Ottawa is a waterfront city nestled by the broad Ontario River and intercut by the stunning Rideau Canal. At Downtown Rideau, the canal's cascading locks create a pretty picture and the local Bytown Museum details the history of the waterway. Enjoy canalside walks, boat cruises and admire the Gothic spires of Parliament Hill towering above the skyline. Watch a show at the National Arts Centre and visit the massive CF Rideau Centre for the best designer shopping in Ottawa. At the historic ByWard Market, explore quaint pastel-coloured buildings and one of the oldest farmers' markets in Canada. Stroll over 600 local boutiques, independent shops, food stalls, bars and restaurants and soak up the lively nightlife. Wander the impressive Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica and check out the artworks on display at the Ottawa Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada. Take a trip to one of the many parks in the heart of the city and go for long walks amongst the greenery. Tour rushing waterfalls at Rideau Falls Park and Hog's Back Park or relax on the small bay of golden sands at Leamy Lake. This lake is also great for bird watching with over 30 species nesting in the region. Be sure to stop by Major's Hill Park for some of the best views of Parliament Hill.