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  • 1 Canada Aviation and Space 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 strikingly designed War Museum tells the history of the conflicts that have affected Canada since the battles in the 17C between the French and the Iroquois up until the Korean War. 13,000 objects are displayed ranging from a full scale reconstit..

  • 6 Parliament Hill (Ottawa) 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 (Ottawa) 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

    Museums and art

    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

    The Canada Agriculture Museum is housed in a barn dating from the 1920s. Heritage breeds of sheep, cattle, pigs and horses can be seen. In summer, visitors can take wagon rides.

  • 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

    Rideau Canal, a listed Unesco site, is ideal for a wide range of leisure activities. In summer, canoeing and boating are popular and in winter ice skating takes over, while the banks are popular with cyclists, runners and cross-country skiers. Small ..

  • 15 Byward Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    55 ByWard Market Sq. CDN - Ottawa K1N 9C3

    This picturesque market and its colorful flower, fruit and vegetable stalls, which overflow into the neighbouring streets in summertime, has existed since 1820. Byward Market Building is home to restaurants and craft shops. On the way to Clarence Str..

  • 16 Tin House Court Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Ottawa K1N 9C3

    The "courtyard of the tinsmith's house" is a peaceful, cobbled square, graced by a fountain. A sculpture adorns the square's northwestern wall, which was once part of the facade of a house belonging to a tinsmith called Honoré Foisy. When F..

  • 17 Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica (Ottawa) 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. The stone building has a picturesque setting on the Rideau Canal locks between..

  • 19 Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

    Museums and art

    380 Prom. Sussex CDN - Ottawa K1N 9N4

    The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography is now housed in the National Art Gallery of Canada where it stages temporary exhibitions.

  • 20 Canadian Ski Museum

    Museums and art

    317 Chemin du Bord-du-Lac CDN - Pointe-Claire H9R 2V0

    On weekdays, museum staff are on hand to guide visitors through the overflow collection rooms, where more than 700 skis that date from the early 19C are housed. In the main exhibit area of this small museum, archival photographs and equipment depict ..

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