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  • 1 Canada Aviation Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    11 Aviation Parkway CDN - Ottawa K1K 4R3

    During World War II, Canada was known as the "Aerodrome for Democracy." Fitting then, that this museum, opened in 1988, is devoted to the history of aviation from pioneer days to the present, with special emphasis on Canadian contributions...

  • 2 National Gallery of Canada Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    380 Sussex Dr. CDN - Ottawa K1N 9N4

    Capped by prismatic glass "turrets," the museum rises on the banks of the Ottawa River across from the Gothic parliament buildings. Its bold beauty, light and airy exhibit spaces and tranquil interior courtyards provide a unique setting for..

  • 3 Canadian Museum of Nature Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    240 Macleod St. - PO Box 3443 - Station D CDN - Ottawa K2P 2R1

    Compelling exhibits on the creation of oceans and continents, particularly North America, and an outstanding display on dinosaurs, with several complete reconstructions of skeletons, await visitors. An interesting Birds in Canada gallery features lif..

  • 4 Currency Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Bank of Canada complex - 245 Sparks St. CDN - Ottawa K1A 0G9

    Money from early China, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, Medieval and Renaissance Europe to its introduction and use in North America. The development of Canadian money is highlighted, with examples of wampum, the card money of New France, Hudson's Bay Compa..

  • 5 Canadian War Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 Vimy Place CDN - Ottawa K1R 1C2

    The architects' avant-garde design incorporates Morse Code windows that spell out "Lest We Forget" in sunlight on an inside wall. Don't miss paths over the museum's roof, allowing superb viewsa of the Ottawa River. Exhibits include 330 piec..

  • 6 Parliament Hill Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    90 Wellington St. CDN - Ottawa K1A 0A9

    Three Gothic-style parliament buildings dominate the northern side of Confederation Square, a triangular-shaped "island." In the middle of the square stands the towering granite archway of the National War Memorial, which was dedicated in 1..

  • 7 National Arts Centre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    53 Elgin St. CDN - Ottawa K1P 5K8

    This handsome building is home to theatres, a celebrated café and an outdoor terrace. It is home to the only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America. Performances hosted here range from theatre to classical music.

  • 8 Nepean Point Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    CDN - Ottawa K1N 9N4

    Situated high above the river beside Alexandra Bridge, this point offers views of Parliament Hill, Gatineau and the Gatineau Hills across the river. Overlooking the river facing west is a statue of Samuel de Champlain, who paddled up the Ottawa River..

  • 9 Laurier House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    335 Laurier-Av.-Est CDN - Ottawa K1N 6R4

    In 1897 Canada's first French-speaking prime minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, in office from 1896 to 1911, moved into the house. After his death Lady Laurier willed the house to Canadian prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, grandson of the rebel..

  • 10 Canada Agriculture Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Bâtiment 88 - Prince of Wales Dr. CDN - Ottawa K1G 5A3

    This museum is housed in a barn dating from the 1920s. Old breeds of sheep, cattle, pigs and horses can be seen. Seasonally, visitors can take wagon rides (Jun-Sept, Wed-Sun; $2.50) on the premises.

  • 11 Rideau Falls Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Se garer près de l’ambassade de France CDN - Ottawa

    On both sides of Green Island, the Rideau River drops over a sheer cliff into the Ottawa River. The intensity of the flow depends on the time of year. The falls are best viewed in the spring, or in winter when they are frozen. To see the second set o..

  • 12 Centre Block Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Ottawa K1A 0A9

    The only part of the original structure to escape the 1916 fire, the wood-panelled library is modelled on the reading room of the British Museum. Separately, the Peace Tower can be ascended for a fine viewa of the sprawling capital. Parliamentary pro..

  • 13 East Block Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Ottawa K1A 0A9

    Some of the offices have been authentically furnished to represent their occupants at the time: Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald; his Quebec colleague and fellow Father of Confederation Sir George-Étienne Cartier; the governor general, Lord Duffe..

  • 14 Rideau Canal Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Wellington St. CDN - Ottawa K7A 2A8

    Eight locks raise boats from the Ottawa River to the top of the cliff. There is also a boat trip on the canal

  • 15 Byward Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    55 ByWard Market Sq. CDN - Ottawa K1N 9C3

    Stretching over several blocks, this colorful market (primarily indoors in winter) has existed since 1846. From spring to late fall there are stalls of flowers, fruit and vegetables.

  • 16 Tin House Court Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Ottawa K1N 9C3

    Bordered by stone buildings and graced by a fountain, is home to Art Price's 1973 sculpture, once part of the actual facade of tinsmith Honoré Foisy's whimsical house. When Foisy's house was demolished, Price restored the facade and the city erected ..

  • 17 Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica Interesting

    Religious buildings

    385 Sussex Dr. CDN - Ottawa K1N 5H5

    Note the gold-leaf statue of the Madonna and Child between the steeples. To the right of the basilica, there is a statue of Joseph-Eugene Guigues, the first bishop of Ottawa, who was responsible for the cathedral's completion. The very fine woodwork ..

  • 18 Bytown Museum

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 Canal-Lane CDN - Ottawa

    Inside the 1827 Old Commissariat Building in downtown Ottawa, is this museum that tells tales of the city, starting with its early days as Bytown to Ottawa as it is today. Tours are offered in daily, with audio guides in six different languages. The ..

  • 19 Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

    Museums and art

    380 Prom. Sussex CDN - Ottawa K1N 9N4

    Founded and affiliated with the National Gallery of Canada in 1985, this museum actually has roots back to the 1940s. In order to acquire its collection, the museum assigned photographers to document the country, from its people to its natural resour..

  • 20 Royal Canadian Mint

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    320 Sussex Dr. CDN - Ottawa K1A 0G8

    New are the exhibits of 1999 and 2000 commemorative coin series: for the first time in the country's numismatic history, all Canadians were invited to enter a design competition for coins symbolizing the new millennium. The 24 winning entries (one co..

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