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Enjoy the city from an Ottawa vacation rental

Wave that Maple Leaf flag with all your might – there's plenty of patriotism on parade in Ottawa, Canada's bustling and beautiful capital city. Tourists flood the city centre to explore Parliament Hill, home to grand Gothic revival government buildings and sweeping views of the Ottawa River. The cosmopolitan landscape also includes the renowned National Gallery of Canada, plus sprawling green parks, scores of outdoor markets, and cafes with patio seating. For a change of pace, make your way to Rideau Canal, which turns into one of the world's longest ice skating rinks in the winter. Dotted with vacation rentals, hotels, and apartments, Ottawa is inviting to everyone, from families to solo travellers.


Interested in gaining a better understanding of Canada and its people? The Canadian Museum of History helps you delve into the past, with exhibits that explore more than 20,000 years of human history in the region. Honour heroes across time at Confederation Square, a sprawling public space filled with war memorials and lined with late 19th-century Queen Anne buildings. The city's most historic structures – all built between the 1860s and 1920s – are perched atop Parliament Hill and serve as the seat of the Parliament of Canada. Sign up for a tour of the buildings and learn about Canadian politics over time.


Activities and attractions in Ottawa

Are you searching for attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Ottawa a fun place to get away. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Camp Fortune (9.4 mi / 15.2 km)
  • Vincent Massey Park (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Nepean Sportsplex (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • Capital Golf Centre (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
  • Sommet Edelweiss (17.3 mi / 27.8 km)
  • Eco-Odyssee (17.6 mi / 28.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Ottawa

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Ottawa is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Confederation Park (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Garden of the Provinces and Territories (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Major's Hill Park (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Dundonald Park (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Jacques Cartier Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Strathcona Park (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Ottawa

Fly into Ottawa, ON (YOW-Macdonald-Cartier Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Ogdensburg, NY (OGS-Ogdensburg Intl.), which is 52.1 mi (83.9 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Ottawa Station or Ottawa Fallowfield Station to see more of the city. It's easy to get around Ottawa by catching a ride on the metro at Bayview Station, Carling Station or Carleton Station.

How to get around

How to navigate around your Ottawa vacation rental

Break out your bicycle and start pedaling away – Ottawa's numerous bike lanes make the 2-wheeled vehicle one of the most popular ways to get around town. Many of the city's landmark attractions are within walking distance of each other as well, but you may want to stay off the slippery streets during the region's cold, snowy winters. Public transportation is available in the form of city buses and a light rail system, both of which offer fast and cheap service throughout the capital. If you plan on driving in the big city, keep an eye out for the flurry of one-way streets – or just a hail a taxi and leave the driving to the professionals.

Food & drink 

Sink your teeth into Ottawa's impressive culinary scene

Keep warm on a cold Ottawa night with a piping hot bowl of caribou stew or yellow pea soup, 2 popular Ontario specialities. Make sure you save room for dessert, as no trip to the capital, is complete without a BeaverTail – a deep-fried piece of dough complete with a touch of sugar, cinnamon, and lemon that's especially popular in the winter. You'll also find shawarmas on every corner, from street stands to sit-down restaurants. The Lebanese dish consists of slow-cooked skewered meat served in a pita and topped with lettuce, hummus, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and pickled turnips.

Essential info

Essential info for your Ottawa vacation rental stay

Ottawa is home to more than 934,00 residents, making it Canada's 4th largest city. Better brush up on your English and French, as both have been dubbed Ottawa's co-official languages. The currency is the Canadian dollar. If you're dining out, keep in mind tips are not included, and you should leave a gratuity of 15-20% of the bill's pre-tax total. Canada allows provinces and territories to set their own legal drinking age, and Ontario's is 19. Make sure you pack plenty of warm clothes – one of the world's coldest capitals, Ottawa temperatures can drop as low as -20 degrees, and snow may be on the ground as late as April.

How many vacation rentals are available around Ottawa?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 326 house rentals around Ottawa. From 16 Cottages to 161 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Ottawa is on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Ottawa?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ottawa:

  • Lower Town: 120 vacation rentals
  • Vanier North: 29 vacation rentals
  • Sandy Hill: 78 vacation rentals
  • The Glebe: 53 vacation rentals
  • Old Ottawa East: 39 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Ottawa?

Vrbo offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Ottawa. From Vrbo travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Parliament Hill: 341 home rentals
  • Rideau Canal: 336 home rentals
  • Carleton University: 324 home rentals
  • Algonquin College: 302 home rentals
  • Place D'Orleans Shopping Center: 305 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ottawa listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Ottawa?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 16 Cottages in Ottawa. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ottawa include:

  • Houses: 161 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 16 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 113 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ottawa?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 52 vacation homes with pool available in Ottawa.

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