3 days in Ottawa & Kingston Itinerary

3 days in Ottawa & Kingston Itinerary

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3 days in Ottawa & Kingston Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Ferry + Fly:  2 h 45 min
1
Ottawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kingston
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Toronto

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night
Ottawa

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
On the 15th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Parliament Hill and Buildings and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): take a stroll through ByWard Market, then pause for some photo ops at Oscar Peterson Statue, then hike along Rideau Canal, and finally get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ottawa online day trip planner.

Toronto to Ottawa is an approximately 3-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kingston.

Things to do in Ottawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Parliament Hill and Buildings ©
Parliament Hill and Buildings
Rideau Canal National Historic Site ©
ByWard Market ©
ByWard Market

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Kingston

Kingston ©
Called the "Limestone City" because it contains many white-stone buildings, Kingston served as the first capital of Canada.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Gaskin Lion, see the interesting displays at Canada's Penitentiary Museum, then stroll around Kingston Waterfront, then browse the exhibits of Fort Henry National Historic Site, and finally go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kingston planner.

Drive from Ottawa to Kingston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kingston can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kingston

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Fort Henry National Historic Site ©
Fort Henry National Historic Site
Kingston Waterfront ©
Kingston Waterfront
Canada's Penitentiary Museum ©
Canada's Penitentiary Museum

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