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Supreme Court of Canada

301 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0J1, Canada (Byward Market Area)
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Ranked #24 of 139 attractions in Ottawa
Type: Government Buildings
Description: This imposing building houses the highest court in Canada and is open to the public for tours.
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English first
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The building is beautiful, follows the "Chateau" style of architecture, sits on a large piece of land overlooking the Ottawa River and houses two beautiful statues out front. A "serious" looking building. You enter and the grand hall welcomes you, as does security. Expect to go through baggage scans and metal detector - I wasn't expecting that. The building houses... More

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Calgary, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I'm sort of a political geek, so the tour here was very interesting. So rich in history, marble from Italy, wood from Africa. Grand spaces, well detailed. Was not much of a line, all presentations are provided in English and French. Would say its worth the time to go see.

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Akron, Ohio
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155 reviews 155 reviews
57 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I had to circle the building by working slowly and talking to one police man on the outside before knowing which door to enter. The time spent looking for the door was worth it. I made my visit and took my tour on Saturday on last day of May 2014 in the afternoon Here is another reason for so many... More

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Boisbriand, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Nice free guided visit. Very interesting. Not recommended for small children, they might find the talking and subject boring but very educational for teens and adult. Very good guided tour.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Although we could not figure out what door to go into to take our tour and circled the whole building, it was great. Tip: wait out front til you see some action if it is a weekend. We went into chambers and sat and heard about the history of the court and some cases. It was very interesting and informative.... More

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Top Contributor
749 reviews 749 reviews
240 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

The tour of the Supreme Court was given by a graduating law student. The architecture is gorgeous and the interior used 3 types of wood-- from Africa, Australia and another country ( i can't remember). The marble is Italian. Everything is symmetrical--both sides o the building are identical. All the furnishings and light fixtures were designed by the same architect.... More

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Comox, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is a beautiful building and has a few interesting displays in the antechamber but there is not much public access to anything else. Tours need to be arranged in advance and are subject to change depending on what the court is doing. Either way it's worth a quick drop in.

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We were offered a very nice tour here which I would recommend to anyone. Where else can you tour the highest court in the country?

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

... if this is of any interest to you. The actual tour was only 30 min. start to finish. I found it quite interesting. No cost.

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Ottawa, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I had the opportunity to visit the Supreme Court building a few years back and was fascinated to learn the surprising history of the two beautiful bronze statues that flank the entrance (Truth and Justice). They were sculpted by Canadian Walter Seymour Allward (designer of the monumental Canadian Memorial in Vimy, France) and were originally to have been part of... More

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