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Library and Archives Canada

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I was researching family history and the birth records were handwritten in French. The staff in... read more

Reviewed May 8, 2017
cdb15427
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White Rock, Canada
Nice exhibits

I am not sure is for tourists. It is a repository of Canadian heritage and history, you can find... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2016
thor2705
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Ottawa
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Sep 8, 2018
“Blast from the Past”
Jun 19, 2017
“Extremely helpful archivist.”
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The largest library in Canada with more than 10 million publications.
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Reviewed September 8, 2018

This was a real highlight for me. I love history. I had been working on researching some family photos and documents for several years so was very excited to finally get to see them. The Archives are well organized. I made an appointment with an...More

Thank M4MOM
Reviewed June 19, 2017

Came here for genealogical research. The archivist went our of her way to help. Many records available on site as well as on line. Many are also offsite that need to be requested - May take some time so request before your visit. Pencils only...More

Thank Jane S
Reviewed May 8, 2017

I was researching family history and the birth records were handwritten in French. The staff in the Genealogy area were very helpful translating entries for me. They were also helpful explaining early census records.

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Reviewed November 8, 2016

I am not sure is for tourists. It is a repository of Canadian heritage and history, you can find information about your ancestry and consult the Canadian Archives. There are also books in many languages. It is hosting nice exhibits sometimes interesting but sometimes a...More

Thank thor2705
Reviewed July 2, 2016

I know this place chiefly as an excellent resource for researchers, but this time I visited it because of an exhibition about Canadian comic books and graphic novels, from the Second World War to the present. It is nicely organized, though more could have been...More

Thank operalover939
Reviewed March 7, 2016

Was very disappointing, took a cab to get here then leave 15 minutes later. Was no what we thought maybe that's our fault by their website had no information either

2  Thank Matthew T
Reviewed March 7, 2016

Cut another destination off our trip to visit here and was very disappointed, Metis Exhibit? It was a few pictures and sentences nothing you couldn't see at a High School doing a Metis Exhibition

Thank Matthew T
Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Went in and security at front desk told us unless we had a research request there was no where we could go but on the main floor and there really was nothing to see. Not sure why it's advertised if you cannot go in?

Thank lenoraweikum
Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

I was hoping to just see the reading room at the archives but was told that since there were no records there - just tables and chairs - that I should not bother registering for the visit. I should have planned ahead to at least...More

Thank Tamara W
Reviewed July 19, 2015

I don't think you are able to view records now as they have been sent out to be transfer to digital. To hold the very papers my Grandfather held in 1917 was amazing. A memory to treasure forever. We did have them photocopy all the...More

1  Thank deborah j
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