As pandemic-related travel restrictions loosen, Ottawans may start seeing crowds of tourists arriving to sample our renowned deep-fried dough, gawk at our LRT construction and visit other popular attractions.
According to Google Canada, an uptick in online travel searches began in June, with Ottawa among the top 10 destinations searched by fellow Canadians in the past month (admittedly, however, at No. 10, behind leaders Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, and even trailing — believe it or not — Edmonton).
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Ottawa ranks somewhat higher — seventh — among destination searches originating outside Canada, with Toronto, Vancouver and Banff owning the podium over the last month and Edmonton falling to 10th.
Meanwhile, travel-related searches for Italy, the United States and Mexico were tops among Canadians looking to leave the home of the glorious and free, with India and France rounding out the Top 5.