Have the diaper bag and stroller ready to go as this is the home base for the day. Bring a water bottle and snacks for your nugget. If you prefer to take public transit, google transit instructions and save them on your phone. Regardless, wear comfy and supportive footwear.
A stroller is the best option for carrying your nugget on this mini-adventure (a hiking carrier is the next best choice).
The breakfast joint gets pretty busy on weekends. Try to be there before 9 a.m. if you are doing this itinerary on a Saturday or Sunday. The National Gallery has discounts on certain days of the week.
This day out is most enjoyable on sunny days anywhere between May and October. If you plan to visit during the winter, skating on the canal is a great way to get from point A to point B. The canal is only open during the coldest time of year (January and February), so additional prep beforehand (winter gear, layers, extra clothes) is a good idea. You can also bring strollers on the canal.
Save money on admission to the National Gallery by viewing it's website for the discounted days.
Enjoy this exciting full-day itinerary in Ottawa for kids. Kick start this mini-adventure at Elgin Street Diner with a balanced breakfast. Next, walk down one of Ottawa’s oldest streets and view the Parliament buildings. This is a must-do for any visitors new to the area. There is a multitude of fun family things to do in Ottawa and so much history and beautiful architecture to be seen. Also, the food at Elgin Street Diner won’t disappoint. Moving on with the adventure, connect to the Trans Canada Trail to get up to the National Art Gallery. There are plenty of views of the Rideau River and the Parliament buildings. After a visit to the National Gallery, a delicious latte and a tour of the ByWard Market hits the spot. Lastly, finish off with a relaxing visit to one of the Parliamentary Parks (Majors Hill). It’s a lovely way to end your day, leaving you with great memories of all the views of the area you visited. Feel free to follow up this mini-adventure with a walk down the Rideau Canal in the evening. Plus, grab dinner at one of the many fine establishments on Elgin Street. With all the historic sites, great food and gorgeous scenery, there is no better way to spend a day in Canada’s capital.