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National War Memorial

Elgin Street | Confederation Square, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N6, Canada
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Ranked #8 of 142 attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Traveler Description: Large war monument from the WWI era is located between and south of Parliament and the Chateau Laurier.  One of the more recognizable landmarks of... more »
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Durham, North Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My review is based on the accessible memorial. Repairs are under way now (July 2014), so the memorial in surrounded by a three or four meter wall. Too bad, especially on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War! The repairs were necessary and hopefully it'll be on view once again very soon. I did get he chance... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We visited and took some time to read and learn about the monument. However, families allowed their children to climb and sit upon the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We weren't impressed with that aspect, but the statue is beautiful -- with an angel above the troops below.

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San Diego, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I am not sure what they are doing to this that requires a full wall built around it taking it out of view. Shame to miss it.

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Calgary
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were actually there on Remembrance Day and the ceremony was amazing. We got to place our poppies and look at the names. We watched the ceremonies and the cannon shooting and the soldiers marching by, many in wheelchairs or walkers. It was a proud time.

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Ronneby, Sweden
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165 reviews 165 reviews
136 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Yes, this place is going through some major renovation. You can still see the big statue over the wall from a little distance.

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Calgary
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Unfortunately like many of the Ottawa Capital, the war memorial is currently closed due to construction. National action Plan I suppose?

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Ottawa, Ontario
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65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Stop by the National War Memorial. For most of us, because of the sacrifices of so many, we can freely express our thought and beliefs without being persecuted. The memorial is a great place to sit and contemplate. Grab a coffee and sit and watch the world go by!

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Stoney Creek
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51 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The sculpture is heart-warming, the structure gives you the pride that Rhodes must have felt for the Colossus, that moving! It is inaccessible and under re-furbishing right now, but a view from a distance assures you of it's stature.

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Almere, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

During our 3 days stay in Ottawa, we visited the National War Memorial on Confederation Square. Once you are in front of the impressive cenotaph and you realize that it is built to honour all Canadians who died for their country in the line of duty, you feel you have to show your respect. Plans for the creation of the... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This memorial is a place to reflect and think about your life, the world around you and the people around you. It is free to visit and is a great place to take your friends and family as it teaches a great deal about the losses faced in the time of war. A very emotionally stimulating landmark.

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