Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Chimo Ottawa
Hotel Chimo Ottawa makes its home in the Canadian capital, close to such family-friendly attractions as the Canadian Museum of Nature and picturesque Rideau Canal. After exploring the city, you’ll retire to a comfortable guest room with such amenities as free WiFi and a mini fridge.
- Onsite dining: Enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet at Quincy’s, and use your your $20 dining credit toward à la carte dinner and refreshments at Clancy’s Pub and Eatery.
- Take a dip in the indoor swimming pool.
- Fitness center with sauna and cardio equipment; opens at 6 a.m. daily
- Gatineau Park: Take a scenic bike ride on 21 miles (33 km) of hilly roads or 56 miles (90 km) of forested trails, less than an hour away.
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 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.