Welcome to Ottawa!
It will be an exciting week of discovery and adventure for the hundreds of participants who join us for the 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair, the first time in over 40 years this creative event will be in the nation’s capital.
There will be so much to see, so much to do. Not least of which, for the scientific or inquiring mind, is the Canada Science and Technology Museum, which must surely be at the top of the 'must see' list. Explore its slew of scientific exhibits and themes, ranging from massive steam locomotives of a bygone age to modern telecommunications technology. Other museums worthy of a peek include the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum, and the Bytown Museum, which showcases Ottawa’s early days as a rough-and-tumble lumber town. And across the Ottawa River in downtown Gatineau lies the majestic Canadian Museum of Civilization, also home to the Canadian Postal Museum and Canadian Children’s Museum.
A plethora of historic buildings, galleries and landmarks beckon the visitor. These include the Parliament Buildings, Rideau Hall, the Supreme Court, the former Union Station, and the nearby historic railway hotel, the Chateau Laurier. The picturesque Byward Market area and the capacious Rideau Centre cater to the needs of almost any consumer.
If one is in the mood for a stroll or a jog (or cycling - bike rentals are available), Ottawa has no shortage of delightful walking and recreational paths from which to choose. These include paths along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers, as well as on both sides of the historic Rideau Canal, which connects the two main universities, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. The Sparks Street Mall offers the chance to combine strolling and shopping in a relaxing, car-free environment.
Double-decker bus tours, boat cruises along the Rideau Canal, and a trip to nearby Gatineau Park enable visitors to further survey the sites and scenery of Canada's capital city and its environs.
Just don't get too carried away - there are stocks outside the old jailhouse (and now youth hostel) on Nicholas Street that are reserved specifically to punish unruly out-of-town science students!