List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

 

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

National War Memorial

The cenotaph symbolizes the sacrifice of all Canadian Armed Forces personnel.

When: All Year Round, Dawn to Dusk
Where: Elgin Street | Confederation Square, Ottawa

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Here, you can explore the Canadian history of aviation through permanent and temporary exhibits, tours, virtual field trips, other programmings. You can also fly over downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill in a small plane, enjoy a helicopter ride over Ottawa or celebrate a special occasion with a ride on a vintage aircraft.

When: Reopens July 17th. Thursday – Monday | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: 11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa

Canadian War Museum

This is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its exhibits emphasize the human experience of war and cover a diverse collection of artillery, vehicles, and other artifacts, stories from the 18th century to the present. The museum is widely regarded as one of the world’s most respected museums for the study and understanding of armed conflict.

When: Reopens July 17th. Wednesday – Sunday | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Thursdays until 7:00 PM
Where: 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa

 

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Bytown Museum

Learn about the history of the city through artifacts, exhibits, and programs at the Bytown museum. Learn about the early years of Rideau Canal construction, about Bytown’s emergence as Canada’s capital, and more.

When: Closed; Reopening dates TBA
Where: Canal Lane, Ottawa. Located at the Rideau Canal locks between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier hotel.

Canadian Museum of Nature

This is the place to go if you want to discover the origins of the earth and the amazing diversity of life now and in the past. While here, check out the living outdoor exhibition space that features many of Canada’s notable ecozones as well as the huge planet Earth in the museum’s atrium and sculpture of the moon in the Queens’ Lantern.

When: Reopens July 16; Wednesday – Sunday | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa

Canadian Museum of History

Discover the events and people that shaped Canada’s history through permanent and rotating temporary exhibits. If you are looking for something different, check out their new special exhibition that features one of the most fascinating civilizations of the ancient world. On view until August 22nd is the immersive exhibition ‘Queens of Egypt‘.

When: Open; Monday – Sunday | 9:10 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Learn how developments in agricultural science and technology transformed the lives of Canadians through artifacts and exhibitions, live demonstrations, special events, and programs.

When: Reopens July 16;Monday – Sunday | 9:10 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: 901 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa

Canada Science and Technology Museum

Explore fascinating stories of Canada’s Science and Technology advancements at the Museum.

 

When: Reopens July 16; Wednesday to Sunday | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: 2421 Lancaster Road, Ottawa

Rideau Hall Grounds

Rideau Hall, a National Historic Site, is the official residence and workplace of the Governor-General. Tour the grounds to see the trees planted by a visiting head of State/Royal family, or other dignitaries. Discover the inuksuk and the totem pole or admire the sweeping arc of roses in the Canadian Heritage Gardens. Map of the grounds

When: Grounds open daily | 8:00 AM to one hour before sunset; public tours of Rideau Hall and the Citadelle are suspended.
Where: 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

This is a historic landmark in Ottawa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features a 220 km long system of lakes, rivers, and canals that stretches from Kingston to Lake Ontario. Hike, bike, or picnic along the trails that follow the canal, paddle the Rideau Canal, or camp outside.

When: Monday to Thursday | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Friday to Sunday | 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Where: 1230 Notre Dame Street, Gatineau

 

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Notre Dame Basilica

This majestic Cathedral is the oldest surviving church in Ottawa with stained glass windows, gothic arches, and ornamentation.

When: Daily
Where: 56 Guigues Avenue, Ottawa

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

This is a 4-storey underground bunker built during the Cold War and is nicknamed after the then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. The Museum in the present-day presents before the Canadians a glimpse into the country’s past through exhibitions and events.

When: Reopens July 21, 2021; Wednesday – Friday | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: 3929 Carp Road, Ottawa (Carp)

Bank of Canada Museum

History of World and Candian currency with fascinating artifacts and exhibits all the while understanding what the Bank of Canada does.

When: Reopening date TBA
Where: 30 Bank Street, Ottawa

Royal Canadian Mint

See how the Royal Canadian Mint produces hand-crafted collector and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions. This is where the master tooling is done to create the dies that strike coin designs for both circulation and commemorative issues.

