Supreme Court of Canada
An Ottawa landmark and the highest judicial court in the country, the Supreme Court of Canada welcomes visitors for tours of its hallowed halls and chambers.
- The court is located on Wellington Street, just west of the Parliament Buildings, and was designed by renowned Canadian architect Ernest Cormier.
- The court's front steps are flanked by statues of Truth and Justice, created by Walter S. Allward, creator and architect of the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France.
- The court's stunning Grand Entrance Hall is finished in three different types of marble and features two candelabrum-style fluted metal lamp standards. The courtrooms are finished in lavish and exotic woods.
- A statue of former Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent stands on the lawn in front of the building, where downtown Ottawa workers often gather for lunchtime soccer games.
- Tucked away at the back of the building are a fountain and terrace overlooking the Ottawa River.
- Tours, conducted by law student guides, are available daily from May through August and by reservation the rest of the year; reservations are required year round for groups of more than ten.