Notre Dame Basilica

Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa

Notre Dame Basilica
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin spires.
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Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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Shawn
Norwood, Ontario148 contributions
Sep 2021
This church is presently taking COVID restrictions very seriously and, as a result, it is currently only open to view briefly before and after mass times. We arrived at a non-mass time and were greeted by one of the friendliest men I've ever met! He very graciously explained why it wasn't open, when we could come back, and the COVID precautions we could expect upon returning. We came back at the designated time and simply sat for a period of time drinking in the beauty and wonder of this magnificent building, its history, and its purpose. Beautiful.
Written September 12, 2021
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Peter P
10 contributions
May 2022
The Basilica was closed to tours when were in Ottawa, so we opted to go an English Mass, as did a lot of other tourists, I think. The pipe organ and choir was beautiful, and we enjoyed and appreciated the service. It was dignified and easy to understand, even though there were no bulletins available.
Written May 20, 2022
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GarnettOttawa_Canada
Ottawa, Canada67 contributions
Feb 2020
I have lived in Ottawa all my life and never once attended mass or a religious event at this rare masterpiece. The ceilings are high, decoratively painted and most pillars are gilded.

The pews , on the other hand, are plain painted wooden benches. The altar is simple bu the structure is huge and allows for many side balconies for parishioners to view the clergy say mass.

The building offers it's space for many local community events.

Any one appreciating spectacular examples of old style Catholic Basilica's, Notre Dame will delight. A must see historic land mark if visiting Ottawa or Gatineau.
Written March 5, 2020
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toddlerpants
Droitwich, UK982 contributions
Aug 2019
Stunning building and an impressive sight. I love that there are so many Tin/metal roofs in Canada. I was told it is because it does not crack and break in the cold temperatures of winter, and the snow slides off therefore reducing the weight on the roof.
Inside it is quiet and there is a peaceful aura despite the numbers of visitors. The ceilings are awesome and a must see.
Written July 10, 2020
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fPisces3
Canada55 contributions
Aug 2020
Beautiful church right in the heart of downtown Ottawa, great architecture inside. It is right opposite the National Art Gallery. Parking in the rear and is free during service times.

There are attendance restrictions during Covid, they ensure to space out participants, names and contact to be provided for contact tracing.

We timed out visit to the National Art Gallery to attend mass at the Basilica.
Written September 6, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,085 contributions
Sep 2019
The exterior architecture is beautiful, but the interior is awesomely magnificent. The coordination of colours is exceptionally good. The marble columns are extremely impressive. Beautiful sky-blue upper ceilings with star like design. Altar is amazing.
Written June 28, 2020
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Hayward W
46 contributions
Oct 2020
The last standing pilgrim centers. They dont build churches like these anymore. Great architectural monument. great colours, columns and arches. Reminds of the Cathedrals you see in whole of Europe
Written December 31, 2020
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St-Amand Utsahi (Nérée)
Ottawa, Canada16 contributions
Feb 2020
A very peaceful place, divinely decorated, with a very rich history.
I attended a funeral service at this Cathedral, with renovated Casavant organ playing : super sounds... I also assisted at many large crouds ceremonies in this Basilica. Most memorable one was Jean Vanier's conference, co-founder of the Arche community (1964), about how we see the less privileged population (sometimes called the handicaped).
Written March 9, 2020
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Brynlea W
Waterloo, Canada181 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Had the pleasure of stopping in to the cathedral on our recent trip to ottawa. We were lucky enough to be the only ones there upon arrival. The detail in ever inch is amazing and the colours are stunning. The architecture takes your breath away.
Written February 6, 2020
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Sachin K
Plainview, NY5,840 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Notre Dame Basilica in Ottawais architecturally very beautiful from the outside. Could not visit inside as there was a private function going on. Will visit inside the next time, when in Ottawa.
Written November 10, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Notre Dame Basilica

Notre Dame Basilica is open:
  • Sun - Sun 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
  • Mon - Mon 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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