Located in Ottawa, Beechwood Cemetery became the home of Canada's National Military Cemetery in 2007. It brought together four sections of the cemetery where the war dead, Veterans and those who died in service rest in peace, to create what is now known as Canada's National Military Cemetery. It is a national focal point of honour which recognises the men and women of Canada’s Armed Forces who have served their country with distinction in war and in peace. As a national site of recognition, this cemetery is unique within Canada.
Located in Montebello, halfway between Gatineau/Ottawa and Montréal, the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site represents one of the most treasured heritage locations in the area surrounding La Petite-Nation and in the greater Ottawa River region. The Site has been designed primarily to commemorate Louis-Joseph Papineau, the man who was to become a leading figure in Canadian politics during the 19th century. The Site is also designed to showcase the manor house and domain of "Monte-Bello," the impressive work of architecture designed and given form by Louis-Joseph Papineau.
Get your students ready for the thrill of a lifetime aboard the only Amphibious tour in the city. Let us drive you by land and water through the National Capital area of Ottawa and Gatineau. A unique historical adventure awaits you. Let our bilingual guides take you through the important sites of this picturesque area. The bilingual tour with fully narrated humorous anecdotes will last approximately 1 hour and takes you along an entertaining and educational journey. Lady-Dive tours always gets you the best prices in town for a quality tour.
Live the ultimate IMAX® Experience at the only IMAX 3D screen and Dome Theatre in North America! A unique journey through history, culture, adventure and nature with stunning films that touches and inspire. Located at the Canadian Museum of History.
Discover the Hill School Program is a perfect complement to the indoor tour of the Center Block. This outdoor program has a site interpreter guiding young people around the grounds of Parliament Hill on an interactive journey into Canada’s past, present and future. Students will discover Parliament’s role in reflecting our past, shaping our present, and determining our future.
Passports in hand, visitors discover one incredible destination after another. Whether on a visit to homes in the International Village, a trek to a desert pyramid, a jaunt to the Port of Entry to help unload a cargo ship, or a stroll through the bustling Market Bazaar, visitors encounter endless ways to learn about the world and one another. A world of discovery where kids have lots of fun! At the Canadian Children’s Museum we offer learning programs based on the concept of learning through play for kids from preschool to cycle 1.
Discover the magnificient forest of the Ottawa region from the top of the trees while flying on our giant ziplines! Arbraska Laflèche provides fun and excitement for all on its unique treetop aerial game courses.
Performances for Music Groups
Performances for Music Groups
Allow MPO to find the perfect location for your band to play in front of a live audience or practice on a stage.
Adjudication for Music Groups
Adjudication for Music Groups
There is a great educational benefit to have adjudication provided for your musical group. The adjudicator will make comments on the bands concert for the group in order to improve on their performance.
Pool Party in Ottawa
Pool Party in Ottawa
After a long day of traveling or touring around the city, make a huge splash and enjoy a refreshing pool party.
The Diefenbunker is one of the most unique educational sites in Canada. Come tour the museum with your class or school tour group and let participants experience the complexities of the Cold War first-hand.
Tours of the Diefenbunker allow students to immerse themselves in the Cold War and experience Canadian history from a perspective that cannot be achieved anywhere else. Students will walk down the Blast Tunnel and into the 1960s. They will see rooms that were pivotal to the continuance of government, such as the Prime Minister’s suite, the CBC Radio studio, the Bank of Canada vault, and the Emergency Government Situation Centre, and they will be able to stand in the War Cabinet Room where Canada’s emergency government would have made vital global decisions during a nuclear war.
Morning, noon and night the ByWard Market has something just for you. Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place. Within an area roughly four blocks square, you’ll find museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair and aesthetics salons and more! Easily accessible on foot, by transit, by car or by bus, the ByWard Market offers a unique experience for all.
