'The city that fun forgot?' Actually, Ottawa is pretty cool

Ottawa's Rideau Canal, which runs through the city, boasts a 7.8km-long skating rink that makes it the largest naturally frozen skating destination in the world.
Ottawa's Rideau Canal, which runs through the city, boasts a 7.8km-long skating rink that makes it the largest naturally frozen skating destination in the world.PHOTO: OTTAWA TOURISM

OTTAWA - Admittedly, Ottawa, Canada's chilly capital, is not the first destination that comes to mind when contemplating a holiday. But the under-the-radar city that patiently endures monikers such as "The City that Fun Forgot" and "Dead After Dark" has a unique visual charm, hidden treasures, an astonishing catalogue of good places to dine and a quirky sense of play.

Neighbouring Montreal brags about its naughtiness, Pacific Rim Vancouver boasts its scenery and hyperactive Toronto flaunts its New York-ness. Scrappy, plucky Ottawa does not boast at all.

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