Being the home base for much of the country’s government, travelling to Ottawa is not on everyone’s bucket list. But if you look just below the surface, Ottawa has something to offer any traveller willing to explore its streets and valleys. Here are 5 traveller tips for a short term stay in Ottawa.

Traveller Tips for a Short Term Stay in Ottawa #1: Dress Properly

I’ve travelled to Ottawa in the blistering 40°C summers and they’re just as bad as the frigid -40°C winters. “Welcome to Canada” some might say. Adaptability is your friend. Plan your dress code before you pack, check the weather and dust off that parka in March, you just might need it. Similarly, travelling in July near Canada Day can mean dehydration and sunburn for those not prepared for it. Do your due diligence and you’ll be just fine!

Traveller Tips for a Short Term Stay in Ottawa #2: Seek Out Fun


While the “boring” aspect of Ottawa is in part due to the public image of it’s politics, it actually offers quite a bit. It’s an extremely walkable city, and a visit to the nation’s capital is a must. There are a ton of museums, bars, and restaurants that are worth your time. CorporateStays guests can check out our Hot Spot video series custom catered to their personal building for more information!

Traveller Tips for a Short Term Stay in Ottawa #3: Eat Out 

Food does a fantastic job of bridging the gap between cultures and people. Whether it’s a table for one after a long work day or a business lunch, Ottawa offers a plethora of dining options. Everything from the best tacos in town to a must morning coffee spot.

Traveller Tips for a Short Term Stay in Ottawa #4: Bike Off

One thing that always surprises first time visitors is that Ottawa is an extremely bike-friendly city. While you may not see too many people walking the streets on any given day, you’ll almost always see a few dozen bikers peddling away down the canal. It’s a great way to stay fit, and a cheap way to get around town, so hop on a bike! You’ll blend in with the locals instantly! Get all the info here.

Traveller Tips for a Short Term Stay in Ottawa #5: Celebrate!

This year is Canada’s 150th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than in the nation’s capital! Everywhere you go you’ll notice the city has gotten a slight facelift  for the big year. Ottawa is extremely prideful of its history and it does a great job of showing it off. Need help finding all the events and attractions? Check out Tourism Ottawa for all the details, and have fun!
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