Few Canadian symbols are as well known as the Parliament Buildings. Flanked by the East and West blocks, the Centre Block of Parliament — with its distinctive Peace Tower and Library — is familiar to Canadians and people around the world.
Parliament Hill is home to Canada's federal government, where representatives from across Canada gather to make laws that affect the lives of all Canadians.
The picturesque grounds of Parliament Hill have many commemorative monuments to discover, and a number of guided tours and activities are offered both indoors and around the grounds. Learn more about the buildings and grounds on the Parliament Hill website.
Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site, situated in an idyllic 79-acre urban oasis, is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.
Rideau Hall was home to Lord Stanley of Preston between 1888 and 1893, during which he saw his first hockey game on February 4, 1889. He and his family discovered a passion for the sport that helped launch it into the spotlight as Canada's favourite sport. At a banquet in 1892, Lord Stanley promised to donate a trophy to hockey that would be used for the amateur championship of Canada. That trophy, originally named the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, better known as the Stanley Cup, has served as the focal point for professional hockey for over 113 years.
Whether you have only a few hours to take in the sights at Rideau Hall or you're planning to spend the entire day, whether you're bringing your family or visiting on your own, there are a variety of free activities that are sure to make your visit memorable.
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A monument celebrating the gift of the Cup by Lord Stanley is being constructed in Ottawa, which will be unveiled in December of 2017. Learn more
This an ephemeral hub for special exhibits and performances to highlight the regions of Canada, will be located in Ottawa's historic ByWard Market, a short distance from the official hotel and meeting venue.
In an unusual twist, Inspiration Village will be built out of sea containers transformed into an aesthetic artistic installation — a sustainable, cost-effective and flexible building material that is gaining interest around the world.
A core site for Ottawa 2017 programming from May 20 to September 4, 2017, this edgy-looking entertainment locale on York Street will be the site of a succession of special exhibits and performing arts events, each one showcasing Canada's provinces and territories. Learn More
Take part in an ultimate underground experience with a futuristic and immersive multimedia production created by none other than Moment Factory and projected in one of Ottawa's future Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations.
The Canadian Tulip Festival commemorates the gift of Tulips from the Netherlands to the people of Canada. It is regarded as the largest event of its kind in the world. From tulips to topiaries, the celebration includes garden sculptures, concerts, buskers, cultural performances, and gastronomic delights.
For millions of Canadians, winter means hockey and hockey means everything. Share our magnificent obsession with our national sport in this special exibit at the Canadian Museum of History. One-of-a-kind artifacts, video clips of historic highlights, and personal memorabilia combine into an exciting, interactive experience. Game on!