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16 Chemin Nordik, Chelsea, QC J9B 2P7, Canada
Le Nordik is worth visiting at any time of year. Repeat the cycle as many times as you like: hot, cold, relax. Tasty eats available on site as well. My favourite part? Standing underneath the warm waterfall letting it massage my shoulders.
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Ontario 60, Ontario K0J 2M0, Canada
Canoeing on Kioshkokwi Lake. Only 17 camp sites, most of which are lakeside. A bit longer hike from Ottawa, but I wanted to share this gem.
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1 Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, USA
I am in love with St. Lawrence Islands National Park. An hour and a half drive from Ottawa you can take a river cruise from Gananoque. Alternatively, you can also cruise out of cute little town named Rockport. Besides weaving the many shipwreck...
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Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4, Canada
Take a look around the back of Parliament Hill and you will find stunning views of the Gatineau Hills, the Ottawa River, the National Gallery and Victoria Island. Descend the 273 steps to the riverside and you can make your way back up again next...
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Park Ave, Ottawa, ON K2P, Canada
Early in June, hundreds of vendors descend on Patterson Creek to exhibit their works. Rent a Bixi bike from downtown and make a day of cruising the beautiful Rideau Canal, strolling through the park which extends off of it, and then continuing on...
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At the end of September, Gatineau Park (a 10-minute drive from Ottawa) is bustling with activity for its fall colours festival. Gatineau Park is at the base of the Laurentian hills, one of the older mountain chains in Canada (probably an extension...
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523 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 5N9, Canada
If you're arriving, leaving or transiting through Ottawa via the Greyhound bus terminal, plan your trip around this family run West African joint. YKO Chicken on the sign, it serves an amazing barbecued chicken and plantain chip special (1/4...
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504a Kent St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2B9, Canada
The Whalesbone is one of Ottawa's best places to eat sustainably farmed oysters and fish, but the sit-down location can get a little pricey. Three blocks away is their wholesale location, which serves takeout treats like oyster po'boys with aioli,...
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67 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
A recent installation for the Creative Cities Summit. Galerie SAW Gallery is housed in a former courthouse next to the Ottawa Jail Hostel. The gallery programs high-quality contemporary Canadian and international group exhibitions, installations,...
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24a York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 1K2, Canada
Situated in the cobblestone courtyard that runs parallel to Sussex, this is my favourite coffee shop in Lowertown. I love to people watch while eating my warmed and buttered cheese and peppercorn scone.
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195 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1W7, Canada
Bread & Sons is by far my favourite takeout breakfast spot in Ottawa. Goat's cheese and rosemary borekas with fair trade coffee, or croissant breakfast sandwiches with asiago cheese, sea salt, and a poached egg are my top picks.
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375 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Ottawa, ON K1S 5M5, Canada
A quick Bixi bike ride from downtown (Ottawa's bike share program), 8 Locks Flat is a place where you can enjoy a beer while watching the world go by: pedestrians and cyclists on the bike path, kayaks and yachts in the canal, and motorcycles and...
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104 Guigues Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 5H7, Canada
Owners Regine and Katie have been instrumental in developing this end of Dalhousie Street with the establishment of Victoire. Dalhousie continues out of the Northeast corner of the Market and has a range of independent coffee shops, salons,...
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380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada
Moshe Safde's glass tower is covered up for the summer of 2013 by Inuk artist Silis Høegh's giant iceberg installation—part of Sakahan, the National Gallery of Canada's blockbuster summer exhibition. Arguably one of the biggest and best exhibits...
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310 St Patrick St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5K4, Canada
From experimental, electronic music (Electric Fields), to performance art (Annie Sprinkle's White Wedding to the Snow), to the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, this deconsecrated Catholic church—now St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts—plays host to a...
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5 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON K1N 9B8, Canada
Big piping-hot schnitzel loaded with sauerkraut on a soft bun accompanied by hearty perogies with sour cream, you'll definitely be fuelled up for the rest of your day! A tasty, affordable lunch option in the heart of the market.
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242 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E2, Canada
Workshop Studio & Boutique, dedicated to showcasing the work of local artisans, is a great place to look for handmade gifts, jewelry, accessories, clothing, and more.
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2 Daly Ave #240, Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2, Canada
So many festivals take place in Ottawa that they merit their own network: The Ottawa Festival's Network. Bluesfest draws a lot of big names, Ottawa Writer's Fest introduces you to a range of intellectuals with interesting stories to tell, and the...
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1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7, Canada
There's lots to do outside in Ottawa during the Winter. On the left side of the picture is the Bytowne Museum, which is open year round. Further up the canal, you'll find skating, chalets with hot chocolate to warm yourself up, and 'Winterlude'...
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Pretoria Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S, Canada
Easily accessible from downtown, bike with the family on over 50km of automobile-free roadways every Sunday morning during the summer. If you haven't got your bike already, pick up a Bixi bike located at numerous locations throughout downtown....
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240 McLeod St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2R1, Canada
Having lived in Centretown for many years, I'm always impressed when I walk up Metcalfe at night, and see the illuminated glass casing (the Lantern) and the giant blue whale contained within looming over me. Similarly, getting off the highway and...
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55 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3, Canada
ByWard Market is both a market, filling the block bounded by ByWard, William, York and George streets, and the name for the surrounding neighborhood. This is where Ottawa began, an area laid out by Lt. Col. John By who oversaw the construction of...
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2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
Nestled in behind the Rideau Centre and two towering hotels, Arts Court is home to over 20 different arts organizations. The building has a theatre, two galleries, a dance studio, a video and a film cooperative, as well as numerous other opera,...
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137 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M7, Canada
Don't let its unassuming entrance fool you, this local eatery is standing room only if you don't arrive early on most every night of the week. A popular spot due to its central location, it serves a tasty deluxe burger and fries along with its...
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330 Kent St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2A6, Canada
Spins & Needles started as an art happening where you would get together with your friends, listen to good music, craft and drink beer. It's a great concept—pay a small cover fee, and you're supplied with all the materials for one or more projects...
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2934 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K2B 7J7, Canada
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We went thinking we would be ordering kabobs, but in Ottawa's Little India, we got sidetracked by some buttered chicken. Salang Kabob House seems to be health conscious, with the first whole wheat naan I've seen as well as brown long grain rice....
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33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7, Canada
Just opened! Ceylonta, Ottawa's popular choice for South Indian cuisine, has opened a satellite location away from its Bank/Somerset location and it's West End location in Little India. Pictured here is its delicious curried green beans, spicy...
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119 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M5, Canada
Plain, almond (pictured) or chocolatine - Le Boulanger Francaise is the place to go for croissants. Also serve a great americano or espresso to accompany your morning market treat.
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150 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5J4, Canada
Pictured here are the Eggwitch (front) and The Brunch. Scones are the perfect combination of buttery, crunchy and soft melt in your mouth deliciousness. Located next to Barbarella's strip club and obscured by the Transitway's numerous buses, it is...