Drive to the City of Ottawa to discover Canada’s Capital and its amazing year-round attractions

The McIntosh Country Inn is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from the City of Ottawa. Drive 90-minutes West on Highway 31 to discover all that our Nation’s Capital has to offer.

The McIntosh Country Inn is in a fantastic location, only a short drive away from major city centers and tourist attracts like Canada’s Capital, the hopping City of Ottawa! The action never stops in Ottawa – no matter what time of year you come to visit, there’s always something interesting to discover.

Take a tour of Parliament Hill and learn about Canada’s history and politics or groove along with the hundreds of thousands of spectators at Bluefest, the Summer annual outdoor music festival that features top talent from musicians and bands around the world. Check out the ByWard Market and enjoy the fresh market fare and the multitude of incredible restaurants and pubs. Visiting in the Spring or Winter? Enjoy the incredible Canadian Tulip Festival in May and Winterlude, Ottawa’s February festival with all its wintery wonderland delights.

7 Things to Do and See in Ottawa, Ontario

Parliament Hill

Discover the heart of Canada’s government and take a free guided tour of the Parliament Buildings. Admire the stunning architecture, symbolic decorations, and historic paintings. You can also experience Parliament Hill’s magnificent grounds and many monuments on your own or with a guided tour.

Throughout the year, Parliament Hills hosts free concerts, multimedia shows, and other exciting events. Visit to see what’s happening now!

Canadian Tulip Festival

Held every May, the Canadian Tulip Festival is the world’s largest public tulip exhibit, displaying 300,000 tulips and 130 different breeds! Tulips have been gifted to Canada by the Netherlands since 1953 in remembrance of Canada’s role in the Liberation of the Netherlands in WWII. It also commemorates the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during the War.

Come marvel at the sea of tulips in 30 different displays and learn more about the history of Canada and the Netherland’s friendship. For more information, visit

Canada Day

Ottawa’s Canada Day party on July 1st is the biggest party in the country. Enjoy dazzling fireworks, live entertainment from top and emerging Canadian artists, appearances by dignitaries and other notable visitors, and other exciting family activities.

Don your red and white clothes and join the fun in downtown Ottawa and in nearby Gatineau. It’s a party of epic proportions…and it’s all free! Visit to learn more about Ottawa’s Canada Day celebrations.


Ottawa’s 2-week Bluesfest musical festival is ranked among the world’s top-10 outdoor music festivals! Come join the 300,000 music fans and enjoy more than 200 performances showcasing not just blues and jazz music but other genres as well. Past performances have included Sting, Kanye West, the Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga, and Canadian artists like The Tragically Hip.

Come for the dance party at LeBreton Flats just outside of downtown Ottawa next to the Canadian War Museum. On top of hundreds of exciting concerts, you can enjoy food and beverages from the many vendors and explore other on-site events. Don’t miss this 2-week July event! To learn more, visit


Ottawa’s annual Winterlude event happens in February and transforms Canada’s Capital Region into a dreamy winter wonderland. Discover the ice sculptures, ice-slides, and of course ice skating on the Rideau Canal.

The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its impressive 7.8 km route through downtown Ottawa makes it the largest natural outdoor ice rink in the world. And the best part is it’s FREE! Skate and sleigh rentals are available if you need them. Don’t forget to experience the famous cinnamon sugar BeaverTail pastries while you’re there!

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Byward Market

Don’t visit the City of Ottawa without stopping by the ByWard Market, one of Canada’s oldest farmers’ markets. Established in 1826, the ByWard Market Square hosts indoor food vendors and interesting shops as well as outdoor vendors with seasonal produce and flowers and handcrafted artistry.

Enjoy a wide variety of incredible restaurants from gourmet dining to international flavours in a casual or high-end setting. There’s also a multitude of bars, clubs, and pubs and places with live music, dancing, and other excitement! Don’t forget to stop by the many boutiques and galleries. There’s so much to see in the ByWard Market!

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Ottawa Museums

The City of Ottawa is home to 7 of Canada’s 9 national museums. Whether you’re into history, culture, or technology, stopping by one of these incredible centres is definitely a must!

Some of these fascinating museums include The National Gallery of Canada, The Canadian Museum of History, The Canada Science and Technology Museum, and The Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

For more information about Ottawa’s museums, visit

Discover the Inn

The McIntosh Country Inn and Conference Centre is a unique destination centre that offers a Launchpad for vacationers, tourists, and business people alike.

"Went for wing night and it was very tasty. Apps and drinks were also spot on. Definitely will go back again."

- Peter Swank

"My family and I visited the Inn's restaurant on Oct 11th. The quality of food and service was amazing. Thank you Tara, who was our server, for the awesome experience."

- Clifton Maheau

"Have eaten here twice a week for the last 4 months since my school's food isnt what I like. Absolutely incredible and the rooms are cheap yet clean and cozy"

- Hannah Charron

"Great place to stay. Friendly service, good restaurant. Stayed for the night on a visit to the area. Good experience."

- Mauricio Ramirez

"Was great to finally sit on the patio and this was the perfect place. Well spaced out tables and hand sanitizer at both entrances. Food was awesome too ;-)"

- Christopher Beazley

Modern Amenities paired with the comforts of country charm

The McIntosh Country Inn offers an amenities list that would rival most hotels, a range of conference and banquet facilities perfect for various events and full service restaurant and pub to satisfy any craving you have.

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