Rideau Canal Skateway

CNN Travel names Ottawa a top destination to visit in 2023

CNN Travel just listed Ottawa in the Top 10 Best Destinations to Visit in 2023. Ottawa was the only Canadian destination to make the coveted list!

Described by CNN as “graceful and understated,” Ottawa is anything but boring! In the nation’s capital, history and culture, festivals and culinary arts abound. Ottawa also boasts more outdoor nature and adventure activities than any other Canadian destination.

CNN Travel highlights the magical winters in Ottawa and calls out to all music lovers to take in Ottawa’s Winter Jazz Festival. Catch the sounds and chill to the vibes of the winter edition February 3-4, 2023, at Arts Court.

They also invite visitors to experience the magical Rideau Canal which turns into the world's largest skating rink during January to March, weather depending. It’s especially great to experience during the three weeks of the Winterlude festival, running February 3-20, 2023. Visitors of all ages can skate this UNESCO heritage site for free and enjoy heart-warming Winterlude activities.

CNN Travel also recommends that if you love hockey, you can watch the best of NHL when the Ottawa Senators play at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa’s west end. Experience first-hand why Ryan Reynolds is looking to buy the team! If your preference is to support junior hockey, check out the Ottawa 67's downtown at TD Place Arena, and enjoy everything the surrounding Glebe neighbourhood has to offer.

Of course, CNN recommends taking in Ottawa’s historical Parliament Hill, both architecturally significant and visually striking. Located in the vibrant downtown core and overlooking the scenic Ottawa River, the Parliament buildings are a must-see for all ages!

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