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We’ve all heard our neighbors to the north are friendly, like maple syrup and hockey, and live in one of the most striking and beautiful countries in the world. There’s only one way to know for sure, and that’s to go experience it for yourself! The best place to go to get a sense of Canada is the capital, Ottawa. Located in the province of Ontario, in east-central Canada, Ottawa lies on the south bank of the Ottawa River. Across the river, only 8 km away, is the city of Gatineau. It is the home of Parliament Hill, where Canada’s legislature resides. The Canadian Museum of History and the National Gallery of Canada are also here, which house some of the country’s greatest works and oldest treasures. Ottawa also lies on the U.S. border and shares Lake Ontario. The city of more than a million has an easy going vibe, being one of the most welcoming and walkable cosmopolitan areas in the country. Park the RV rental in Ottawa and explore the historic ByWard Market. During the day it is host to a large farmers’ market and chic boutiques; at night, it turns into a bustling scene with hot restaurants, great pubs, and bumping nightclubs.
Ottawa is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, a rugged wilderness that changes with the seasons. The Ottawa River boasts one of the best whitewater rafting spots in the world. Plus, there are guided fishing tours offered year-round, helping you score a world-class walleye or musky. The Fletcher Wildlife Garden is a local gem, offering guests a chance to experience and learn about Canada’s flora and fauna in the heart of the city. Take a stroll on the path to the Amphibian Pond or Butterfly Meadow. Catch a demonstration at the Backyard Garden or a glimpse of a rare bird. You can also book a bike tour of the gardens or the city to see a ton of natural wonders in an invigorating and healthy way! The Morris Island Conservation Area is a beautiful place to spend the day hiking, fishing or kayaking, and it’s only 50 minutes from Ottawa.
Thousand Islands is just a few hours south, in Kingston. This archipelago is made up of over 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River and is a center of outdoor adventure! Trek through the islands at your own leisure, or take a tour of some of the elaborate mansions. On Heart Island, Boldt Castle is a striking German edifice. Singer Castle, on Dark Island, boasts secret passageways and era-authentic furnishings. Take your RV rental east to North Bay. Not only is the drive gorgeous any time of year, but there are great camping opportunities. Lake Nipissing is the most popular attraction of the area. Walk down the beach, go for a swim and jump off “the whale”, or give fishing a try. Panorama Camp is a great place to park the RV, plus they offer cabin, kayak, and paddle boat rentals.
Finding a place to park RV rentals in Ottawa is easy! There are several RV parks to choose from. Wesley Clover Parks Campground is only 15 minutes from downtown. This natural campground cares for the grounds and trees, and they offer sites with full-hookups and fire pits. Ottawa's Poplar Grove Campground and RV Park is a full-service facility. It’s less than 10 minutes from the Rideau Carleton Racetrack & Casino, Little Rays Reptile Zoo, 24/7 Foodland Grocery Store, and more. Recreationland Tent & Trailer Park overlooks the beautiful Ottawa River Valley and Gatineau Hills. This park is popular during peak camping months, so booking early is recommended.
Camp Hither Hills is another great option to take the rental motorhome in Ottawa. Their large sites accommodate RVs and trailers of all sizes. They are both family and pet-friendly, plus the staff is bilingual. Rideau Heights Campsite is on the north side of the city, close to the Ottawa River. The staff is friendly, and amenities include a clean swimming pool, laundromat, and full-service restrooms. Choose Fitzroy Provincial Park and you’ll stay among fresh white pines and have access to the Carp and Ottawa Rivers. The park is equipped to handle RV trailers, and they offer guests opportunities for birding, boating, canoeing, fishing and hiking. Plus, in the winter, the park has partnered with the West Carleton Nordic Ski Club to provide 20 km of cross-country ski trails.
Ottawa is on the Quebec border, in Ontario. Here the people speak both French and English, and are proud of their Canadian heritage. Visit the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a work of astounding creative genius. In the winter, it becomes the world's largest outdoor skating rink. Ottawa is a city that loves to celebrate, kicking off the year with February’s Winterlude, a wild winter celebration. In May, Ottawa hosts the Canadian Tulip Festival. The biggest event is in July on Canada Day with live music, a parade, games, and fireworks. The town is rich in culture and history, being home to seven national museums. The culinary scene in Ottawa is hot! It’s a hub for critically acclaimed chefs and diverse restaurants. There are several places that offer food and wine tours, so you can try a little bit of everything. Canada’s got it all, and it’s waiting for you to book an RV in Ottawa!