Ottawa locals love to make the city sound like the most magical place on earth to make up for the 'government city' stereotype. To be completely honest I am guilty of doing this exact thing. I am the person that takes something overrated and runs with it because it's something unique to Ottawa only.
Most of the things that are overrated are things we locals have all done at least once. For any tourists, you should for sure do these overrated things, just to say you've done it. The underrated things just don't get enough credit for being so wonderful.
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Going to see the "spectacular" Parliament Buildings
Skating on the Rideau Canal when it's freezing outside
Chilling at literally ALL of Ottawa's "Beaches"
Taking a typical selfie at Warehouse
Buying ice cream from Sweet Jesus
Seeing the iconic Giant Spider at the National Gallery of Canada
Going to Inspiration Village this summer (the only good part was the Ottawa sign #SorryNotSorry)
Taking a photo in front of the rose wall at Common Eatery
Walking around the ByWard Market
Freezing your a** off to see some ice sculptures at Winterlude
Watching the Parliament Hill Northern Lights Sound and Light Show
Going downtown on Canada Day
Seeing the Rideau Falls (sorry but this is not Niagara)
The Canada 150 Maple Leaf mural
Driving down Taffy Lane to see lights (honestly maximum 5 epic houses)
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