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Best Local Scene in Ottawa

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Centered around Preston Street, adjacent to Chinatown, Little Italy's history in the city can be traced back to the early 20th Century, when Italian immigrants first started settling in the area. Over the years, the neighborhood has evolved into a charming precinct with a rich Italian heritage. The St. Anthony's Church, built in 1913, is at the heart of the community, and you'll find a fine selection of Italian restaurants as well as specialty boutiques in the area. Preston Street itself has been renamed Corso Italia to honor its Italian heritage.

Originally named Colonel's Hill in honor of Colonel John By, the architect of the Canal Rideau, this park was renamed after By was replaced by a Major. The park offers a panoramic view of several major attractions, including Parliament Hill, the Ottawa River, the Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery and Notre-Dame Basilica. It's also the location of Colonel By's original home, or at least its foundation, as well as a statue of the city's founding father. The park is located along MacKenzie Avenue, directly behind the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Visitors can enjoy picnicking at the park's well maintained picnic areas. Taking a walk amidst the lush greenery is not a bad idea either! Escape the hustle bustle of the city and enjoy some tranquil moments at this beautiful park.

Built between 1827 and 1832 without the aid of powered machinery, the Rideau Canal is one of Ottawa's oldest landmarks. The canal runs from the Ottawa River near Parliament Hill to Hog's Back Falls on the south end of the city. During the summer months, a wide range of vessels, including tour boats, glide along the waterway. Come winter, the canal is transformed into the "World's Longest Skating Rink" and is a hub of activity during Ottawa's Winterlude festival.

This unique shopping and restaurant district covers nearly 12 square blocks and offers something for everyone. You'll find trendy stores selling the latest in designer fashions, jewelry and artwork, as well as a variety of excellent restaurants. In the evening, the market is a buzz of activity as party-goers hop from nightclub to nightclub. To experience the true roots of ByWard Market, visit during the weekend when local farmers and artisans ply their wares near the Byward Market Building. The market is closed on Christmas and New Year's Day but is otherwise open during the summer and fall.

A visit to the RCMP Musical Ride Centre brings you up close to the famous red-coated Canadian Mounties and their graceful four-legged mounts. After meeting the horses, you can visit the farrier station and walk through the tack room. The riding school provides a closer look at the challenging choreography the Mounties must master. You can also see the stately carriages that are used in royal escorts when the Queen visits Canada. The Musical Ride is a sight to behold, featuring choreographed demonstrations to music complete with lances and pennons.

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