Learning more about Ottawa's construction and the iconic Mounties
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Monday, 22 April 2013 12:58
Individuals planning a trip to Ottawa will have a variety of opportunities to learn about the history of Canada, its people and the evolution of culture in the nation. Canada's capital city is rich with museums and other attractions that give a unique perspective on the development of the North American nation's economy, political structure and foreign relations.
Many of Canada's largest and most renowned museums and attractions are located in Ottawa, illustrating why travellers should plan on spending more than just a weekend in the capital city. The Bytown Museum and RCMP Musical Ride Centre are two of the lesser-known but still exciting attractions which all visitors should check out.
History and much more
The Bytown Museum is located at 1 Canal Lane in Ottawa and centered between the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel and Parliament Hill, right next to the Rideau Canal locks. This is one of the countless attractions that visitors will be able to easily access when taking a stroll down the historic and unique Rideau Canal, and offers extensive information related to some of the most important figures in Canada's storied history.
The museum has several permanent exhibits that offer interesting perspectives on stories that were crucial to the development of Ottawa, ranging from Lieutenant-Colonel John By to the city's classification as the capital. Visitors from all nations will be able to access some of the tours, as this attraction offers audio in six different languages, including German, English, Mandarin and Spanish.
One of the newest exhibits that is set to open on May 4 is titled "Mexico Fanstastico!" and offers information related to diplomacy in the other North American nation. Mexico's culture and other components of its society are also explored in this engaging new exhibit, which will run through February 2014.
Other exhibits include Capital Neighbourhoods, which provides participants with information related to the development of seven communities found in Ottawa, and Where Ottawa Begins, which explains the foundation of the city.
Celebrating the Mounties
The RCMP Musical Ride Centre was created to honour and offer tribute to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the Mounties), and is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. until April 30 and then daily between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. between May 1 and August 31. Visitors will be able to observe carriages and the superiorly trained horses that pull them. The Mounties are an iconic and critical component of Canada's rich culture, and those planning a trip to Ottawa will be able to learn more about these law enforcers.