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Ranked #1 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Performances

MosAika - “ Canada through the eyes of its people” Is the latest version (launched Summer 2010) of the Government of Canada / National Capital Commission’s (NCC) Sound & Light... more »

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Ranked #2 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Military Museums; History Museums
Owner description: Discover the military history of Canada through a vast collection of artifacts, moving personal stories, works of art, and... more » Owner description: Discover the military history of Canada through a vast collection of artifacts, moving personal stories, works of art, and unforgettable photography. Explore the human conflicts that have shaped Canada, Canadians and the world. With its prize-winning, richly symbolic architecture, the War Museum, provides a spectacular setting for exhibitions, public programs and other events that illustrate the way in which human conflict, in Canada and around the globe, has changed the face of the world. « less
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Ranked #3 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
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Category: Government Buildings; Historic Sites
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 #4 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Bodies of Water; Trails; Historic Sites
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 #5 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Religious Sites
This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin spires.
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Ranked #6 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Observation Decks/ Towers

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 #7 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Biking Trails
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Ranked #8 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Art Museums; History 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 #9 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Monuments/ Statues

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 #10 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Specialty Museums; Science 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 #11 of 146 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 #12 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Performances
Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.
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Ranked #13 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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 #14 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Parks
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 #15 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Neighborhoods
Owner description: ESTABLISHED by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary... more » Owner description: ESTABLISHED by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place. WITHIN an area roughly four blocks square, you'll find museums, cafes, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair & aesthetics salons and more! Easily accessible on foot, by transit or by car, the ByWard Market offers a unique experience for all. « less
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Ranked #16 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #17 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Government Buildings; Gardens
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 #18 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas

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 #19 of 146 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 #20 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
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Ranked #21 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Parks
This pretty park is located near several museums, churches and the Ottawa River.
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Ranked #22 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Government Buildings; Educational Sites
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 #23 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Waterfalls
Beautiful 60-foot waterfall where the Rideau River and Rideau Canal part.
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Ranked #24 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: History 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 #25 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Government Buildings
This imposing building houses the highest court in Canada and is open to the public for tours.
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Ranked #26 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
This historic residence served as the Prime Minister's home before 24 Sussex Drive.
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Ranked #27 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Specialty 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 #28 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Convention Centers
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Ranked #29 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #30 of 146 attractions in Ottawa
Category: Monuments/ Statues
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