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Notre Dame Basilica

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This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin spires.
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385 Sussex Dr. | at Guigues Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H5, Canada
Byward Market Area
+1 613-241-7496
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Been here several times and often time will take visitors to the city to this Ottawa landmark. A beautiful structure.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Undoubtedly one of the nicest church buildings I've ever visited. The ceiling is magnificent and the organ is stunning. I was lucky to attend a bilingual Mass at the basilica which was a great experience. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jmil6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You gave to try to get in, it won't take long to visit, look up at the ceiling and the pipe organ. If you are lucky or if you plan well, you could appreciate the acoustic if a choral is shinning.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Marie G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very lovely church. The very front door was locked and we were glad we decided to check the side door. We visited right after going to the Gallery. Was directly across the street. Lit candles and made donations.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This outside of this church is very simmilar to Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. So, the interior was more interesting for me instead of the view of the outside building. My overall score is 65 out of 100.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Navid A
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Great church with magnificent arts inside. Centralized in down town Montreal where you can enjoy walking and trying different restaurants.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 40hanys
Reviewed January 3, 2019

Such a beautiful church. Attended it when there was a mass going on. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990. The site was originally home to the small wooden St. Jacques Church built in 1832. This structure was destroyed in 1841...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 23, 2018

Every year the Basilica offers the venue for a Christmas Concert. This year the theme was ‘Around the World’ with the choir singing songs from all over the world plus a ladies group from England and a high school choir from Nepean High School. It...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DeannaH283
Reviewed December 11, 2018

I live down the street of Guigues Ave and despite the noisy bells, this church is such a beautiful landmark to have in the neighbourhood. Beautiful inside as well.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 4, 2018

The Notre Dame Basilica is still like the Churches that I went to 60 years ago, If you truly want to attend a church service that was the way they were when you were young, I Strongly recommend that you go to the Notre Dame...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from Spitfire346 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the time,but not during services or too late in the day.
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Baltimore, MD
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I will be visiting in August with my family. When I was in Montreal many years ago, I remember that the area around the stutue of Nelson was full of street performers and artists. Are they still there? And are they only there on weekemds, or weekday nights, too? I am thinking of going to the show at Notre Dame basilica, "et la lumiere fut". Does anybody know if it is all in French, and does it matter? Is it worth seeing? Thank you
July 21, 2006|
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Hi all, i am new to this site and am hoping for some advice. My mother and i have just booked an escorted bus tour of Eastern Canada and USA. We will be in Canada for about 8 days starting from the 16th of july. Toronto Ottawa Montreal and Quebec City are the areas the tour focus' on. We will visiting things like CN tower, Niagara falls(maid of the mist) Canadian museum of Civilization, Notre dame Basilica, Museum of Archaeology and History, Montmorency Falls, just to name a few things ...More
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Hi Firefly_Nelie, Well things in Canada tend to be very casual, so pack those jeans for sure! As for the weather, although our 24C / 75F will be a lot cooler by temperature on the thermometer perhaps than what you are used to... it will the humidity that will get to you... the higher the temp, the more the humidity generally. This is especially so in our big cities where there is an abudance of concrete & pavement! The humidity will literally build to 100% until it finally rains... but...More
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Hello! I am travelling to Montreal with my father and sister for Christmas 2015 and we are looking for a Christmassy hotel with lots of atmosphere. We usually go for boutique hotels with character rather than business-style hotels. We have been looking in the Old Montreal area near Notre Dame Basilica but are open to other areas too. Ideally we would find a hotel that could accommodate us in a suite/large room, ideally with a fireplace. Budget about 300/350CAD a night.
October 26, 2015|
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Just to give an idea of where we are looking; we are currently considering the Nelligan, Saint Sulpice and Hotel Place d'Armes at the moment, but we are wondering if there might be even better options that we haven't already come across? Or if anyone has an opinion as to which of those hotels seem like the best option?