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Car rentals in Ottawa

Despite its size, Ottawa has all the features of the metropolitan city. Here you shall find diverse museums, emerald parks, Irish pubs, Michelin star restaurants, cozy cafes and many other attractions to discover. The capital of Canada which stands on the bank of the Ottawa River never tried to proclaim itself the top tourist destination. Nevertheless, it manages to attract thousands of art, culture and sports fans every year. And there’s no better way to explore all the sites it has to offer than on a rental car.

Peculiarities of driving in Ottawa

If you decide to get a rental car in Ottawa, it won’t cause you any difficulties. It’s easy to get accustomed to the local roads as there are lots of signs and explanatory notes. Mind that there are many bikers and don’t deal with the school bus. But better get acquainted with the road regulations and laws before getting a rental car in Ottawa. No one likes wasting their vacation budget on fines.

Here are some features of driving:

  • left driving;
  • difficulties with parking;
  • if you have little driving experience, you’ll have to pay extra sum daily;
  • local drivers follow all the road regulations;
  • some roads are paid.

Price of a rental car in Ottawa

There are many local and worldwide known (Avis, Alamo, Hertz, Budget, Sixt, etc.) service providers that operate in Ottawa. The rates depend on several factors such as the location of the office, class, and model of an auto, and the period of your booking.

For example, the Kia Rio costs around $46 per day. If you require a bigger vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is $419 per week! If you reserve a rental car in advance for a week, you’ll save up to 30%.

What’s included in the cost of a rental car in Ottawa

The price of a rental car includes:

  • Unlimited free kilometers;
  • Full gas tank;
  • Free cancellation;
  • Informational support.

For any extra services like a full insurance or an additional driver, you’ll have to pay an additional fee. The insurance costs approximately $60 per day.

Where to get a rental car in Ottawa?

There are plenty of service providers right at the Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) where you can easily pick up a rental car just after your arrival. Moreover, there are lots of offices scattered all over the city. Here are some of the addresses:

  • 355 St Patrick St;
  • 226 Queen St;
  • 320 Catherine St;
  • 1788 Bank St;
  • 826 Clyde Ave.

Car rentals in Ottawa

Must-see sights in Ottawa

Ottawa is a young, but a highly developed city. Being only 200 years old, it still has a pretty long list of attractions. Here you’ll admire excellent examples of neo-gothic and neoclassical architecture, discover a village where the time stopped in 1860 and so much more! Here are some of the main sights you can’t miss:

  • The Major’s Hill Park is a beautiful area close to the National Gallery. We advise you to visit this site during the sunset and enjoy great views on the Parliament and the Rideau Canal on the one side, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica on the other. It’s a wonderful place to escape from the heat during the summer and throw a picnic or plan a romantic date with marvelous views;
  • The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is a Catholic church in the neo-gothic style erected back in 1866. You’ll be mesmerized by its sharp metal spires which beautifully glitter and opalesce during the daylight. The gilded figure of Madonna with a baby is the symbol of the cathedral, associated with serenity and calmness. The interior is decorated in a classical gothic style with high ceilings and vitrages;
  • The Parliament Hill is a grand architectural complex which is considered to be the heart of the town. This administrative building attracts over 2 million visitors annually and is claimed to be a national symbol of the city. Every morning at 10 AM guests can enjoy the changing of the guard. If you want to get inside of the main building of the Parliament with a tour, you have to sign up for it online.

Festivals to attend in Ottawa

Throughout the year the capital hosts diverse events and festivals. Plan your trip in advance and choose one of the holidays you want to attend. Here are some of the brightest festivals:

  • The Kanata Ribfest and Corn Roast is an excellent event for all the bear and meet fans. Devoted to the end of the BBQ season in autumn, the festival includes cooking delicious ribs with various sauces, tasting craft beer, listening to live performances and having fun! We highly recommend you to visit it to participate in exciting contests, try tasty Canadian meat and dive into the local traditions. Another fascinating event to see in autumn is the Hot air balloon festival;
  • Winter is popular for the famous Winterlude festival in February, which is known for the exhibition of the ice statues and a skating rink 7 km in length, where people can enjoy a fun competition of racing on beds;
  • The traditional Tulips Festival is celebrated in May. During the event, all the parks are rich in colorful flower beds. There are a parade and lots of interesting attractions, concerts, and contests happening. Besides, you’ll have a chance to taste cuisines from all over the world at the street food market;
  • And if you are a fan of music, summer is a perfect period for you. Ottawa turns into a huge music festival where every music fan will find something to match his taste. Discover jazz, blues and chamber music during your visit to this wonderful city.