Natural and religious history sights in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Friday, 29 March 2013 13:03
Ottawa is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful museums and establishments in Canada, including the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. Whether visitors are interested in learning more about the natural history of Canada and other regions, or want to experience one of the most stunning religious sites in the nation, there is no shortage of sites to see in the Canadian capital city.
A natural history
The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at the corner of McLeod and Metcalfe in downtown Ottawa. Just a short walk from Parliament Hill, this establishment offers a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits that give valuable and engaging insights into the natural history of the nation, as well as the world, and where experts believe that ecosystem is heading.
Visitors planning a trip to Ottawa before May 5 will have an opportunity to view the widely popular Nature Unleashed exhibit, which takes audiences through some of the most devastating natural disasters to ever hit a variety of regions, as well as predictions and precautions to take to avoid falling victim to nature's wrath. Several permanent exhibits at the museum are especially fun for the youngsters, such as the Animalium which is home to several exotic animals.
The bird and mammal galleries are also perfect for children, and highlight some of the evolutionary traits of nature's most stunning creatures. Those planning a trip between May 17 and July 7 can see a temporary exhibit that is sure to take a viewers' breath away - the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibit.
Finally, visitors can also learn more about frogs, ants, fossil fuels and a variety of other topics at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Experiencing Notre Dame
No trip to Ottawa is complete without a trip to the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, as this religious site is the oldest church standing in the nation's capital city. The Canadian government has also designated this church as a National Historic Site, while the structure is filled with unbelievable architecture and artwork from throughout the past two centuries.
The church offers guided tours throughout the year, which last between 30 to 45 minutes.
More information on either of these historic and fun sites can be found at their respective websites.