Experiencing the political history of Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Friday, 29 March 2013 06:09
As Canada's capital city, Ottawa is home to a variety of historic and contemporary political sites, such as Parliament Hill, Laurier House and the Supreme Court. Lovers of politics have a variety of options to learn more about the nation's current government, as well as previous versions of Her Majesty's Government previous versions of Her Majesty's Government.
First stop: Parliament Hill
Visitors to Ottawa should plan on stopping by the Parliamentary Precinct, which is home to the Parliament of Canada. All of the buildings on Parliament Hill were designated as National Historic Sites in 1976.
Centre Block is a popular first place to stop, though visitors will also be able to explore the grounds of Parliament Hill, with many monuments and views to discover. The establishment also offers free access to the Peace Tower observation deck, which gives a gorgeous view of the city. Additionally, the Memorial Chamber is another self-guided area where visitors can see special collections of books that celebrate and memorialize veterans who died while serving Canada.
A quick skip to the Supreme Court
After visiting Parliament Hill and getting a good perspective on the evolution of Canadian government, visitors will be able to visit the Supreme Court, which is a short trip down Wellington Street in the downtown area. The Supreme Court of Canada offers half hour-long guided tours, and provides fun for the whole family. Further, tours can be found for either English or French speaking individuals.
Visitors will gain interesting insights into the ways in which Canadian officials handle a variety of legal matters.
Taking a trip to Laurier House
Laurier House is a bit outside of the downtown Ottawa area, though it is accessible by bicycle, public transit and car. This establishment is a National Historic Site and offers a variety of activities for patrons visiting throughout the year. Two former prime ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King, lived in the house.