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Supreme Court of Canada

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Address: 301 Wellington St, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0J1, Canada
Phone Number: 613-995-5361
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This imposing building houses the highest court in Canada and is open to...

This imposing building houses the highest court in Canada and is open to the public for tours.

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A worthwhile tour

The tour of the Supreme Court was short (much shorter than the Parliament tour) but very informative. Plus, it is free, and you do not have to get admission tickets in advance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The tour of the Supreme Court was short (much shorter than the Parliament tour) but very informative. Plus, it is free, and you do not have to get admission tickets in advance. Definitely worth the time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice tour with slide show and basic review of the judicial system in Canda. We could see the federal court only.

Thank Chocothrill
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can go inside and take a quick look practically any time, however guided tours are also offered. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the city behind the building.

Thank annazram
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large, stately building on Wellington Street, housing the supreme court. It's kind of majestic to look at. Inside, there is a huge foyer with some portraits and art to look at. You may be able to get a tour of the actual court rooms, but I am not sure how often or regular they are. I guess... More 

Thank 448andyk
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The security staff deserve a special mention. They attended to their duties ernerstly but a great warmth and welcoming. Common sense in action. Anyway, missed the official tour which had shot off into the distance. Mainly due to poorly motivated family member who swung the lead. Not another historical site attitude prevailed. Walked around with my disgruntled companion. Was interesting... More 

Thank Val A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour is quick, and the building is very nice. The tour of the parliament buildings is bigger, but there is likely no waiting line at all for this tour.

Thank bhs_wpg
Andover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We decided to take the Supreme Court tour and it was very interesting. The tour is free and the groups entering the building were not large so maybe this is not so well publicised. Our guide explained the history of the building including the issue about the official opening date - one to listen for. We were taken into one... More 

Thank 528jean
Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We weren't expecting to tour of SCC, but it beckoned. We're glad we did. First, it provided some welcome air conditioning on a hot and humid day. Second, the building is beautiful inside. The main court room is being renovated so we didn't see it, but we did see the Federal Court of Appeal and listened to a presentation on... More 

Thank SteveMcD4
Gilbert, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

It's an OK building built in an OK location. We never got inside,though I'm not sure if that would have changed anything. Good for people who would be more enthralled with buildings.

Thank Lenjoyce1
Dominican Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

I went with my family and we make the tour. Is a 25 minutes presentation where the show you how the justice works in Canada. Very clear and entertaining way to learn the way justice works. The architecture is nice too. And is free.

Thank Jcramirez1

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