Government Buildings in Ottawa

The Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint located at 320 Sussex Dr, no longer produces currency for circulation. However, the facility still produces hand-crafted coins from original designs done by Canadian artists. The facility was instituted in 1908 and produces some of the world’s most spectacular collectible and commemorative coins, medals, and medallions. The Mint produces silver, gold and platinum coins. The facility offers a friendly guided tour that allows you to learn about the production of the coins. Here you will also see the prestigious Vancouver 2010 athlete medals and learn about see the biggest coin ever produced. As you end your tour, you can shop for collector coin souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones.

Cour Supreme du Canada

Cour Supreme du Canada is the highest court in Canada’s legal system, located at 301 Wellington St, Ottawa, Ontario. The court opens its doors to the public for tours from 9 am to 5 pm. Visitors can enjoy a free guided tour and learn how Canada’s judicial system operates and how the court deals with cases of public importance. You can also attend a court session but prepare for rigorous security before accessing the courtroom. The court building boasts magnificent architecture and lawn. You will also see the Statues of Veritas and Justicia outside the building.

The Peace Tower

Also called the tower of victory, the peace tower rises to a height of almost 98 meters and located at Parliament Hill, Ottawa.  It is the most prominent feature on Parliament Hill. It is also the most commonly recognized symbol of Canada second only to the Canadian Flag. The tower is a representation of the wartime and political history of the city. There are free guided tours for those interested in visiting the building and parliament. From the peace tower, you can have a great view of the city.

Rideau Hall

Rideau Hall is the official occupancy and workplace of the Governor General a purpose it serves since 1867.  Located at  1 Sussex Dr, Rideau Hall is the place where the monarch stays during visits to Ottawa. The Governor General’s residence is open to the public giving visitors an opportunity to view this beautiful mansion. There are guided tours that facilitate visitors to access the residence’s state room. This is where the Governor General receives ambassadors, welcomes heads of states and dignitaries and presents the country’s highest honors. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful landscape with lush green lawns.

The Global Center for Pluralism

The Global Center for Pluralism is another Canadian heritage Landmark. Located at 330 Sussex Dr, Ottawa the center housed the public archives between 1805 and 1967 and the Canadian War Museum between 1967 and 2005. The building underwent renovations until 2016 to prepare the structure to house the international headquarters of the Global Center for Pluralism. January saw the center relocate its operations to the new base, but the official opening took place in May 2017. The Center’s Forecourt Garden offers a tranquil environment that visitors can access at any time of the day.

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