Cultural landmarks in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Friday, 01 March 2013 08:32
The different types of people who are planning on travelling to Ottawa in the near future are likely looking for an array of things to do. Some tourists cannot wait to go to various museums, while others are looking forward to spending time outside at the various parks in Ottawa. However, those who are looking to get the utmost cultural experience out of their trip to Canada's capital will likely want to add these landmarks to their must-see lists.
No matter what a tourist is coming to see in Ottawa, Parliament Hill is worth a stop. This group of historical buildings, which sits right on a hill overlooking the beautiful Ottawa River, is where the Canadian government is headquartered. All of the nation's major decisions happen in these beautiful neo-Gothic buildings. Those who want to check this area out can partake in the free guided tours offered every day.
The Peace Tower has long been one of the most iconic landmarks in Ottawa, as it captures the skyline of Canada's capital. It is located on Parliament Hill and is a part of the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings. Visitors are able to enjoy breathtaking views of the city from this vantage point.
Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Those who are travelling to the city in the summer will want to make an effort to see the Changing the Guard. This ceremony is a colourful event that includes its own regimental band and pipers as the guards switch in this performance, modeled on the one performed at Buckingham Palace in London. The ceremony takes place every day at 10am (weather permitting) between June 28 and August 24, 2013.
Canadian War Museum
For travellers who want to spend the day learning all about Canada's war history, the Canadian War Museum is the place to go. These exhibits showcase Canada’s military history, from pre-European contact through World Wars I and II, the Cold War and today’s struggles, all told through engaging stories.
Notre Dame Basilica
This beautiful cathedral is one of the National Historic Sites in Canada. The Notre Dame Basilica is a gorgeous building that is complete with ornate Gothic-style designs and architecture. One thing's for sure, travellers will be hard-pressed not to be in awe of the historic and breathtaking cathedral, which is open to the public every day.