Ottawa Specialty Attractions
Producing Canadian coins and collector medallions and tokens, the Royal Canadian Mint is a money making marvel. Visitors can tour the facility and learn how money is made beginning from the mining process. After seeing how money is produced, visitors can spend some of their own at the boutique that features an array of collector coins.
This impressive sound and light show captivates visitors and locals alike. Images are projected on the outside walls of the Parliament Buildings and are brought to life with a magnificent display of lights and music. This outdoor show is free for all, but arrive early to grab a seat. Runs from the first week in July to the first week in September.
The Rideau Canal is transformed into the World's Longest Skating Rink every winter when the water freezes. Popular for over 30 years, this 7.8-km pathway becomes a magical setting for winter fun. Several facilities exist along the canal for convenience such as a cafe, ice huts, toilets, skate and sleigh rentals and more.
Visit the RCMP stable across from Rockcliffe Park and experience the history and regality of Canada's Mounties. The Musical Ride is a grand display of horse riding ability and choreography set to music. Visitors can also tour the stables, riding school, Tack Room and Farrier Station and see the majestic carriages used to escort Her Majesty the Queen. The stables are open daily for visitors, however, the RCMP Musical Ride travels throughout May to October.
Located in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, Parliament hill is a beautiful national landmark where laws are made and passed into active legislation. 'The Hill', as its commonly known, consists of several copper-topped buildings representing High Victorian Gothic architecture. Statues of notable people in Canadian history fill the grounds and a wonderful view of the Ottawa River can be enjoyed from the north side of the grounds. Guided tours of the Parliament buildings are offered most days (there are no tours of the centre block when Parliament is sitting) and tours of the grounds are offered during the summer. Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Dows Lake Pavilion
Situated beside Dows Lake, the Pavillion is home to restaurants and marinas. In the summer, there are boat rentals, from canoes to pedal boats. In the winter, rent skates and sleds. There are also warm domes for changing. The marina welcomes boaters and provides visitors with showers and a laundromat.
Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill is an historic ceremony that joins the Governor General's Foot Guards with the Canadian Grenadier Guards accompanied by the band of the Ceremonial Guard. Arrive early for a short talk about the symbolism and history of this fascinating display that has its roots in Britain. Occurs daily from June 23 to August 25 at 10am.