Ottawa off-the-beaten path!

Think you know Canada’s capital city? Think again – because after you’ve visited Parlament hill, Strolled by the Rideau Canal, and climbed to the observation deck of Peace Tower – there is still a world of activities and attractions that you never knew existed. Here are some of our favourites:

Take a Quest! Channel Sherlock Holmes on an Urban Quest, as you follow a series of clues to explore Ottawa and its history. When you solve them all, the trail leads to a meal in a mystery restaurant.

An alternative night out: A long-standing, family-run Chinatown eatery, the Shanghai Restaurant  morphs into a quirky club on Saturday nights, when drag queen China Doll hosts a popular no-cover karaoke night. The crooning kicks off at 9pm.

Face to face with historyAt the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, an underground bunker built to house Canadian government officials in the event of a nuclear attack, you can tour the war room, the emergency broadcasting studio, and the prime minister’s secret hideout, all painstakingly preserved from the 1960s. But for the full Dr. Strangelove experience, visit on the third Tuesday of the month for the ‘Cold War Cinema’ to watch a Cold War-themed film inside the bunker.

Go for a medieval mealLove pork? Recruit eight or nine porcine-passionate pals and head for Murray Street, a nose-to-tail bistro and charcuterie bar that will smoke and roast a whole pig’s head (when you order 48 hours in advance). It’ll be far tastier than a tour of Parliament.