Ottawa provides galleries and museums which showcase the very best of Canada. The National Gallery of Canada houses some of the country's national art collections along with global exhibits annually. The Canadian Museum of Civilization showcases the culture of Canada and different world cultures. It also has the biggest indoor totem poles collection within the Grand Hall. The Diefenbunker is the nation's Cold War museum, and the Aviation Museum has one of the best collections of aircraft all around the world. The Canadian Museum of Nature is a great location to see collections of dinosaurs, whilst the Canada Science and Technology Museum is the best place to learn more regarding science. Public Works Canada manages federal buildings within the capital region, and nearly all of the federal lands are managed by the National Capital Commission.
There is a plethora of dining, shopping and nightlife experiences in Ottawa. The very famous outdoor farmers market known as ByWard Market, has various trendy shopping stores by day, then transforms at night into a meeting place of clubs, pubs and restaurants. Canada's very first open-air pedestrian shopping mall is the Parliament Hill. It provides a relaxed and casual atmosphere along with sidewalk cafes, elegant shops, and car-free walkways. The Glebe offers an eclectic mixture of retailers and local restaurants. Those who like to go Italian can visit Ottawa's Little Italy, just downtown west. People who want to go Asian could visit Sommerset West where the Chinatown of Ottawa is popularly located. Beechwood Village, Somerset Village, and Wellington Village even offer chic shops and restaurants. Westbro Village even offers decor, great active lifestyle, restaurants, boutiques, and several shopping establishments.
There are lots of annual special events and festivals in the Canadian Capital for its residents and tourists to enjoy. Held for the first three weekends during February, Winterlude is North America's greatest winter festival. During the month of May, the Canadian Tulip Festival is celebrated with the blooming of millions of tulips across the city. Canada Day is July 1, and the Capital hosts the biggest birthday celebration on Parliament Hill. Capital UNESCO's World Heritage Site is celebrated at the Rideau Canal Festival, and the end of August is marked by live concerts and midway themed pavilions at the SuperEx. Christmas is celebrated by lighting up millions of light bulbs during the Christmas Lights across Canada celebration.
For the several recreation and sports fans, they can try whitewater rafting and kayaking along the Ottawa River. This river is considered to be a great place to kayak or raft. There are even lots of recreational pathways and mountain biking venues accessible for cycling enthusiasts. Golf courses are even offered, and the city of Ottawa has courses that are within easy driving distance downtown. Wintertime is a perfect time to go to urban ski resorts, with numerous kilometers of cross county trails and ski resorts just minutes from downtown. Runners can usually be found at the Ottawa Race Weekend during late May, and runners can choose from marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, and 2K runs for serious athletes and recreational runners} alike. Hockey enthusiasts could book in advance Ottawa Senators NHL hockey tickets and can even get the Hockey Night in the Capital Getaway package.