There are no shortages of things to do in Ottawa this time of year.

Take a walk around Parliament Hill and admire the great architecture of our Parliament Buildings. The grounds have a beautiful, large green space in front, commonly used for playing frisbee, kicking a ball around, picnicking, or protesting.

A trip to see the stray cats and raccoons that live on the Hill is also worth the time. You may even run in to the Cat Man, who cares for the cats who live there.

While on the Hill, check out the flame in front of the Parliament Buildings that is fuelled by Alberta’s natural gas. Each province’s coat of arms is displayed around it as the flame burns brightly at the center.

Something else that Ottawa is famous for is the ByWard Market. This market is so unique that there will surely be something for everyone.

The canal is another favorite; during the winter it freezes and many people skate on it, while in the summer you can enjoy a cruise on one of the many canal boats. It is a scenic and enjoyable way to pass away a few hours and enjoy the beauty that is Ottawa.

As for tourist attractions, the main ones to see are the National Art Gallery, the Museum of Natural History, and the Canadian War Museum.

Another popular attraction is the Diefenbaker, a bunker built during the Cold War to protect then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, the cabinet, and his staff. The bunker has been restored to replicate when it was active. It was built in the community of Carp, which was believed to be far enough away from the city to be safe.

The bunker contained a vault for the Bank of Canada, as well as a Canadian Broadcasting Company broadcasting booth so the government could speak to the people of Canada.

Ottawa is a university town with two major universities, the University of Ottawa and the University of Carleton, as well as a number of trade and polytechnic schools.

Ottawa is a clean, beautiful, and relatively safe city, and a trip there is definitely worthwhile. You can’t go wrong with lots to do, lots to see, and certainly lots of good restaurants and pubs along the way.