As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to many objects and artifacts that come from all across the country; from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia and beyond. In many ways, Ottawa is where all points of the country meet.
So if you’re a Canadian looking for a connection to your home province in Ottawa, chances are that you’ll find it. And particularly, if you’re from Nova Scotia, you’re in luck!
This beautiful maritime province is the second to be featured in a series of articles that are highlighting different aspects of Canada’s provinces within Ottawa. From its rocky and scenic sea coast to its lush, green mountains, discover how to find pieces of Nova Scotia in Canada’s Capital.
Canadian Museum of History:
Just across the Ottawa River at the Canadian Museum of History – Canada’s most visited museum – you’ll find the oldest hockey stick known to exist. Acquired by the Museum of History in 2015, the Moffat stick was handmade from a single piece of maple in Cape Breton in the 1830’s.
Though it is not currently on display, the Moffat stick will be a key artifact in the museum’s coming exhibit Hockey: More Than Just A Game, which opens on March 3, 2017. The priceless hockey stick will also be featured in the museum’s new Canadian History Hall, which will open on July 1, 2017 – just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday!
Canadian War Museum:
In the museum’s Gallery 2 is where you’ll find a painting titled Convoy in Bedford Basin by artist Arthur Lismer. According to the War Museum, Lismer painted a number of works in wartime Halifax, as merchant ships would form a convoy here before heading out across the dangerous Atlantic.
Canadian Museum of Nature:
Though Nova Scotia is widely known for its ocean environment, according to the Canadian Museum of Nature, it also has several interesting mineral localities.
In the museum’s Vale Earth Gallery, you’ll find six zeolites that come from Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy region. According to the museum, zeolites are minerals that form in lava as it cools, emerging in the bubbles caused by gas from a volcanic eruption. In the Vale Gallery, you’ll find amethyst from Cape Blomidon, stillbite from Partridge Island and heulandite from Amethyst Cove.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum:
Visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum – the only working farm in a capital city in the world – and learn how honey is made. In the museum’s Taking Care of Beesness exhibit, you’ll learn about how bees produce this delicious nectar and also, how it’s harvested by a beekeeper with special tools. This exhibit is also home to a beehive as well as honey from every province in Canada.
If you have time, opt to visit Parliament Hill and take a guided tour of Centre Block, which is home to the iconic Peace Tower. On the guided tour, you’ll learn about how every province is represented in Parliament, including Nova Scotia. There are some lovely stone carvings and interesting facts to discover! Free, public guided tours are available daily, but these are subject to parliamentary activity.
Just outside of Centre Block, near Wellington Street, you’ll find Ottawa’s famous Centennial Flame. This bubbling fountain with its ever-burning fire commemorates Canada’s hundredth anniversary as a Confederation. On it, most of Canada’s provinces are represented, including Nova Scotia. Missing from the Flame is Nunavut, as it only joined Canada on April 1, 1999. This monument is also an iconic location to take a photo.
These are only some of the many treasures that can be found in Canada’s Capital. There are many more things to see and do, as well as more museums to discover such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum (which will reopen in mid-November 2017).
There will also be more artifacts and new exhibits to discover as Ottawa gears up to celebrate Canada’s big 150th anniversary in 2017! If there’s anywhere you’ll want to be in Canada in 2017, it’s Ottawa – specially on July 1. For more information on what’s going on now and on plans being made for Canada’s big birthday, browse Ottawa Tourism’s 2017 website section.