Why now: Canada is gearing up for a big bash in 2017 in honor of its 150th birthday and nowhere will the revelry reach such a fever pitch as in the capital city. Ottawa plans a year's worth of "bold spectaculars, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations," including a citywide picnic and a summer-long Inspiration Village highlighting the culture of each province and territory.
What to see: Festivities aside, Ottawa boasts an attractive riverside setting, soaring Gothic Revival architecture and vibrant street markets. You can go whitewater rafting down its namesake river in the summer or skate atop the world's largest rink (Rideau Canal) each winter.
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