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Ranked #1 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
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Category: History Museums; Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally renowned for its symbolic architecture; it is synonym... more » Owner description: The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally renowned for its symbolic architecture; it is synonym for inspiring and touching stories. Canada's rich military history is showcased through personal stories, artwork, photographs and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world, as well as the roll Canadians played in them. Until September 21 visit the special exhibition Witness - Canadian First World War Art. In the opinion of many historians, the nation called Canada was forged during the First World War. Canadian artists at home and on the front created artworks officially and unofficially that document and interpret the impact of war and military events on Canada and Canadians. Drawing on the Canadian War Museum's rich and unique war art holdings, the innovative exhibition will show a significant number of never-before exhibited works and expand Canadians' visual understanding of the First World War in its international, national, and personal dimensions. « less
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Ranked #2 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
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Category: Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Three Gothic Revival-style buildings, located on a 170-foot bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, house the offices of the... more » Owner description: Three Gothic Revival-style buildings, located on a 170-foot bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, house the offices of the members of Parliament, the House of Commons and the Senate. Free guided tours delve into Canadian history and explain the workings of the political system. « less
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Ranked #3 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Historic Sites; Trails; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in the summer and becomes the "World's Longest Skating... more » Owner description: One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in the summer and becomes the "World's Longest Skating Rink" in the winter. « less
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Ranked #4 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Cultural

Located at the intersection of Wellington St. and Elgin St. just a few steps from Parliament Hill, this large granite and bronze war monument originally was built to commemorate... more »

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Ranked #5 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Observation Decks/ Towers; Cultural

Tall tower located in the front middle of the Center Block building of the Canadian Parliament.  Contains an observation deck, clock,  carillon and a war memorial hall.  Admission... more »

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Ranked #6 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin spires.
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Ranked #7 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Art Museums; History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures,... more » Owner description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos. « less
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Ranked #8 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Science Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Museum engages visitors with the wonder of flight through its spectacular collection, educational programming,... more » Owner description: The Museum engages visitors with the wonder of flight through its spectacular collection, educational programming, activities, and special events. The Museum focuses on aviation in Canada, but within an international context, from its beginnings in 1909 to the present day. As Canada’s contribution to aviation expanded to include aerospace technology, the Museum’s collection and mandate grew to include space flight.The Collection itself consists of more than 130 aircraft and artifacts (propellers, engines) from both civil and military service. It gives particular, but not exclusive, reference to Canadian achievements. The most extensive aviation collection in Canada, it is also considered one of the finest in the world.Care and development of this collection remains one of the Museum’s main purposes. The Museum practises conservation and restoration techniques to keep the collection in a condition equal to the highest standards. « less
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Ranked #9 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: ; History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Visit one of the most unique tourist attractions in Canada! Built to protect top officials of the Canadian government from... more » Owner description: Visit one of the most unique tourist attractions in Canada! Built to protect top officials of the Canadian government from nuclear attack, this once-secret underground bunker is now a museum & National Historic Site of Canada. Explore over 100,000sq ft of bunker secrets and relive the experience of the Cold War. With its extraordinary engineering and architectural features, the Diefenbunker is a poignant reminder of one of the most turbulent periods of modern history. « less
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Ranked #10 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Performances; Cultural
Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.
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Ranked #11 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
In use since 1832, these locks link the Ottawa River with the Rideau Canal and are still operated by hand.
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Ranked #12 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
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Ranked #13 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Dubbed the "emerald necklace," this rural landscape spans 200 square-kilometers of open space containing farms, forests,... more » Owner description: Dubbed the "emerald necklace," this rural landscape spans 200 square-kilometers of open space containing farms, forests, natural areas, recreational facilities, and public and private research complexes. « less
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Ranked #14 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: ; Natural History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a handsome heritage "castle". Marvel at dinosaurs... more » Owner description: Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a handsome heritage "castle". Marvel at dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles in the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery. See grizzlies and other wild animals up close in beautiful dioramas in the Mammal Gallery. Observe hundreds of specimens in the Bird Gallery. See a real blue whale skeleton in the RBC Blue Water Gallery. Be dazzled by over a thousand gorgeous minerals and rocks in the Vale Earth Gallery. Peer at an eye-popping assortment of creepy crawlies in Animalium. Enjoy an action-packed 3D movie. Take advantage of numerous hands-on activities. Don't miss the special, travelling exhibitions. A superb destination for visitors of all ages! « less
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Ranked #15 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Gardens; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Cultural
Owner description: Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site,... more » Owner description: Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site, situated in an idyllic 79-acre urban oasis, is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. « less
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Ranked #16 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Parks; Outdoors
This pretty park is located near several museums, churches and the Ottawa River.
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Ranked #17 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors

If you love trees, Ottawa's Arboretum is a lovely place to visit in any season. It is adjacent to the Central Experimental Farm. There are five public areas to visit at the... more »

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Ranked #18 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Educational Sites; Government Buildings; Cultural
Owner description: Producing coins since 1908, this excellent collecting resource features gold, silver and platinum coins commemorating... more » Owner description: Producing coins since 1908, this excellent collecting resource features gold, silver and platinum coins commemorating Canada's heritage. « less
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Ranked #19 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Waterfalls; Outdoors
Beautiful 60-foot waterfall where the Rideau River and Rideau Canal part.
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Ranked #20 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Government Buildings; Cultural
This imposing building houses the highest court in Canada and is open to the public for tours.
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Ranked #21 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: History Museums; Museums

The Bytown Museum is a very small museum in Ottawa. Altough it is small, it really shows the history of Ottawa! It's located on the Rideau Canal, in the oldest stone building... more »

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Ranked #22 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
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Ranked #23 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Cultural
This historic residence served as the Prime Minister's home before 24 Sussex Drive.
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Ranked #24 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Convention Centers; Landmarks
Shaw Centre,Canada's Meeting Place. (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre)
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Ranked #25 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is living proof of the "Green Capital". In fact, Ottawa is the only world capital that... more » Owner description: The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is living proof of the "Green Capital". In fact, Ottawa is the only world capital that has a working farm at its heart. Canada's unique agricultural heritage is featured at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, where you can explore the sights and sounds of typical farm life. Visit the Animals Get up close and personal with a number of animals at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. In our barns and barnyards, you'll see different breeds of various farm animals. Don't forget to look for our heritage breeds! See the Exhibitions The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum features fun, interactive exhibitions showcasing Canada's agricultural history as well as contemporary agricultural problems and solutions. « less
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Ranked #26 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
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Ranked #27 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
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Ranked #28 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #29 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Welcome to Little Ray's Reptile Zoo and Reptiles For Kids! Since 1995, we have been offering one of Canada's most fun and... more » Owner description: Welcome to Little Ray's Reptile Zoo and Reptiles For Kids! Since 1995, we have been offering one of Canada's most fun and interactive approaches to eco education and zoology. The reptile zoo has the largest and most diverse animal education outreach program in Canada and has trained zookeepers and zoo facilities on site and off site since its inception. Our facility is one of a kind in the Ottawa area, and offers a series of dynamicschool and daycare programs, children's birthday parties, and hosting and bookings forcorporate events and fair exhibition tours across Canada for more than 15 years. « less
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Ranked #30 of 102 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Theaters & Stadiums

Arena located in the edge suburb of Kanata is home to the Ottawa Senators hockey team. more »

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