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Best Historic Locations in Ottawa

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Peace Tower

The Peace Tower dominates Parliament Hill, soaring over 90 meters (300 feet) high above Ottawa, while the Canadian flag unfurls gently over its topmost turret. A fine monument symbolic of the country's storied past, as well as a concrete tribute to lives lost in World War I, this Gothic Revival structure is iconic. It is within the tower's confines that the Memorial Chamber is housed, and at its cynosure is an impressive stone altar that holds the Book of Remembrance. The book features the names of the nearly 118,000 who succumbed to the war in an effort to serve the country. At the heart of the Peace Tower is a 53-bell carillon. The largest bell weighs over 10,000 kilograms (ten tons), while the smallest is only four kilograms (8.8 pounds)heavy. Etched onto the facade of the tower on all four sides, the fabled Peace Tower clock is yet another historic highlight, a friendly token gifted by the United Kingdom to Canada on the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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ByWard Market

This unique shopping and restaurant district covers nearly 12 square blocks and offers something for everyone. You'll find trendy stores selling the latest in designer fashions, jewelry and artwork, as well as a variety of excellent restaurants. In the evening, the market is a buzz of activity as party-goers hop from nightclub to nightclub. To experience the true roots of ByWard Market, visit during the weekend when local farmers and artisans ply their wares near the Byward Market Building. The market is closed on Christmas and New Year's Day but is otherwise open during the summer and fall.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Laurier House

One of the most fascinating glimpses into Canada's political history can be had at this beautiful, oddly downscale Ottawa home. Originally home to Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier and later to William Lyon MacKenzie King, Laurier House predates twenty-four Sussex Drive as the official residence of the Prime Minister. Famous visitors to the house include Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Rideau Hall

Rideau Hall, which was built in 1838, has been the official residence of the Queen's representative to Canada since 1867. The grounds cover more than 32 hectares (79 acres) and feature a magnificent greenhouse and ornamental gardens. Visitors can take a self-guided tour or book one of the many guided tours. There are a number of events hosted by the Governor General throughout the year.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Beechwood Cemetery

Established in 1873, Beechwood Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the country, and one of the largest in Ottawa. Spread across 64.7 hectares (160 acres), Beechwood Cemetery has graves belonging to numerous Canadians, from war heroes to a regular citizen. In 2009 this cemetery was deemed National Cemetery of Canada by the parliament. It also boasts of two more designations: Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Memorial Cemetery and National Military Cemetery of Canada.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, also known as Horaceville dates back to 1820. The site was named after Hamnett Pinhey’s son and is now preserved by the Pinhey’s Point Foundation. The site has a number of exhibits that are a reflection of the olden times. Guided tours and educational activities are carried out at the site to entertain and educate the visitors.

Dunrobin, ON, Canada
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