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.
The National Arts Centre showcases professional Canadian and international performances and is the home of the world renowned National Arts Centre Orchestra. Excellent seating and acoustics allow appreciation of fine musical, dance and theatrical performances. The center also has a fine restaurant where you can have a meal before or after performances. The atmosphere is upscale and people generally dress accordingly.
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.
This large pavilion at the edge of the Canal Rideau's picturesque Dows Lake offers relaxation and recreation. Two restaurants with large patios offer casual food, drinks and a wonderful view, while a full-service marina offers fuel, pump out and slip rentals. In winter, the lake becomes part of the Canal Rideau skating rink and the pavilion rents a variety of winter sports equipment, including skates, sleighs and cross-country skis. During the summer, the marina rents canoes, paddleboats and inline skates.
Canadian Tire Centre, formerly the Scotiabank Place, is made for die-hard hockey fans. The arena is home to the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League, and hosts Canadian University Men's Basketball tournaments from time to time. Spread across 56,000 square meters (600,000 square feet), this huge arena is also popular for hosting music concerts by national and international artists. One Direction, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Ed Sheeran are a few of the many celebrities that have performed here.
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.
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 in downtown Ottawa, the Sparks Street is a pedestrian lane which runs from Elgin Street to Bronson Avenue. This street is home to the Sparks Street Mall which has a number of outdoor eateries and artwork. Apart from this, the street also houses some of the most important structures of this city. National War Memorial, National Arts Centre, Ottawa Post Office and 'Joy' copper sculpture are all a part of this lively stretch. The vibrancy of Spark Street comes from its annual festivals and events. These events, historic structures and shops attract both locals and and equal number of tourists. Shopping at Sparks Street is a wonderful experience as well. There are a number of leading fashion outlets along the street that make it a shopping hub too!
Consisting of four levels that look out over the Rideau Canal, the Shaw Centre is one of the city's premier event destinations. The business and entertainment venue boasts state of the art facilities, brilliant space management, and a variety of accolades. The ballroom on the fourth level is often used for weddings and music events. The venue is famous for its environmentally-friendly design, and the new facility was constructed entirely out of regionally-sourced materials.
Often times local talents do not receive the kind of recognition they deserve simply because they lack a platform for expression. LIVE on Elgin is a versatile event venue that exclusively features local artists, giving them a chance to showcase their talents without having to break the bank. The venue hosts theater productions, live musical performances by soloists and bands, comedy shows, open mic nights, karaoke, film screenings and other events that draw from the local talent pool. What makes this place truly special is that it offers all of this at a price that is easily affordable for most audiences and artists. The nightly program changes, and with it change the discoveries to be made and the talents that unfold on stage. During the day, the space can also be hired for meetings and rehearsals.