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Parliament Hill, perched above the Ottawa River, is just one regal-and-refined side of the nation’s dynamic capital. View the parliament building from across the Ottawa River then settle in at a vibrant patio or cozy bistro to enjoy Ottawa’s inventive culinary scene. Tour seven national museums, clamber across historic locks on the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s longest skating rink in winter), wander more than 800 kilometres of recreational pathways and explore the flavours of the Byward Market. With some three dozen craft breweries as well, Ottawa has lots to toast.