Much of the Canadian experience can be found in the Showcase Buildings of the National Capital Region. These museums and galleries
offer insights into both Aboriginal and European history in
The national showcases are always an attraction and information is easily found; among the best for the capital is www.canadascapital.gc.ca with a link to “Discover the Capital”. And www.ottawatourism.ca which tends to focus more on the capital than the city.
The two cities, however, have their own galleries and museums that interpret the local experience, one quite different from that of the national experience represented by the capital.
In addition, the area with its waterways--three rivers and the
The variety of outdoor activity rests on the Continental Climate: moderate in May and June, and September and October; often hot and humid in July and August; cold and snowy from December and into March, with less predictable weather in April and November. Visitors need to dress accordingly.
Both cross-country and downhill skiing can be found in the Winter, along with snowshoeing.
There is also a rich offering of live entertainment, popular and classical, and it includes a number of festivals. In Spring, the Tulip Festival; in Winter, the Winterlude Festival. Music includes the Jazz Festival; the Folk Festival; and the internationally-recognized Chamber Music Festival. There are two symphony orchestras: the Ottawa Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra; local and national theatre, opera and dance.
On any inbound journey FFO hosts will introduce ambassadors to many of the qualities that make
Click here for a description of a typical one week exchange with Friendship Force Ottawa.
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