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National War Memorial

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Address: Elgin Street | Confederation Square, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N6, Canada
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This is not the most impressive Canadian war memorial I've seen -- that distinction belongs to the memorial at Vimy Ridge -- but it is certainly up there. It is sad, however, that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is not the most impressive Canadian war memorial I've seen -- that distinction belongs to the memorial at Vimy Ridge -- but it is certainly up there. It is sad, however, that the soldiers forming the honour guard now need police protection as a result of the murderous action of that madman a few months ago.

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Nova Scotia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This monument is a fitting tribute to all of men and women who have given their lives in the service to their fellow citizens. I was fortunate to come just as the sentinels were commencing their vigil for the day. It is an honour to be tasked with this duty and regardless of if the member is Regular Force or... More 

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Calgary, Canada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is the second best Canadian war memorial, and is a lot more accessible than Vimy Ridge, so take advantage and pay your respects to fallen soldiers :)

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I make a point of walking to the War Memorial every time I am in downtown Ottawa. The Tomb of the Unknown soldier is particularly moving. The remains are those of a soldier who lost his life in WWI, and could not be identified. He now rests here, watch over by representatives of different units from the Canadian Armed Forces.... More 

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L'Orignal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It is really special to see soldiers guarding our War Memorial monument. They stand still and show so much respect for our fallen heroes.

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ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A memorial to remind us of those who have fallen serving Canada. It is in the middle of a round-about and close to major attractions such as the Parliament Buildings and the Rideau Canal. You cannot get more central than that. You are only a step away from Sparks Street which is worth the walk

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West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The monument is beautiful, but what sets this apart is the continuous guards from various regiments to stand over the tomb of the unknowns. The Parks Canada docents are very knowledgeable and very friendly, eager to be helpful to first-time tourists like us. It only takes a couple of minutes to take in the ceremonies, and they are well worthwhile.

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I saw the memorial in the day and the night. It was two different experiences. It is peaceful and somber in the middle of Ottawa. It's hard not give this site s good review because of everything it stands for.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Its right in the middle of the city and very poignant, lovely to walk around and read the inscriptions and read all the names. It was a really hot day but the guardsmen were in full uniform with a smile on their faces.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I visited in the winter with snow, so the memorial was not fully accessible, but this wasn't a problem. It is a beautiful memorial to Canadian war dead. Well worth the stop. It's a good spot to pause and consider the sacrifice of soldiers and sailors.

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Address: Address: Elgin Street | Confederation Square, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N6, Canada
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa

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