Ottawa Landmarks & Attractions
Where history is no longer a thing of the past.
Walk the steps of Ottawa's fascinating past at any number of beautiful heritage buildings and stunning landmarks throughout Canada's Capital City. The places where history was made and the country sets our path for the future will captivate you, educate you, and entertain you. Picture-perfect architecture, spectacular landscapes, and oh, the stories! Your biggest problem will be deciding where to start.
The striking Gothic-style buildings sit perched atop Parliament Hill, overlooking the Ottawa River. Tour Ottawa's most visited attraction, home to Canada's federal government and host of celebrations and performances year-round. The heart of the Canada's Capital.
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The world's largest skating rink in winter, beautiful waterway in spring, summer and fall. A defining landmark, National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 202-kilometre (126-mile) canal is lined with parks and trails, perfect for picnics, bike rides or a nice stroll.
Find out more about the Rideau Canal
Upper Canada Village
Travel back in time to the 1860s at one of the largest living-history sites in Canada. See authentic historical buildings, learn about traditional farming techniques and watch as weavers, spinners and dressmakers demonstrate traditional handiwork.
Step into this beautiful Victorian mansion, home of two of Canada's most recognizable prime ministers—Sir Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King—and catch a glimpse into the lives and lifestyles of these notable figures.
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Spend a few hours or the whole day visiting the beautiful official residence of Canada's governor general. National historic site, urban oasis, and stately heritage gardens featuring an inukshuk, totem pole, and arc of roses.
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Royal Canadian Mint
Visit the historic building where the Mint was founded in 1908, now the place where hand-crafted coins, gold bullion coins, and medals are made. Buy unique collector coins at the boutique, and see the famous Vancouver 2010 athlete medals and the world's first million-dollar coin.
Learn more about the Royal Canadian Mint