When: Reopening date TBA
Where: 320 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

National Gallery of Canada

Housed in an architecturally stunning building, the National Gallery of Canada features Contemporary to Indigenous art, Canadian to Asian, from the 1700s to the present. Once you have seen all the exhibits, take a stroll through the courtyard, the Garden Court, the Water Court, and also the indoor and outdoor gardens, and visit the Rideau Chapel.

When: Reopens July 16; Wednesday – Monday | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Thursdays until 8:00 PM
Where: 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Laurier House National Historic Site

This National Historic Site is the former residence of two Canadian Prime MInisters – Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King. Although the historic house will remain closed, you can enjoy the beautiful grounds surrounding the house and participate in interpretive events taking place on select days.

When: Grounds open; Thursday to Monday | 11:00 AM – Noon; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM; Historic House, Visitor Center – TBA
Where: 335 Laurier Ave. East

Ottawa Art Gallery

The contemporary art gallery will be re-opening 3 exhibitions, and inaugurating a photography exhibit in Galerie Annexe and new artworks months in the making by teams of local artists.

When: Reopening on July 21st
Where: 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa

Watson’s Mill

Celebrate Manotick and its history at this industrial heritage site that overlooks the back channels of the Rideau River. This working 1860’s grist and flour mill is the perfect place for visitors to see a glimpse of life in the 1860s.

When: Reopens on July 16th | 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: 5525 Dickinson St., Manotick

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Step back in time to a historic village at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. The museum buildings are currently closed, however, you can still enjoy self-guided tours of the museum grounds. Explore the gardens, see demonstrations of old-fashioned trades and machinery, and view heritage-breed farm animals.

When: Open; Wednesday – Sunday | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: 2940 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland

Supreme Court of Canada

Visit the Supreme Court of Canada. Take a tour and a law student guide you on the operations of the Canadian judicial system. If the Court is in session, you can sit on the hearing of an appeal.

When: TBA
Where: 301 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Billings Estate National Historic Site

The oldest wooden frame house in Canada and the former home of one of the region’s earliest settlers. Spend the day exploring the exhibitions with interactive and kid-friendly activities, discovering the beauty of the parkland.

When: Open – Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 2100 Cabot Street, Ottawa

Library and Archives Canada

Dedicated to preserving the documentary heritage of Canada, the Library and Archives Canada also serve as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

When: Open by reservation.
Where: 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa

Nepean Museum

Nepean Museum showcases the history of Nepean through a series of changing exhibits and houses over 20,000 objects of interest. Outdoor facilities include a children’s climbing frame and sandpit, a basketball court and the Doug Froebel Baseball Park.

When: TBA
Where: 16 Rowley Avenue, Nepean

Fairfields Heritage House

Fairfields Heritage House is a 19th century Gothic Revival Ontario farmhouse. It is refurnished with artifacts that reflect different themes of the Bell family history. Visitors will learn about the family’s entrepreneurial, philanthropic, professional, and political activities and learn about the history of the people who shaped the region.

When: TBA
Where: 3080 Richmond Road, Nepean

 

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

Situated on 88 acres of farmers’ fields, shoreline, and parkland, Pinhey’s Point Historic Site is an Ontario Heritage Trust Site and preserves a 200-year old manor house and the surrounding stone ruins. This scenic place with its rolling hills is a popular destination for walking and biking.

When: Outdoor open; Indoors: TBA
Where: 270 Pinhey’s Point Road, Dunrobin

Goulbourn Museum

Previously a Town Hall, the Goulbourn Museum is home to interactive and hands-on exhibitions such as the 100th Regiment of Foot about the soldiers who settled Goulbourn Township in 1818 after the War of 1812-1814.

When: TBA
Where: 2064 Huntley Rd., Stittsville

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Zipline across Ottawa River on a 1,400 foot-long zip line above 120 feet sea level at 40 km/hr.

When: Open Now
Where: 40-Z, Jos-Montferrand street, Gatineau.

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