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Supreme Court of Canada

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Address: 301 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0J1, Canada
Phone Number: 613-947-5651
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This imposing building houses the highest court in Canada and is open to...
This imposing building houses the highest court in Canada and is open to the public for tours.
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Beautiful building and powerful symbol

Attended a session of the Supreme Court of Canada for work - no - I was not in trouble! Spent a day in the court and listening to historical and constitutional issues in such a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I thought that this would be a cool place to go to but really it's extremely boring. There's not many things you can do in there except for looking at paintings of old judges. Wouldn't recommend.

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Went with a couple of friends before heading over to Parliament for a scheduled tour. We were there for about ten minutes and felt like we had seen all the place had to offer. The security at the court felt as heavy as it did at Parliament - without the inherent understanding you get when you enter a governing building.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Even though I love my nation and I love our system of justice and am studying law, it was a rather boring visit. I did not sit in on a session, that probably would have made it a better visit.

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Alberta
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158 reviews 158 reviews
42 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Attended a session of the Supreme Court of Canada for work - no - I was not in trouble! Spent a day in the court and listening to historical and constitutional issues in such a beautiful setting was somewhat surreal. It is a courthouse but beautifully constructed and meticulously maintained. Staff was helpful and friendly. Definitely worth a quick visit... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Close to parliament and convenient. experience some Canadian history. Alert.. You might learn something. Staff very knowledgeable and willing to help.

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McAllen, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Had a semi solo tour of the grounds, canadians are so nice, they even let us sit on the supreme court judges seats!!

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I highly recommend a tour of the Supreme Court of Canada. You will learn about the history and composition of the court, along with a chance to ask questions. The tours are free! Because it was off-season I believe, we had to book a tour in advance, but they were very accommodating about our preferred day and time. You are... More 

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Berkel en Rodenrijs
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

There were not any tours at our time of visit but we had the option to take a look in the giant hall. This enormous hall was absolutely beautiful. Furthermore free leaflets with extensive information about the supreme court was provided. This was very helpful for us. Staff of the supreme court was very friendly. Nice place to visit for... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had a visitor into town this weekend and wanted to visit the court yesterday, however when we arrived everything was closed & locked up. The websites information clearly doesn't correspond with their hours, we also called the # listed on their site and it said open Mon- Fri. Providing accurate info to the public would be appreciated. "Early May... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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50 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The interiors, the art deco styling, the overall majesty of this building are lovely. It's worth the visit just to see the inside. The fact that the court itself is open to the public is also great.

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