Ottawa, Ontario's National Institutions & Attractions



Here are Ottawa's top national institutions & attractions, other than national museums. These items of interest to all visiting Canadians. The Parliament buildings are covered on their own web page. Be sure to check out the other local attractions.

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights

Corner of Elgin & Lisgar Streets
This monuments was commissioned and funded by private citizens, an was unveiled by the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet. The monument, located near the War Memorial, was designed by Montreal architect and artist Melvin Charney.

Cartier Square Drill Hall
Corner of Queen Elizabeth Drive and Laurier Avenue (near Elgin)
This 1882 structure houses the Governor Genera's footguards, who participate in the Changing of the Guards ceremony on Parliament Hill. Small museum on premises. (OC Transpo #5, 6, 14, 95, 97)

Laurier House National Historic Site
335 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, K1N 6R4
613-992-8142 fax: 613-947-4851 1-800-230-0016
This was the stately home of two prime ministers, Sir Wilfred Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King, and is filled with authentic furnishings and political memorabilia. Contents of the study of Lester B Pearson also on display. Open April to Thanksgiving Tu-Sat pm am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays and rest of year. Admission $2.50 adults, $21 seniors, $1.25 students (age 6-16), children free. (OC Transpo #5)

National Library And Archives National Library of Canada
395 Wellington Street(at Bay), Ottawa, K1A 0N3
613-995-9481 fax; 613-943-1112 1-877-896-9481
This library preserves and makes accessible every work published in various languages and formats in Canada, on Canada, or by Canadians Reference services available Mon-Fri 10 to 5 pm; exhibitions open daily 9 am to 10:30 pm. Free admission for exhibitions; some charge may apply for special events,. (OC Transpo #1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 16-97)

National Archives of Canada
395 Wellington Street(at Bay), Ottawa, K1A 0N3
613-995-5138 fax; 613-995-0919 1-866-578-7777
Contains the memories of a nation, with free exhibits of maps, diaries, art, films and more. Guided tours & children's activity centre. Open year round daily 9 am to 9 pm. Free admission,. (OC Transpo #1,2,3,4,7,8,, 16-97)

National Peacekeeping Monument
Sussex Drive, across from Major's Hill Park
This monument, entitle "The Reconciliation" honours Canada's commitment to international peacekeeping and the 80,000 Canadian soldiers who served as peacekeepers around the world since Lester B Pearson began this tradition in 1948, earning him a Nobel Peace Prize. (OC Transpo #3, 306)

National War Memorial National War Memorial
Wellington St & Elgin St
This monument was dedicated in 1939 by King George VI to commemorate Canada's service in World War I (then called the Great War), and later rededicated t Canadians who served in all wards. This is the site of the annual nationally-televised Remembrance Day ceremonies each November 11th. (OC Transpo 1-97)

Prime Minister's residence at 24 Sussex Drive Prime Minister's Residence
24 Sussex Drive
(phone number unlisted!)
This is the most famous street address in Canada, and just across the street from Rideau hall, the Governor General's residence. The house was bought in 1943 to be the official residence of Canada's Prime Ministers. There is a high iron fence around the property, guarded by Mounties. An unauthorized visitor to Prime Minister Chretien, a few years back as well as the general level of international terrorism, have increased the security to this house to include a massive truck-proof gate.

RCMP Musical Ride Centre
1 Sandridge Rd @ St Laurent Blvd, Rockcliffe, K1G 3J2
613-998-8199 fax: 613-952-7324
Tour the RCMP Musical Ride stable and the visitor centre. Visit the boutique. Open May to October daily 9 am to 4 pm; November-April Mon-Fri 10 am to 2 pm. During last week of June, watch the "Canadian Sunset Ceremonies" nightly between 7 pm and 9 pm (admission is free).
Rideau Hall Ceremonial Guards, in Rockcliffe
Rideau Hall (Government House)
1 Sussex Dr, Ottawa K1A 0A1
613-9914-4422 fax: 613-993-1656 1-866-842-4422
guide@gg,ca http://www.gg.ca
--> Since 1867, this is the historic home and workplace of Canada's Governor General, the official representative of Canada's Queen, Queen Elizabeth. Thomas McKay, a stonemason who helped build the Rideau Canal, built the home in 1838. The grounds include 32 hectares of landscaped gardens, and feature the Canadian Heritage Garden, which uses roses and marble columns to illustrate key milestones in Canadian History. In the summer, enjoy tours of the residence, gardens and grounds. See the ceremonial guard (they change every hour on the hour), and outdoor concerts. In the winter, enjoy outdoor skating. Call for tour schedule or for group reservations. Grounds open daily 9 am to dusk, with residence tours offered summertimes from 10 am to 4 pm (except during official functions). Admission free. (OC Transpo #3)

Royal Canadian Mint
320 Sussex Dr, Ottawa K1A 0G8
613-993-8990 fax: 613-954-0601 1-800-276-7714
This plant was the place of manufacture of Canada's coinage until 1976 (its now done in Winnipeg), but still mints commemorative coinage. Take a tour of where the coins come from (sorry, no free samples). Also holds Canada's (the world's largest) gold reserves). Open May-August Mon-Fri 9 am to 9 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am to 6 pm; Sept-Apr Mon-Sun 9 am to 5 pm. Allow one hours. Admission adults, seniors, students $2, children under 6 free, family $8. (OC Transpo 3, 306)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables
St Laurent Blvd, Rockcliffe
613-993-3751
half hour guided tours are offered to see the horses of the world-famous Musical Ride, a musical equestrian display. Often, you can watch the Mounties train for their performances. Open: June-August, weekdays 5 am to 4:40 pm, weekends 10 am to 4 pm; rest of year: Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Free admission.

Supreme Court of Canada
Wellington St at Kent St, Ottawa
613-995-5361
Canada's highest court of appeal, with the lobby and courtrooms open to the public. Guided tours can be arranged in advance. Open weekdays from9 m to 5 pm. Free admission. (OC Transpo #1,2,3,4,7,8)

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