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Address: Elgin Street | Confederation Square, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N6, Canada
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a very touching area that everyone should pay a visit to while visiting Ottawa. Its just amazing, to be able to watch the guards standing proud!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Pine Bush, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The Canadian War Memorial, while in theory is the equivalent of the US Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, you really cannot compare the two. You will need to adjust your expectations. It was only added to the Canadian National War Memorial in 2000, and only has had guards since 2007. Basically there are a pair uniformed sentries (representatives of various... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

a very touching area that everyone should pay a visit to while visiting Ottawa. Its just amazing, to be able to watch the guards standing proud!

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Bruce Peninsula, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A memorial to WWI and WWII; changing of the guard is done every hour, with bagpipes accompaniment. Very well done; right across the road from Parliament.

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Chatham, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

be sure to follow up a visit with a visit to the war museum. They have a small scale replica and some background behind the monument. At the recent Ottawa Marathon the race started with the first kilometre running up towards the base, very inspiring!

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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

It is a beautiful tribute to the fallen soldiers. I spoke with one friendly officer on site and he told me the history behind it. Recommend to anyone visiting Ottawa.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Great place to visit to show the kids. We were fortunate enough to be around on Sunday May 17 at 5pm when the piper came to escort the two guards off duty. Nice little show and it gets crowded. Lots of places to sit around the Memorial. Good rest spot after lots of walking.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is an exceptionally well executed memorial exceptionally well located in a highly visible location right next to the Parliament Buildings (and other Ottawa landmarks) where our elected representatives do their thing. Whatever your political leanings and however you might feel about the current batch of Members of Parliament, we all need to recognize that we ARE able to ELECT... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very touching moment for us. It is also where the shooting of the guard happened last year. Solonel and respectful of all who gave their lives for us.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Travelling with a small group, we passed the Memorial, but with free time we made sure to retrace our steps on foot. The ultimate sacrifice made by many over various wars cannot be over emphasised. This Memorial, with the eternal flame is beautifully presented and on a sunny Patriotes Day, this was time well spent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It is a stunning piece of art, and a impressive memorial. We were pleased at how many people were visiting it. There are stone bench areas to sit and think.

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