Hotel Chimo Ottawa makes its home in the heart of the city, close to such family-friendly attractions as scenic Rideau Canal and the 100-acre Calypso Theme Waterpark, where kids and kids at heart can zoom down 35 water slides and splash through 100 water-based games.
Bon appétit: Clancy's Pub and Eatery offers à la carte items and dinner daily. Quincy's serves up breakfast food including country-style sausage and florentine frittata.
Take a dip in the atrium-style indoor swimming pool amid ample natural light.
Fitness center with sauna and cardio equipment opens at 6 a.m. daily
Take in nature at nearby Gatineau Park. You can hike rolling green hills and see Pink Lake, unique because its surface and deeper water never mix.
Ottawa, Ontario: Canada’s Artsy, Accessible Capital City
Canada’s bright and friendly capital city lies along the southern banks of the Ottawa River. The best sights are conveniently located in close proximity of one another, in the sparkling center of town. The Canadian Parliament conducts the business of governing the country in the imposing Gothic Revival buildings on Parliament Hill. Outside, statues honoring Queen Victoria, Father of Confederation George-Étienne Cartier, and about a dozen other important figures from Canadian history dot the grounds.
After paying your respects to the country’s most influential leaders, you can visit the nearby National Gallery of Canada. Before stepping inside, make sure to snap a photo beneath Louise Bourgeois’s massive Maman statue—a giant spider with bronze legs that seem to rise as high as the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica next door. For lunch or dinner, head to the ByWard Market, a huge public marketplace packed with hundreds of produce stands, restaurants, and food stalls selling cuisine from around the world.