Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #3 in (Old) Ottawa, Canada


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 15 sights
Distance 7.2 km
Ascend 275 m
Descend 282 m

Explore (Old) Ottawa in Canada with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Activities in (Old) OttawaIndividual Sights in (Old) Ottawa

Sight 1: MacKay United Church

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MacKay United Church is a United Church of Canada church in the New Edinburgh neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The church is located at the intersection of 39 Dufferin and Mackay at the southwest corner of the Rideau Hall estate. MacKay's present minister is Reverend Peter Woods.

Wikipedia: MacKay United Church (EN)

512 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 2: St. Bartholomew's Church

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St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church is a place of worship in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The building was constructed in the latter half of the 19th century and serves the surrounding neighbourhoods. Additionally, St. Bartholomew's is, due to its location next to Rideau Hall, the place of worship for various Governors General of Canada and some members of the Canadian Royal Family. It is also the regimental chapel of the Governor General's Foot Guards.

Wikipedia: St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church (Ottawa) (EN), Website

580 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 3: Rideau Hall

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Rideau Hall is the official residence in Ottawa of the governor general of Canada and is also the official residence of the Canadian monarch when he is in Ottawa. It stands in Canada's capital on a 36-hectare (88-acre) estate at 1 Sussex Drive, with the main building consisting of approximately 175 rooms across 9,500 square metres (102,000 sq ft), and 27 outbuildings around the grounds. Rideau Hall's site lies outside the centre of Ottawa. It is one of two official royal residences maintained by the federal Crown, the other being the Citadelle of Quebec.

Wikipedia: Rideau Hall (EN)

1019 meters / 12 minutes

Sight 4: Monument to Canadian Aid Workers

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Monument to Canadian Aid Workers Matti Blume / CC BY-SA

The Monument to Canadian Aid Workers is a monument in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is dedicated to Canadian aid workers who have lost their lives during foreign deployments. As a monument, it is internationally unique in its form and purpose.

Wikipedia: Monument to Canadian Aid Workers (EN)

166 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 5: Rideau Falls

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The Rideau Falls are two 11-metre waterfalls located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River. The falls are divided by Green Island, with Ottawa's Old City Hall just to the south. To the west of the falls is the headquarters of the National Research Council while to the east are the Canada and the World Pavilion and the French Embassy. Samuel de Champlain described the falls as "...a marvelous descends a height of twenty or twenty-five fathoms with such impetuosity that it makes an arch nearly four hundred paces broad." The falls were named by the early French for their resemblance to a curtain, or rideau in French. The Rideau River was later named after the falls. The Rideau Canal was constructed to bypass these falls and the Hog's Back Falls.

Wikipedia: Rideau Falls (EN)

695 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 6: Earnscliffe

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Earnscliffe The original uploader was SimonP at English Wikipedia. / CC BY-SA 3.0

Earnscliffe is a Victorian manor in Ottawa, Ontario, built in the Gothic Revival style. During the late 19th century, it was home to Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Since 1930, it has served as the residence of the British High Commissioner to Canada.

Wikipedia: Earnscliffe (EN), Heritage Website

1279 meters / 15 minutes

Sight 7: Kìwekì Point

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The National Capital Commission is the Crown corporation responsible for development, urban planning, and conservation in Canada's Capital Region, including administering most lands and buildings owned by the Government of Canada in the region.

Wikipedia: National Capital Commission (EN)

239 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 8: National Gallery of Canada

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The National Gallery of Canada, located in the capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, is Canada's national art museum. The museum's building takes up 46,621 square metres (501,820 sq ft), with 12,400 square metres (133,000 sq ft) of space used for exhibiting art. It is one of the largest art museums in North America by exhibition space.

Wikipedia: National Gallery of Canada (EN), Website

494 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 9: Major's Hill Park

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Major's Hill Park is a park in downtown Ottawa, Ontario. The park stands above the Rideau Canal at the point where it enters the Ottawa River. The parliament buildings can be seen across the canal to the west, to the north of the park is the National Gallery of Canada, and to the east are the United States embassy and the Byward Market. To the south is the Chateau Laurier hotel, built on land that was once part of the park.

Wikipedia: Major's Hill Park (EN)

575 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 10: Rideau Canal Celtic Cross

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The Rideau Canal Celtic Cross is a memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, erected to commemorate the workers and their families that died building the Rideau Canal between 1826 and 1832. The granite Celtic cross has five engraved symbols: an Irish harp; a pick and shovel; a mosquito; a wheel barrow, and an explosion. It is erected close to Lock #1, in the Colonel By Valley, below Major's Hill Park and Château Laurier Hotel. The group of volunteers who erected the cross were drawn together in 2002 by the Ottawa and District Labour Council with the goal of erecting the memorial. The committee included representatives of the Workers Heritage Centre Museum and the Irish Society of the National Capital Region. The group had support from the Kingston Irish Folk Club, which has raised a number of monuments in the Kingston area. Upon the unveiling of the cross at the canal's first lock at the Ottawa River, the committee disbanded.

Wikipedia: Rideau Canal Celtic Cross (EN)

173 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 11: Bytown Museum

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The Bytown Museum is a museum in Ottawa located in the Colonel By Valley at the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal at the Ottawa River, just below Parliament Hill. Housed in the Commissariat Building, Ottawa's oldest remaining stone building, the museum provides a comprehensive overview of the origins of Bytown and its development and growth into the present city of Ottawa.

Wikipedia: Bytown Museum (EN), Website

479 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 12: Sir John A. Macdonald

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Sir John A. Macdonald

Sir John Alexander Macdonald was the first prime minister of Canada, serving from 1867 to 1873 and from 1878 to 1891. He was the dominant figure of Canadian Confederation, and had a political career that spanned almost half a century.

Wikipedia: Sir John A. Macdonald (EN), Website

209 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 13: Library of Parliament

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The Library of Parliament is the main information repository and research resource for the Parliament of Canada. The main branch of the library sits at the rear of the Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. The library survived the 1916 fire that destroyed Centre Block. The library has been augmented and renovated several times since its construction in 1876, the last between 2002 and 2006, though the form and decor remain essentially authentic. The building today serves as a Canadian icon, and appears on the obverse of the Canadian ten-dollar bill.

Wikipedia: Library of Parliament (EN), Website, Heritage Website

207 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 14: Centre Block

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The Centre Block is the main building of the Canadian parliamentary complex on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Ontario, containing the House of Commons and Senate chambers, as well as the offices of a number of members of parliament, senators, and senior administration for both legislative houses. It is also the location of several ceremonial spaces, such as the Hall of Honour, the Memorial Chamber, and Confederation Hall.

Wikipedia: Centre Block (EN), Heritage Website

543 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 15: Canadian Police Memorial

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Canadian Police Memorial

The Canadian Police and Peace Officers' Memorial is a memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, commemorating approximately 900 Canadian law enforcement officers killed in the course of their duties. Dedicated in 1994, it is located at the northwest corner of the Parliament Hill grounds, overlooking the Ottawa River. The memorial consists of the Police Memorial Pavilion, a reconstruction of a 1877 gazebo by Thomas Seaton Scott, and a glass-and-steel perimeter wall etched with the names of the fallen officers, which was designed by landscape architectural firm Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg.

Wikipedia: Canadian Police And Peace Officer's Memorial (EN), Website


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