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Parliament Hill

Once the site of military barracks, the development of Parliament Hill began in 1859 as a result of Queen Victoria proclaiming Ottawa as capital of the “United Province of Canada.” Touring through the Centre Block and Library of Parliament gives you a glimpse into modern Canadian government, while its Victorian Gothic Revival architectural details recall the grandeur of the past. In the summer, visitors arrive early to see the 19th-century military pageantry of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

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Canadian Museum of Nature

Explore our natural past, present and future at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
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Stroll Rideau Canal

Its paved paths are a popular destination for bicycling, walking and even paddling during the warmer months. In winter, the canal transforms into the world’s largest ice-skating rink.
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Rideau Hall

Nestled on 79 acres of landscaped grounds in downtown Ottawa, Rideau Hall, the official residence of Canada's Governor General, preserves some of the country's oldest traditions and offers many activities throughout the year.