Beautiful heritage buildings, landmarks and exciting events highlight Ottawa’s city centre, telling stories of its past, while directing Ottawa’s present and future.
While you explore Ottawa you’ll quickly notice that there are many prominent buildings that serve not only as directional landmarks for you, but also as important markers of history. Parliament of Canada, for example, acts as the centrepiece of Ottawa while representing the heart of the country’s democratic government. Likewise, the Rideau Canal is a brilliant waterway that cuts through Ottawa’s downtown, and has nearly two centuries of stories to share. And major events that include Canada Day celebrations on July 1st and the nightly free Sound and Light Show capsulize Canada’s history and look to its future.