For the Canada portion of the travel guide series I will be focusing not only on the national capital of Ottawa but the capitals and major cities of each province. To start the series off we will be checking out Ottawa and what attractions and shopping experiences it has to offer visitors.

Ottawa Attractions

  • National Gallery of Canada—home to a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photos; 380 Sussex Drive
  • Notre Dame Basilica—a twin-spired ornate Gothic-style cathedral; 385 Sussex Drive
  • Canadian Museum of Nature—the national natural history museum of Canada is home to several excellent galleries including a fossil gallery, mammal gallery, bird gallery, water gallery, earth gallery, and many hands-on activities; 240 McLeod Street
  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum—teaches visitors about flight and aerospace technology with more than 130 aircraft and artifacts; 11 Aviation Parkway
  • Rideau Hall—official residence and office of every governor-general since 1867 set within a 79-acre urban paradise; 1 Sussex Drive
  • Canada Agriculture and Food Museum—allows visitors to forge personal connections with farm animals at its working farm as well as offering interesting exhibitions that highlight Canada’s agricultural history and problems; 861 Prince of Wales Drive
  • Laurier House National Historic Site—the former residence of the Prime Minister before the move to Sussex Drive; 335 Laurier Avenue East
  • Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada—offers an expansive collection of Canadian coins, currency, and tokens as well as foreign currency; 245 Sparks Street
  • Canada Science and Technology Museum—Canada’s largest science museum is home to displays of printing presses, antique cars, steam locomotives, and hands-on exhibits; 1867 St. Laurent Boulevard
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization—an architecturally elegant building with exhibits that depict Canada’s history from prehistory to the present as well as six longhouses, totem poles, and life-size reconstructions of an archaeological dig and hands-on activities for kids in the children’s museum; 100 Laurier Street
  • Aboriginal Experiences—once an Algonquin trading post, this site allows visitors to look inside tepees and a longhouse where traditional dances are performed twice a day as well as eat in an open-air café and make crafts in a craft workshop; Victoria Island, off Chaudiere Bridge
  • Canadian War Museum—a striking newer museum that depicts Canadian military history with artifacts and a re-creation of a walk-through trench and Peacekeepers’ command post along with a large artillery collection and military vehicles; 1 Vimy Place
  • Mackenzie King Estate—a 563-acre estate in Gatineau Park that was once the home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, former prime minister, who lived here during the summer in the early 20th century, and has formal gardens, ruins, natural woodlands, and two cottages to walk through (a third cottage is closed to visitors as it is the residence of the Speaker of the House of Commons); Promenade de la Gatineau Parkway, Gatineau
  • Parliament Buildings—three Neo-Gothic buildings that preside over Ottawa and overlook the Ottawa River and consist of the Peace Tower where the Memorial Chamber has five Books of Remembrance that list the names of Canadians killed in military service, the Library of Parliament which is the only original building saved from a fire in 1916 that has book-lined galleries, and the East and West Block which contain parliamentary offices and restored offices of the Fathers of the Confederation; Parliament Hill

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