Capital Sites and Canadian Heritage
Beautiful heritage buildings, landmarks and exciting events highlight Ottawa’s city centre, telling stories of its past, while directing Ottawa’s present and future.
While you explore Ottawa you’ll quickly notice that there are many prominent buildings that serve not only as directional landmarks for you, but also as important markers of history. Parliament of Canada, for example, acts as the centrepiece of Ottawa while representing the heart of the country’s democratic government. Likewise, the Rideau Canal is a brilliant waterway that cuts through Ottawa’s downtown, and has nearly two centuries of stories to share. And major events that include Canada Day celebrations on July 1st and the nightly free Sound and Light Show capsulize Canada’s history and look to its future.
Begin where it all began, with Canada's first people, in a dramatic and moving showcase on Victoria Island, located in the middle of the Ottawa River.
Hand-made BeaverTail pastries are served up with a variety of toppings.
Ottawa throws the biggest July 1st party in the country. You haven't done Canada Day until you've done it in Ottawa.
This summertime ceremony takes place on Parliament Hill and is a sheer spectacle of pomp and pageantry.
Fulton's four-season destination near Ottawa specializes in group tours, conference and banquet facilities and the Spring Maple Syrup Season.
This victorian mansion served as the home for two of Canada's most renowned Prime Ministers, and is a preserved showcase to their lifestyles.
In the heart of Gatineau Park, discover the magic of the Mackenzie King Estate, with its romantic gardens and picturesque ruins.
The seat of Canada's federal government and the setting for national celebrations the year round, Parliament Hill is the most visited Ottawa attraction. Truly a must-see!
All tours and programs are free and offered English and French.
Ontario's first UNESCO World Heritage Site winds its way through the city, starting from the beautiful and historic locks at the Ottawa River.
An historic waterway spring through fall, the Ottawa portion of the Rideau Canal freezes over in winter to become the world's largest naturally frozen skating rink.
The stately home and gardens of the Governor General, the Queen's representative in Canada.
The dramatic Sound and Light Show is a sight to behold, a dramatic and eye-popping experience telling Canada's history through the ages.
Modern facilities available for wedding receptions, corporate retreats and company functions.
The highest judicial court in the country, and the setting for some of the country's most landmark cases welcomes visitors to tour its hallowed halls and chambers.
Travel back in time to explore Ottawa’s history and experience the impact it still has on the city today.
See first-hand the life of 19th century pioneers in an authentically recreated historic village setting.