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Ski sea­son is well un­der­way at Mont Trem­blant, lo­cated just two hours north­east of Ottawa. With 96 down­hill runs geared to­ward skiers of vary­ing skill lev­els, we’re con­fi­dent you’ll find some­thing to get your blood pump­ing — whether you’re tak­ing your first steps on the moun­tain or ski­ing for the thou­sandth time. $11; chil­dren (three to 12): $9; chil­dren two and un­der: free; free gen­eral ad­mis­sion to the per­ma­nent gal­leries on Thurs­day evenings. Ad­mis­sion to spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions is ex­tra. Open Tues­day to Sun­day, 9am to 5pm; Thurs­day, 9am to 8pm; closed Mon­days. 240 McLeod St., 613-5664700. Map 4 E6 na­ture.ca

CANA­DIAN WAR MU­SEUM Per­ma­nent ex­hibits deal with the ex­pe­ri­ence of war through the ages, in­clud­ing bat­tles be­tween First Peo­ples, the French, and the Bri­tish, the South African War, the First and Se­cond World Wars, the Cold War, peace­keep­ing mis­sions, and re­cent con­flicts. The de­sign­ers of this stun­ning, eco­log­i­cally friendly build­ing have won the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Medal in Ar­chi­tec­ture. On­go­ing: World War Women looks at women’s con­tri­bu­tions dur­ing World War I and World War II, and also ex­am­ines the chal­lenges they faced in a chang­ing so­ci­ety. On­go­ing: Or­di­nary Peo­ple in Ex­tra­or­di­nary Times re­veals the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence in wartime, pre­sent­ing 12 dif­fer­ent sculp­tures from the First World War. $15; se­niors: $13; stu­dents: $10; chil­dren (three to 12): $8; chil­dren un­der three: free; fam­i­lies: $36. Free ad­mis­sion Thurs­day evenings. Sept. 8 to March 31: Open daily, 9.30am to 5pm; Thurs­day, 9.30am to 8pm. 1 Vimy Place, 800555-5621. Map 4 A3 war­mu­seum.ca

DIEFEN­BUNKER, CANADA’S COLD WAR MU­SEUM Once a bomb shel­ter built to pro­tect the prime min­is­ter, govern­ment lead­ers, and mil­i­tary brass in the event of a nu­clear at­tack, the Diefen­bunker — named for Canada’s for­mer prime min­is­ter, John Diefen­baker — has been pre­served as a mu­seum. The vast four-storey un­der­ground shel­ter presents ex­hibits about the Cold War era. Un­til Jan. 31: Group 6: The Cana­dian Forces Artists Pro­gram, 2012-2013. A group of artists from the Cana­dian Forces Artists Pro­gram of­fers in­sight into the his­tory, con­tri­bu­tions, and in­ter­ac­tions of the men and women of the Cana­dian Forces. On­go­ing: A Nu­clear Fam­ily Kitchen. In part­ner­ship with the Canada Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Mu­seum, the mu­seum gives vis­i­tors a glimpse of 1960s fam­ily life through the most im­por­tant room in the home — the kitchen. Wear a sweater; the tem­per­a­ture in­side the mu­seum is cool. $14; se­niors: $13; stu­dents: $10; youth (six to 18): $8; chil­dren five and un­der: free; fam­i­lies: $40. Open daily, 11am to 4pm. See web­site for sched­ule of guided, self-guided, and au­dio/video tours. 3929 Carp Rd., Carp, 613-8390007. Map 3 diefen­bunker.ca

NEIGH­BOUR­HOODS & SHOP­PING DIS­TRICTS

BANK STREET PROM­E­NADE True to its name, the street was orig­i­nally where the ma­jor banks first set up their of­fices. The prom­e­nade stretches from Welling­ton Street across from Par­lia­ment Hill to Gladstone Av­enue in Centretown. The 500 or so stores and ser­vices lo­cated along the strip are a blend of small lo­cally owned bou­tiques, and na­tional brands that of­fer cloth­ing, house­wares, art sup­plies, gourmet foods, and sport­ing goods. You’ll also find an as­sort­ment of cafés and restau­rants. Map 4 D5, D6 bankstreet.ca

BANK STREET SOUTH Also known as “Old Ottawa South.” Dozens of owner-op­er­ated spe­cialty stores, in­clud­ing bou­tiques of­fer hand-crafted giftware, fine fur­nish­ings, orig­i­nal art, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, and fine foods. Nu­mer­ous cafés serve spe­cialty coffee and light meals. The area houses the city’s “an­tique row,” fea­tur­ing early Cana­di­ana pieces. The Cana­dian Folk Walk of Fame stretches south from Sun­ny­side Av­enue. 613-247-4946. Map 5 E3 oldot­tawa­south.ca

BY­WARD MAR­KET The Mar­ket has been a cen­tre of com­merce since Ottawa was first founded as By­town in the early 19th cen­tury, and lo­cal farm­ers con­tinue to sell sea­sonal pro­duce from its stalls. Dozens of cafes, restau­rants, and night­clubs cre­ate a lively at­mos­phere. 613-5623325. Map 4 F3 by­ward-mar­ket.com

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