Top 10 his­tor­i­cal sites in Ottawa

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CONTENTS - by Garry Shaw

This year Cana­di­ans cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of con­fed­er­a­tion – when the var­i­ous colonies of Canada came to­gether on July 1st, 1867, to unite as a sin­gle na­tion. At the time, this in­cluded the Prov­ince of Canada (ef­fec­tively Que­bec and On­tario), Nova Sco­tia and New Brunswick. A new na­tion needs a cap­i­tal, and this hon­our fell to the city of Ottawa. To­day, Ottawa is a vi­brant city, though of­ten over­looked in favour of the more pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions of Toronto, Que­bec City and Mon­treal. But per­haps this will all change in 2017. The big­gest cel­e­bra­tions for Canada's birth­day will be held in Ottawa, and the an­nual Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions on 1st July – when Par­lia­ment Hill be­comes a con­cert venue, packed with rev­ellers, and many of the city's streets, closed to traf­fic for the day, trans­form into out­door par­ties – will surely be the most ex­u­ber­ant and im­pres­sive in the coun­try. So, get ready to dress in red, stick maple leaf stick­ers to your face, wave some flags, and break out the Tim Hor­tons' cof­fee. It's time to cel­e­brate. And while you're in Ottawa, why not check out our top ten must-see her­itage at­trac­tions in the re­gion.

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