Activities for the non-gamer
As hard as it may be to imagine, not everyone loves gaming. But don’t worry! If you managed to drag your spouse/parents/kids/housemates to Ottawa with you, there are LOTS of things for them to do in Canada’s capital city. The downtown sights are easily accessible by bus, but if you came by car, give them the keys and let them go have fun.
Most museums in Ottawa should be open for the entire Victoria Day Weekend. Confirm at the Museum’s Website before you go.
- Canadian War Museum—about 6 blocks Northwest from CanGames
- Canadian Museum of Civilization — downtown Hull. Take the #8 bus from the transitway on Albert Street. About a 30-45 minute walk from CanGames
- National Gallery of Canada — Byward Market downtown
- ByTown Museum & Rideau Canal Locks — downtown
- Bank of Canada Currency Museum — Bank Street at Sparks Street downtown
- Canadian Museum of Nature — Elgin at the 417.
- Laurier House — slightly east of downtown. Home to 2 Prime Ministers. Stay for tea time.
- Billings Bridge Estate Museum — old Ottawa South near Billings Bridge
- Museum of Contemporary Photography — Chateau Laurier downtown *temporarily in the National Gallery*
- Museum of Science & Technology — East end
- Aviation Museum—East end
- Glebe — great little boutiques along Bank Street, from Glebe Ave. to Holmwood, and across the Canal Bridge to Billings Bridge.
- Rideau Centre & the Byward Market
- ByTowne Cinema— art house & foreign films
- Empire World Exchange Centre 7 — downtown feature films
- Empire Rideau Centre
Ottawa’s Chinatown district starts at Bronson, and heads west about 6 blocks. If you’re looking for a Hello Kitty toaster, Dim Sum or some bubble tea it’s the perfect place to visit.
Parks & Bike/Walking Paths
Bike Rentals are available under the bridge across from the Chateau Laurier.
- The Rideau Canal
- Gatineau Park– very hilly hiking & biking. If you are not athletic, drive up inside the park to Champlain Lookout.
- MacKenzie King Estate – Gatineau Park
- Parliament Hill & Major’s Hill Park
- Mer Blue Bog — East end
Climb the peace tower and visit the historic Parliamentary Library, which is the only part of the original building that survived the great fire.