stalls, boutique stops, galleries and eating place. Stroll along the Rideau Canal or Ottawa River bank and observe the locals shaking off the daily grind beside or on the water. Take a guided tour at the Houses of Parliament to learn about Canada’s political history and discover beautiful, intricately hand-crafted limestone, wood and wrought iron structures. Or explore the various museums and galleries of the city – the National Gallery of Canada houses the largest collection of Canadian and Inuit Art in the world, whilst the Canadian Museum of History (previously called the Museum of Civilisation) gives a fascinating insight in to the cultural history and current cultural landscape of the country.

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