Supreme Court of Canada
Can you handle the truth? Watch the gavel fly and the decision come down at the Supreme Court of Canada. As the highest court in the country — located in downtown Ottawa within walking distance of Parliament Hill — it deals with the largest issues within Canada. And, if court is in session, you’re able to sit in on appeal hearings. Law students, and the potential next crop of Canadian judges, lead daily tours through the Court from May to August, and by reservation the rest of the year.
- The court is located on Wellington Street, just west of the Parliament Buildings, and was designed by renowned Canadian architect Ernest Cormier.
- The court's front steps are flanked by statues of Truth and Justice, created by Walter S. Allward, creator and architect of the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France.
- The court's stunning Grand Entrance Hall is finished in three different types of marble and features two candelabrum-style fluted metal lamp standards. The courtrooms are finished in lavish and exotic woods.
- A statue of former Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent stands on the lawn in front of the building, where downtown Ottawa workers often gather for lunchtime soccer games.
- Tucked away at the back of the building are a fountain and terrace overlooking the Ottawa River.
- Tours, conducted by law student guides, are available daily from May through August and by reservation the rest of the year; reservations are required year round for groups of more than ten.