This museum was established in May 2005, to commemorate the men and women of Canada's armed forces. The museum's mandate is to advance the study of Canada's military history, including the effects of war and conflict on the nation and its citizens. Within its walls are a number of artifacts and exhibits portraying Canada's military history from its earliest days along with Vimy House, the Museum's collections and research facility.
Originally named Colonel's Hill in honor of Colonel John By, the architect of the Canal Rideau, this park was renamed after By was replaced by a Major. The park offers a panoramic view of several major attractions, including Parliament Hill, the Ottawa River, the Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery and Notre-Dame Basilica. It's also the location of Colonel By's original home, or at least its foundation, as well as a statue of the city's founding father. The park is located along MacKenzie Avenue, directly behind the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Visitors can enjoy picnicking at the park's well maintained picnic areas. Taking a walk amidst the lush greenery is not a bad idea either! Escape the hustle bustle of the city and enjoy some tranquil moments at this beautiful park.
Perhaps Canada's greatest artifact of the Cold War, this 30 square kilometer (100,000 square foot) bunker is located less than an hour west of Ottawa in Carp. Diefenbunker was constructed at the height of nuclear tensions between 1959 and 1961, and named after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Built on springs to absorb explosive shockwaves, the bunker can accommodate more than 500 people for 30 days. Presently a museum, this National Historic Site offers its visitors a peek inside the government rooms and living quarters.
Located on the grounds of Central Experimental Farm is the Dominion Arboretum. It houses a wide array of shrubs and plants as old as 1889. The arboretum is home to over 1,700 varieties of trees and bushes. It spans over 64.24 acres (26 hectares) and is home to the Ornamental Gardens where there is an annual showcase of plants, flowers and hedges.
Built between 1827 and 1832 without the aid of powered machinery, the Rideau Canal is one of Ottawa's oldest landmarks. The canal runs from the Ottawa River near Parliament Hill to Hog's Back Falls on the south end of the city. During the summer months, a wide range of vessels, including tour boats, glide along the waterway. Come winter, the canal is transformed into the "World's Longest Skating Rink" and is a hub of activity during Ottawa's Winterlude festival.
Come see one of the finest collections of vintage aircraft in the world at Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Creative exhibitions and programs in this delta-shaped building make learning about aviation fun. Experience hang gliding on a simulator, sit at the controls of a Cessna, watch films of aircraft in action, tackle the helicopter studio or test your skills at video games and computer quizzes. You can even soar over Ottawa in a historical aircraft for a small fee. The museum is located along the Eastern Parkway near Rockcliffe.
Bytown Museum is situated beside the six locks that make up the entrance to the Canal Rideau. It takes 20-30 minutes to tour the small building, which houses artifacts from the 1830s construction of the canal. Through displays and panels, the museum tells the story of the canal's architect and city founding father Lieutenant Colonel John By. It is Ottawa's oldest stone building and dates from 1827.
Located inside the Cartier Square Drill Hall on Queen Elizabeth Drive, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum is dedicated to the services of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own). Displaying a collection of uniforms, medals, weaponries, war mementos, photographs, books, and other archives, the museum traces the history of the regiment and preserves its heritage.
Canadian Museum of History features artifacts, paintings and interactive displays that bring Canadian history to life. Permanent exhibits include the Canada Hall, a dome that highlights Canada's history through film, Face to Face, where you can learn about the achievements of Canadian greats, and the Grand Hall, which features the cultural history of Canada's first people. It also houses an IMAX theater and Canadian Children's Museum. Both require an additional admission fee. It is also a member of Canada's Capital Museums Passport program, a package that includes admission to 10 museums for a seven day period. Check the website for hours and other details.
Located in Ottawa, Ontario, the Minto Park is a beautiful green space. One will generally find the park to be less crowded than the other ones in the city, in spite of being so conveniently located. Without the hustle bustle of regular parks and wailing children, you can enjoy a nice afternoon reading your favorite book in the shade of a tree, or enjoy a nice meal with friends at the picnic tables in the park. The park also has an anti domestic violence memorial.