Ottawa Journals

A Capital City

A travel journal to Ottawa by Slack

Parliamentary Buildings Photo, Ottawa, Ontario More Photos
Quote: Trips to Ottawa have been spattered through my life, as most people who live near their nation's capital usually are. This journal will cover mostly things to do and places to see, but relatively no accomodations.

A Capital City

Overview

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The seat of the Canadian federal government, Ottawa is steeped in history and tradition. With close to 800,000 residents, it is a vibrant and cultural city with an overdose of yearly festival (at last count there was over 70). There are some absolutely astounding works of architectural delight - not least of which are the Parliament buildings, that can keep a sightseer busy for days.

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Best Way To Get Around:

The OC Transpo is well maintainted and sufficent to get visitors around to wherever they'd like to go. The O-Train is a diesel light-rail route that is very comfortable to ride and connects with the airport.

Parliamentary Buildings

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Parliamentary Buildings Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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Standing on Parliament Hill on cliffs that overlook the Ottawa River, the three gothic structures that comprise the home of Canada's government are perhaps the most recognizable buildings in the country. In fact, the Parliament buildings are often described as one of the most beautiful government centers in the world. Originally built from 1859-65, the home of Canada's House of Commons and Senate offers free tours year round. The entrance to Parliament Hill is marked by the Centennial Flame, lit to celebrate the country's birthday in 1967. The center of the hill is dominated by the 295-foot tall Peace Tower, which commemorates the nearly 67,000 Canadians killed in World War One. These buildings are ho...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 29, 2000

Parliamentary Buildings
Parliamentary Circle
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister's Residence

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A tour along Sussex Drive is a must on any visit to Ottawa. It is one of the oldest streets in the city, and the section filled with stately homes and embassies has been called the "Mile of History." Many of the businesses that used to line Sussex during the last century still stand, but they have been renovated and now house exclusive shops, stores and galleries. The park also joins with Nepean Point, an area that overlooks the Ottawa River and affords excellent views of the Laurentians, Hull and the Chaudiere Falls. It is along this street that you will find the Prime Minister's residence at number 24. A stone mansion that is barely visible through the dense trees. This house was built in 186...Read More

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Prime Minister's Residence
24 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario

Laurier House

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Laurier House Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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Located at 334 Laurier Avenue East, this house was the residence of two of Canada's Prime Ministers: W.L. Mackenzie King and Sir Wilfrid Laurier. The entire house is open to the public. The colourful King's possessions are the most prominent items on display in the house, among which is included his crystal ball (King was a firm believer in the spirit world) and a portrait of his mother, which he placed a rose in front of every night before going to bed. Memorabilia belonging to both men are on display, as is a reconstruction of Nobel Prize winning Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson's study. Also on hand are a few other historical curiosities, such as the program Abraham Lincoln was holding the night h...Read More

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Laurier House
334 Laurier Ave East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6R4
+1 613 992 8142; +1

Rideau Hall

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Rideau Hall, or Government House is the official residence of the Governor-General of Canada (The Governor General is Considered the Representative of the Queen of England in Canada). Originally built in 1838 by Thomas MacKay, the mansion was purchased by the goverment in 1869, and has been the home of the Governors - General ever since. Over the years the various residents have added to it, and today it is a palatial home that exhibits a regal spendour. The Royal coat of arms over the front entrance is the largest in the world, and through the main doors guided tours will wisk visitors past the grand Ball Room, the Reception Room, The Tent Room (where decoration and award ceremonies take plac...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 29, 2000

Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1
+1 613 991 4422

National Gallery of Canada Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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The National Gallery of Canada is a striking landmark against the Capital's skyline. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988, this treasure house in granite and glass is the home of Canada's exceptional art collection. Light, spacious galleries and quiet courtyards lead you on a voyage of discovery through the Canadian collection, a reflection of the rich diversity of Canada's heritage and culture. Over 1,200 works from the permanent collection are on view. Special exhibitions, organized by the Gallery with other museums across Canada and around the world, highlight the work of Canadian and international artists. Explore the world's most extensive collection of Canadian a...Read More

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National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4
+1 613 990 1985