Only a small lumber trading community known as Bytown when it was chosen by Queen Victoria, Ottawa has been the political centre of a vast country ever since 1866. Get up close and personal with the impressive neo-gothic structures of downtown Ottawa. Then get to know the everyday Canadians who have shaped their city and their nation. Learn about the Odawa and Algonquin people who first lived in the region and its importance to them.
Take a trip across the river and discover how despite their close physical proximity, Quebec and Ontario are very different provinces. Gatineau exists for many of the same reasons as Ottawa but has its own unique feel. Explore the historical stretch of Vieux-Hull (Old Hull) and get a glimpse of what once was. Stop in for refreshment at a local café in this historic neighborhood and then it’s back across the river using public transit, this time straight to Centretown and Parliament Hill.
The culture of the city is on display, even without an admission ticket to the many museums and performance venues. Sprinkled around the downtown core are statues, monuments, and murals that go unnoticed unless you know where to look. There is no better place to see the worlds of history and modern life collide. The many layers that have been added over the years from the different people who have lived and breathed in Ottawa is a tangible experience for all who walk through its paths.
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In front of Byward Café, 49-51 George Street, Ottawa. There is a seating area between William Street and Byward Market Square, just off of George Street.