Byward market sign.From Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa you can walk to many of the city's top attractions - Parliament Buildings. National Arts Centre. Canadian Museum of History. And the National Art Gallery.

Minutes from our doorstep, hit 3 miles of walking path and tour our great city. Explore Ottawa on Foot: Walk Along the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal.

In winter, rent skates and glide across the Rideau Canal, the longest ice rink in the world. Summer is festival season in Ottawa. There's always something happening in downtown Ottawa, from the Ottawa Bluesfest to the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Here are our favourite picks.

Top Events

Winterlude, the Capital's winter celebration, is held in Ottawa–Gatineau each February. It was created in 1979 to celebrate Canada's unique northern climate and culture. Skate on the world's largest skating rink, check out the ice sculpture competitions or play in North America's largest snow playground. There’s fun for the entire family, and all sites are open on Family Day.
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Canadian Tulip Festival
In 1953, at the suggestion of world-renowned photographer Malak Karsh, the Ottawa Board of Trade spearheaded the creation of a Canadian Tulip Festival, to be held each May in Canada’s Capital. A celebration of the arrival of spring as well as a commemoration of the significance of the tulip and its wartime connection in Canada, the festival has grown each year to become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting over 500,000 visitors annually. See more at:

National Capital Marathon
Run Ottawa is the National Capital Region’s premiere running organization and the organizers of Canada’s most popular multi-day running event, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. The flagship event of the weekend is the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, which is both Canada’s largest marathon and its fastest, with a Canadian soil record of 2:06:54.
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Ottawa Jazz Festival
What began as a weekend of outdoor jazz in Major’s Hill Park back in 1980 has evolved into one of the National Capital Region’s most highly anticipated musical events of the summer.
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Over the years, Bluesfest has grown to become the landmark event of the Ottawa summer and one of the top-ten music festivals in the world, according to Billboard Magazine. The ongoing love affair between the ‘fest and its fans continues to this day.
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Canada Day
Nothing says "Oh Canada" like visiting the capital on the it's birthday.
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Top Attractions

ByWard Market
Downtown Ottawa's famous ByWard Market is the city's number one tourist attraction, and is the premier destination for shopping, dining, arts, entertainment and professional services for residents and visitors to Ottawa.

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Parliament building on the waterParliament Hill
Take a guided tour and see the heart of Canada's democratic system. Parliament Hill is located 3 blocks west of the Courtyard.

Canadian Museum of History
An incomparable display of artifacts and exhibits on Canadian and world cultures, including the world's largest collection of totem poles.

Canadian War Museum image during sunsetCanadian War Museum
Learn about the defining moments in Canada's military history and the ways in which past events have shaped the nation.

Museum of Nature
A stunning stone castle houses animal and plant life exhibits. Meet creepy critters or walk through swamp forests with life-sized dinosaurs.

National Gallery of Canada
This stunning gallery displays the country's national art collection as well as international exhibits.

Royal Canadian Mint
Ever held a solid gold bar or seen a $1M stack of bouillon? This is the place. You'll also learn how coins are made here.

But that’s not all, there are festivals all throughout the year. For more information about a festival happening while you are in Ottawa, visit