Top Historical Places in Ottawa

Are you looking to explore the history of Ottawa through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Ottawa including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Ottawa. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Ottawa ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Ottawa, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Ottawa for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Ottawa with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Notre Dame Basilica

    4.7 (1051 Votes)
    Notre Dame Basilica

    Religious Site, Cathedral

    The Notre Dame Basilica was built from 1841 to 1885 and is the oldest building in Ottawa. The present day basilica stands on the grounds of the prior St. Jacques Church that was built in 1832. Today, the church’s Neoclassical and Gothic Revival architecture invites visitors from far and near and its interiors cast a spell on you, as soon as you enter! The gorgeous alter does take your bre...Read more
  2. National War Memorial

    4.7 (731 Votes)
    National War Memorial

    War Memorial

    The National War Memorial was established in 1939 to pay tribute to the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I, World War II, Second Boer War, War in Afghanistan and the Korean War. The statues consist of 23 bronze statues that represent the 11 branches of the Canadian forces that served in the First World War. The Tomb of the unknown soldier placed in front of the monument b...Read more
  3. Lansdowne Park

    4.5 (203 Votes)
    Lansdowne Park

    Park, Arena, Stadium, Restaurant

    Covering 18 acres of lush green spaces with shops, restaurants, markets, entertainment and live shows, the Lansdowne Park offers Ottawa’s best in a nutshell! The D Place stadium and arena complex, the Aberdeen Pavilion hall, Horticulture Building and the park that runs along Rideau Canal, offer a variety of activities in Ottawa- making it one of the most relaxing and de-stressing pockets ...Read more
  4. Famous Five Monument

    4.6 (25 Votes)
    Famous Five Monument


    The story marks the birth of the popular ‘Persons Case’ when 5 women asked the Supreme Court of Canada if the mention of ‘persons’ in Section 24 included women to be elected in the Senate. The Famous Five Monument marks one of the most popular cases of women’s right and the need for gender equality in politics. The women- Emily Murphy, Irene Marryat Parlby, Nellie ...Read more
  5. Laurier House National Historic Site Of Canada

    Historical Site, Architecture

    A former home of two of Canada’s Prime Ministers- Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King, the Laurier House National Historic Site gives you a peek into the country’s past. The house was built in 1870’s and accommodates preserved artefacts of its owners including furniture, sculptures, décor and cutlery. If you love history, you will love to se...Read more
  6. Archery Games

    4.7 (5 Votes)
    Archery Games

    Paint Ball, Arena, Games

    Covering an area of 8,000 square feet, the Archery Games combines traditional archery with paintball and dodge ball- a refreshing change for anyone who loves to try their hand at new things! Lead a battle game as you are engrossed in strategic play combined with a fun time in a modern facility that completes the immersive experience. The place is perfect for families or simply to have a good ti...Read more
  7. Nepean Point

    National Park, View Point, Walking Area, Historical Site

    The Nepean Point is a lookout point that offers a breathtaking view of the Ottawa River, the Parliament Hill and the Canadian Museum of history. The statue of Samuel de Champlain is the highlight of the hill and is dedicated to the man who explored the river in the early 17th century. On Canada Day, the lookout point is flooded by locals to see the fireworks. On any other day, the hill is ideal...Read more
  8. Central Chambers National Historic Site Of Canada

    Park, Memorial, Square

    The Confederation Square is the second most important ceremonial center after the Parliament Hill and has Canada’s National War Memorial at its heart. The square itself dates back to 1980’s and is surrounded by the Chateau Laurier and National Arts Centre along with other popular tourist attractions. The nearby park is perfect for a casual stroll any time of the day. Do see the &lsq...Read more
  9. Peacekeeping Monument

    4.6 (8 Votes)
    Peacekeeping Monument


    Dedicated to Canadian soldiers who served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces, the Peacekeeping Monument consists of 3 peacekeepers- 2 men and a woman, who are standing on the debris after the war. A quote by Lester Pearson etched at the base of the monument says that Canadians will contribute in keeping peace in the world. The quote multiplies the sentiment and story behind the monument ...Read more
  10. Billings Estate Museum

    4.4 (270 Votes)
    Billings Estate Museum

    Historical Site, Picnic Spot

    The Billings Estate National Historic Site is the oldest wooden home in Ottawa dating back to the 1820’s. The art collection of the place takes center stage with over 27,000 artifacts that re-live the history of the Billing’s family. You can have tea at the ‘Tea on the lawn’ along with scones and desserts or simply pack your lunch to come here and have a sunny picnic on ...Read more
  11. Pinhey's Point Historic Site

    Museum, Historical Site

    Belonging to Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey (a Canadian Politician) and his family until the 1970s, today the Pinhey's Point Historic Site Museum preserves historic paintings, portraits, exquisite embroidery work done by the women during that time, photographs, sketches and furniture. The exhibits show the stark difference between the modern and historic Ottawa. The silhouette portraits of the members o...Read more
  12. Beechwood Cemetery

    4.2 (8 Votes)
    Beechwood Cemetery


    The Beechwood Cemetery is where some of the most iconic figures from Canada rest in peace. The Cemetery dates back to 1873 and is spread across acres of land of trees and lush greenery with neatly maintained tombstones. Tours of the grounds are available on request and give you a thorough explanation of the cemetery, its history and its significance. The memorials spread across the cemetery of ...Read more
  13. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

    Museum, Outdoors, Historical Site

    The Cumberland Heritage Village is a living, breathing museum that takes you back to the simpler times of the 1920’s and 1930’s when technology was minimal and basic. The museum covers an area of 100 acres and includes a livestock barn, a working sawmill, a carpentry and pump factory, a school, a church, a train station and other historical buildings. Do carry your camera to capture...Read more