Capital of Canada
The Beautiful City of Ottawa

The Capital of Canada, located in southeastern Ontario Province is a city with great Victorian architecture and many museums as the National Gallery of Canada.

The Rideau Canal, lined by parks is used for boating in summer and ice-skating in winter.

The canal divides central Ottawa into Lower Town on the north and Upper Town in the south. Busy avenues are Wellington, Kent O’Connor, Metcalfe and Spark Streets.

Parliament Hill in Ottawa Canada

Parliament Hill in Ottawa Canada

This is the site of the Parliament Buildings, of Victorian Gothic sandstone. It is an amazing sight of a 50-meter-high hill looking over the Ottawa River.

The Library is located on the back of the building opposite the entrance. It is a beautiful octagon that was left untouched by the 1916 fire.

The grass area in front of the building is patrolled during summers by members of the Canadian Mounted Police, looking very dashing in their Mountie uniforms of scarlet jackets, Stetsons, riding breeches, and knee boots. On summer mornings, the Changing of the Guard attracts visitors with its band and pipers. The ceremony begins at 9:50 am, but you should be there at least 15 minutes before that for a good view.


Rideau Canal in the Capital of Canada

Rideau Canal in the Capital of Canada

It is a 200-kilometer-long canal that connects Ottawa with Kingston on Lake Ontario. It is only 1.6-meter-deep and was built as a strategic route between Montreal and Lake Ontario;

In summer, the canal and locks are an active waterway. As soon as it freezes over, the canal becomes a recreational area for festivals and skating, one of the favorite things to do in Ottawa in the winter.

On the canal bank there is a beautiful building called Château Laurier with an air of a medieval castle, but it was actually built in 1912 and is a prime example of how big Canadian railroad companies added grand hotels, and striking landmarks, across Canada.

Canadian War Museum

It explores Canada’s military past, starting with the French fighting the Iroquois people in the 16th century through the Canadian contribution to the First and Second World Wars and the role of modern peacekeepers.

Also shown is the history of the 1812 war with the USA, from the Canadian perspective.

National Gallery of Canada

Designed by Moshe Safdie, this is an ultra-modern architectural masterpiece, near the Parliament buildings.

Inside, galleries display aboriginal art, trace the development of Canadian art from religious works to the Group of Seven, explore European Impressionism, and show temporary exhibitions.

Canadian Museum of Nature

It takes the visitors from the era of Dinosaurs all the way to today’s animal population of Canada. It is located on a historic building that was once the Victoria Memorial Museum. It was completed in 1910.

Capital of Canada

Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa

Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa

It happens in the Capital of Canada every spring when the end of winter, the tulips given as a present by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, in gratitude for Canada’s role during World War II, come into bloom all over the city.

Major's Hill Park, southwest of the basilica, is enlightened with thousands of tulips. In all, several million tulips bloom in the city, with tulip attraction sites spread out on a scenic "Tulip Route." Fireworks and performances are also regular attractions.

National War Memorial

This is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the foot of a bronze sculpture of soldiers emerging from a granite arch.

At the bottom are the years of conflicts where Canadian forces have fought. A brief, but solemn, Changing of the Guard ceremony here is led by a single bagpiper, and the monument is the center of activities on Remembrance Day, when it is traditional for people to leave poppies on the tomb.

Blast tunnel

It is located outside of Ottawa in an underground building constructed in the early 1960s to protect important functions of the Canadian government in the case of a nuclear war.

This is one of several buildings built in Canada during the Cold War and is therefore called Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Blast tunnel

Notre Dame Basilica

This is a beautiful Catholic Basilica consecrated in 1946. It has mahogany interiors carved by Philippe Parizeau and figures of the four evangelists, prophets, and apostles by Louis-Philippe Hébert.

It has 17 stained-glass windows picturing scenes of Christ and the Virgin Mary by Montreal artist Guido Nincheri.

Royal Canadian Mint

It doesn’t actually manufacture Canada’s coins, but it actually creates finely crafted medals, commemorative coins for collectors, and awards in precious metals, including Olympic medals. The tour is fascinating, especially on weekdays when you can see the craftspeople at work.


Map of Canada showing the location of Ottawa

Map of Canada showing the location of Ottawa

For more information visit Canada Tourism Official Website

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