One-of-a-kind monuments in Ottawa
- Canada Travel Tips
- Friday, 26 April 2013 09:26
As Canada's capital city, Ottawa is home to some of the most historic and legendary monuments, museums and attractions in the entire country. Visitors planning a trip to Ottawa in the spring and summer months should leave plenty of time to take a long walk around the massive and beautiful city, as there are countless landmarks and beautiful vistas throughout the area.
Ottawa's collection of monuments, parks and more has continued to grow for more than a century. From the area surrounding Parliament Hill to the ByWard Market neighbourhood and beyond, visitors will have no shortage of fun and engaging sites to see when taking a stroll through the nation's capital.
A unique monument
Reconciliation, also known as the Peacekeeping Monument, is one of the most unique structures in all of Canada, and is perceived to be the only one to celebrate peacekeepers in the world. Visitors who are taking a stroll through the ByWard Market neighbourhood should make sure to stop by this massive and gorgeous monument that was constructed in 1992.
Canada's role in foreign relations has been long and storied, while an estimated 110,000 Canadian soldiers have been involved in peacekeeping operations throughout the world since 1948. Sculptor Jack Karman, urban designer Richard Henriquez and landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander completed this portrayal of three individuals - two men and one woman - as a team.
The three people featured in the monument are standing on sharp edges of stone, while the image is meant to symbolize the resolution of a conflict.
Another one-of-a-kind attraction
The Famous Five Monument in Ottawa was unveiled in October 2000, and commemorates the five women involved in the famous Persons Case. Located on the grounds of Parliament Hill, this monument celebrates the five Alberta women - Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Nellie McClung - who fought for women's rights in the late 1920s.
This monument was unveiled on October 18, which is Persons Day in Canada, to celebrate the victory these women had when the Judicial Committee of the British Privy Council favoured the cause and constitutionally recognized women as persons. The decision allowed women to run and enter the Senate, while the monument is among the only one on Parliament Hill to commemorate individuals who were not former Fathers of Confederation, ministers or monarchs.