We all want to live in the moment, but in the modern world, many of us can't help thinking about how many likes our vacation snaps will attract. You'll make your followers green with envy when you take photos from these Instagram-worthy Ottawa locations.
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When you see the Parliament Buildings, you know you're in the nation's capital. However, it can be difficult to get these buildings in a single shot. For a memorable photo of these Ottawa landmarks, head to Nepean Point. This peak provides the perfect vantage point for panoramic shots of the government buildings, along with the Canadian Museum of History and the Ottawa River. The views are incredible at any time of the day or night, but Narcity insists you should visit around dusk because the hill is the best place in the city for watching the sunset.
Major's Hill Park
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Major's Hill Park is a green oasis that gives Ottawa residents and visitors the chance to recharge their batteries and take some beautiful photos for their Instagram accounts. The park's trees and blooming flowers provide ample photo opportunities, but don't forget to snap some shots of the views. You can photograph the Parliament Buildings and Ottawa River from here, too, along with the Ottawa Locks on the Rideau Canal.
While you'll capture great shots all year round, Major's Hill Park is the place to be for photographing the Canada Day fireworks display. Ottawa Tourism suggests setting your smartphone or camera up near the railing, facing the Canadian Museum of History, for unobstructed photos of the firecrackers. Hotels in Ottawa frequently fill up during the national celebrations, so make sure you book well in advance. The Fairmont Château Laurier, located directly in front of the park, makes a convenient choice.
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Posting a photo of golden sand and the blue ocean sends a clear signal that you're on vacation. Canada isn't exactly known for its beaches, but Westboro Beach is a beautiful coastal spot. Visit during spring or summer when the sun is shining brightly for the most enviable and Instagram-worthy photos. For a really special snap, hit the beach around sunset. The sky is ablaze with reds, oranges, and pinks as the sun seems to disappear into the ocean, making for some stunning Instagram pics.
Mackenzie King Bridge
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So many people who step out on Mackenzie King Bridge are so dazzled by the Rideau Canal that they fail to take in the big picture. However, the bridge provides an ideal vantage point for your cityscapes. Face north for photos of some of Downtown Ottawa's most prominent landmarks, including the Shaw Centre, the National Arts Centre, and Sussex Drive. It's a great spot for photos at any time of year, whether the sun is shining during summer or the urban streets are covered in winter's white snow.
Don't be surprised if you get more likes than usual and even gain a few new followers when you post photos from these picturesque and totally Instagram-worthy Ottawa hotspots.