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Destination guide

Ottawa is Canada’s constantly surprising capital

Sprawling along the south banks of the mighty Ottawa River, Canada’s dynamic capital city is culturally diverse, architecturally imposing, and warmly welcoming. With an array of Ottawa vacation rentals to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding a cozy, conveniently located home-away-from-home. On your doorstep, you’ll find an array of museums, housing everything from fine art, to wartime artifacts, to dinosaur skeletons. If the weather’s fine, you can enjoy leisurely strolls through picturesque parks, and al fresco evenings feasting on cuisine from whichever corner of the globe takes your fancy.

Things to do

Grand government buildings and mesmerizing museums

You’ll find an eclectic array of attractions within reach of your Ottawa vacation rental. Top of the agenda for many visitors is Parliament Hill, the home of Canada’s government, and the cultural heart of the city. The central parliament building is an exquisite example of 19th-century Gothic Revival-style architecture, and you can join a guided tour to explore its equally intriguing interior. Directly across the river sits the Canadian Museum of History, among North America’s oldest and most prestigious cultural institutions. Its signature collection brings over 20,000 years of the country’s history to life.

Activities

Riverside reveries and year-round park life in Ottawa

The Ottawa River is an idyllic spot for a leisurely hike, a fishing expedition, or some adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting. A short drive from the city center, the lush, sprawling Gatineau Park is a spectacular natural playground where you can enjoy mountain biking and rock climbing in the warmer months, or thrilling cross-country skiing once the winter snow arrives. Winter also sees the city’s waterways freeze over, transforming them into giant open-air ice rinks. If that all sounds a little like hard work, you might prefer to browse the colorful stalls of bustling ByWard Market.

Weather

Ottawa’s 4 vibrant seasons

The peak summer season of June to August is the most popular time to visit Ottawa. Days are long and sunny, and temperatures are often gloriously warm. The local climate is humid, however, so rainfall is also common – be sure to pack an umbrella. Winters, in stark contrast, are very chilly, but that doesn’t dampen the locals’ spirits. It’s not uncommon to see commuters skating to work across the frozen Rideau Canal. If you’re visiting in spring or fall, the changing foliage puts on a spectacular show.

Natural features

Ottawa is surrounded by natural beauty

Sitting at the confluence of 3 rivers, and broken up by countless green spaces, Ottawa strikes a compelling balance between urban excitement and bucolic charm. Within easy distance of your Ottawa vacation rental, there are expansive country parks where you might spot playful beavers, white-tailed deer, migrating hawks, or even a majestic black bear. Each fall, visitors flock from all over Canada and beyond to the local forests, to watch the leaves change from lush green to vibrant orange.

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 many vacation rentals are available around Ottawa, ON, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 326 vacation rentals around Ottawa. From 16 cottage rentals to 161 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a city-center property in Ottawa?

There is a multitude of reasons to stay central when you visit a new city, but you can't go past the number one draw — location, location, location! Vrbo has 69 city center vacation properties available. Alternatively, you might prefer to try something a bit different. Vrbo has heaps of options, including:

  • 18 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 14 lakefront vacation rentals.
  • 13 village vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Ottawa?

Our house vacation rentals are real accommodations for real travelers. Offering plenty of space and privacy, they're perfect for those who want to experience life like a local. There are 164 options currently available on Vrbo. Prices start at $16 per night. Or maybe you'd prefer one of the area's other popular property types, like:

  • Apartment: 75 vacation homes. Prices start from $51 per night.
  • Condo: 72 vacation homes. Prices start from $45 per night.
  • Hotel: 55 vacation homes. Prices start from $76 per night.

Can I stay in Ottawa in a large group?

Vacations spent with family can be oodles of fun, especially when you're staying under the one roof somewhere new! If you're traveling with a large group, Vrbo can help out. House vacation homes are the favorite choice for large groups, with 35 featured here. Around the area, the rental properties that are suitable for large groups include:

  • Are you on the hunt for vacation homes that can sleep 6 vacationers? We have 85 that will be perfect. Prices begin from just $52 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your party, you'll be delighted to hear that there are 48 vacation homes perfect. The starting price is $42 a night.
  • Going away with 5 guests? We've got 45 vacation homes that fit the bill. Prices start from $58 a night.

So don't worry! When you travel with us you can bring your aunt, your grandpa and all your buddies to Ottawa.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Ottawa?

Vrbo is here to help you catch up with your nearest and dearest. Offering up heaps of reasonably priced rentals, it won't be tricky to find an incredible hideout that houses one and all. When it comes to getting your hands on a fantastic deal, your first stop should be Aylmer. Here, Vrbo has 29 rentals at an average price of $104 per night. Another 14 Vrbo rentals are available in or around Westboro. With an average price of $119 per night, you're sure to grab a deal worth telling your friends about.

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