Photographs of Ottawa Canada. Parliament, major tourist attractions, museums and scenery.
One of the iconic images of Ottawa is the Canadian Parliament. The round building on the right is the national library.
Guided tours of the parliament buildings are free but you must get a timed ticket before you line up. In the past you could tour the Centre building and the east wing. The east wing includes historic rooms such as this one, which was once John A. MacDonald's office and includes some of his original furnishings. Apparently recent budget cuts mean that this wing is now off-limits to visitors.
One of the faces of Parliament.
There are many works of art around the building (outside on Parliament Hill) and inside the Parliament buildings... sculptures and paintings. I like these ones of workers.
Close to Parliament is the Bytown Museum dedicated to the history of the city.
Near the museum is the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa's most famous historic hotel. It's one of the many "castle hotels" built across Canada when rail travel was popular. It's right across from the former train station.
The Rideau Canal locks in Ottawa Canada. Boat tours leave from the edge of the locks. The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The monument to Champlain, which you'll see from the boat tour.
Rideau Falls. On the cruise you get so close to the falls you can feel the spray off them.
You will also pass by Victoria Island.
You will pass by the Canadian Museum of History (formerly known as the Canadian Museum of Civilization).
Enjoy a lovely sunset from the boat.
Back on land in Ottawa, a visit to the Sparks Street Mall is a must. This is a pedestrian only zone with fancy shops and restaurants and some gorgeous architecture including this handsome post office.
Downtown Ottawa is full of public art. This West Coast sculpture isn't too far from Parliament.
This sculpture was made by James Hart, a Haida artist. Here's an interesting interview with him where he explains the ideas behind the work.
Many of the sculptures in the nation's capital are memorials. This is the peace keepers memorial. (Note: the men in red are real people!)
If you enjoy art, be sure to visit the National Gallery of Art.
Inside the gallery you'll find a sunny courtyard planted with a garden.
Across the street from the gallery is this wonderful old church.
For dining and evening entertainment, people flock to the Byward Market district.
You may enjoy:
Ottawa Tourism - A mini-guide to the nation's capital, for tourists.