Exploring Canada's history of war in Ottawa
- Canada Travel Tips
- Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:09
The Canadian military was a crucial component of a variety of wars throughout the past several decades, and even dating back further to the 19th century. The nation also continues to be a force in a variety of peacekeeping efforts through the United Nations and autonomously, aiding in the protection of foreign lands through a multilateral approach to international relations.
Visitors to Ottawa will have a variety of opportunities to learn more about Canada's long and storied international and domestic peacekeeping efforts, as well as the nation's involvement in several wars throughout the past three centuries.
Documenting a long history
The Canadian War Museum is located in Ottawa, and is home to a variety of different literature, artifacts and exhibitions that teach visitors about the nation's history of international relations. When traveling to Canada, those interested in having an interactive and engaging experience that documents a variety of large-scale and smaller confrontations between several nations can find all of the necessary information at this museum.
To begin, visitors should stop by Memorial Hall, which is a permanent fixture in the museum and offers a tranquil environment to remember those lost in the various wars. While the room itself is relatively empty, the only artifact is a headstone in memoriam of Canada's Unknown Soldier, while seating is limited to a single bench. The designers modeled the room to mimic the rows of white headstones many Allied nations use in their veterans cemeteries.
From there, visitors can stop by the Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour, which celebrates some of the most influential military and political figures in the nation's history. This exhibit gives an enlivening and primary account of the achievements of major military personnel, while also offering their personal stories.
Finally, visitors interested in learning more about the evolution of military technology should stop by the LeBreton Gallery, which is a permanent exhibition that holds a variety of artifacts, prototypes and other interesting items related to the evolution of war.
Must-see outside memorials
The National War Memorial is also in Ottawa, and visitors should make sure to stop by the beautiful and awe-inspiring monument located in Confederation Square. This incredible structure was erected to celebrate and memorialize a variety of military veterans who lost their lives in the First World War, Second World War or Korean War.
Confederation Square is filled with a variety of memorial sites that keep the history of veterans alive.