Getting lost in the national archives
- Canada Travel Tips
- Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:25
Ottawa is filled with such a broad array of attractions that most visitors will have trouble leaving after their first visit. From the countless historical sites to the exciting nightlife and a variety of foods, every traveller will need more than one piece of paper and a pen to make an adequate plan for their visit to the nation's capital.
Travellers interested in learning more about the history of Canada and its people, culture and government will need to set aside a couple of days to visit the various establishments throughout the city. The Library and Archives Canada is one of the most popular and engaging attractions in the city, and should be seen when visiting Ottawa.
The National Archives
Library and Archives Canada is located on Wellington Street in the downtown area, and is easily accessible via car, public transportation or a simple stroll. More traditional readers will be happy to know that many of the collections in this establishment have yet to be digitized and, as such, are only available in physical formats. This makes visiting the archives an exciting experience, as many of the materials cannot be read anywhere else in the world.
Employees at the Library Archives Canada are tasked with preserving some of the most important and unique collections in the nation, while the sheer volume of physical and digital documents is breathtaking. For example, there are 71,000 hours worth of short and full-length films in the archives, as well as more than 21.3 million photographic images, some of which were captured in the 1850s.
Postal archives, medals, cultural artifacts and textual archives are abundant in this establishment, while there are more than 3 million megabytes of digital information. Art lovers will also get treated to more than 340,000 pieces works that range from water colours to oil paintings and caricatures. What's more, music lovers will be able to see the largest collection of Canadian sheet music ever compiled.
Still craving more knowledge?
Visitors to Ottawa should not pass up this chance to learn more about the history of Canada and the surrounding areas. Hours vary, so travellers should reference the archive's website prior to visiting. You also have to register for a user card should you wish to access any of the collections.
As for those visitors that have an insatiable desire to continue harnessing more knowledge, the Canadian War Museum, National Arts Centre and Canada Science and Technology Museum can all be found within the borders of the nation's capital city.