Learn about Capital symbols and treasures, while taking photos and sightseeing in Ottawa. This fun program, co-developed by youth, is offered in partnership with the Bytown Museum. “Click! Photo Treasure Hunt” is an exciting way for your students to experience the Capital, while learning about its social, historical and artistic features. Beginning at the Bytown Museum, students set out on their own or in small groups to explore a mapped area of the Capital. They are given a series of clues, and their mission is to find and photograph themselves with the answers. Once they finish, the students return to the museum. There, a guide will lead an interactive presentation to review the answers.
As the highest court in the country the Supreme Court deals with legal issues of public importance within Canada. If court is in session, you’re able to sit in on appeal hearings. Law students lead daily tours through the Court from May to August, and by reservation the rest of the year.
Discover the city of Ottawa the old fashioned way. Walk through this fascinating city and find out about its many surprising and interesting facts while appreciating the architecture and art of Canada’s capital.
Every city had its share of ghost stories, and Ottawa is no exception. Visit the city’s downtown neighbourhood by lantern-light and walk death row to the last working gallows in Canada at the former Carleton County Jail. The Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa, Ghost and the Gallows and the Crime and Punishment tours combines local history and real-life ghost stories to create an unforgettable experience for your students.
Saint Patrick’s Basilica was completed in 1875 and was declared a Basilica on St. Patrick’s Day in 1995. Serving English parishioners, it is the oldest Roman Catholic parish in Ottawa. Sacred paintings, stained glass windows, a Casavant pipe Organ, marble altars, pulpit, communion railings, and statues have enriched the interior modern Gothic design. Phase three of the rebuilding of the historic pipe is in the process of being completed. The Basilica is both beautiful and functional offering several masses each day.
The Royal Canadian Mint on historic Sussex Drive was founded in 1908. View over $1 million worth of gold bullion on display and take a guided tour to learn how coins are produced. Browse through the boutique filled with something for your coin collection, a special gift, or a souvenir of your visit.
Visit the official residence and workplace of the Governor General of Canada since 1865. Rideau Hall welcomes visiting royalty, heads of State and Canadians from all walks of life. Ceremonies for the Order of Canada, Bravery Awards and other honours also take place at Rideau Hall.
Learn what it means to be a member of the world famous RCMP Musical Ride. Be a part of a proud Canadian tradition. Tours of our stables and museum are available all year around. When the Musical Ride is in town you can meet the riders and horses. There is plenty to experience even when the Musical Ride is not at home.
The house at 24 Sussex Drive was built in 1868 by Joseph Currier as a wedding gift to his wife, Hannah Wright. It has since been occupied by a succession of government leaders, including John Diefenbaker, Lester Pearson, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and all their successors. The list of visitors to the house is even more dazzling. People such as Sir Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, and John and Jacqueline Kennedy, to name a few have been guests of the impressive Prime Minister’s house.
Visit the centre stage of Canadian democracy! During your guided tour of the Centre Block, you may see the Senate and the House of Commons, the Hall of Honour and the Library of Parliament. Your tour will begin in the Visitor Welcome Centre. While you wait for our guided visit to begin, you can explore a small varied-media exhibit which describes the history, roles and functions of Canada’s parliamentarians.
Top off your visit to the Parliament with a view of Canada’s Capital Region from the Peace Tower observation deck. Groups can also visit the Memorial Chamber, which houses a special collection of books commemorating Canada’s war dead. In the Footsteps of Great Canadians is an outdoor guided tour that leads visitors to statues of former Prime Ministers, helps people discover how these historic figures shaped Canada’s past, present and future and reveals the national significance of their actions. Learn more about the themes, visions and achievements of five great Prime Ministers.
Built in 1931 with the same red cedar used to build the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the Montebello Train Station now houses a visitor information centre, and a souvenir shop. The station also houses a ticket office for the Manoir-Papineau National Historic Site and a chocolate museum where visitors can see chocolate being made from local ingredients.
This spacious residence, built in 1878, is filled with a collection of furniture, furnishings and memorabilia spanning more than fifty years of occupancy by two of Canada’s former prime ministers: Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King.
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The Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada traces the history and evolution of money over the last 2,500 years. Seven galleries contain portions of the National Collection, the most complete collection of Canadian notes and coins in the world.
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, located 20 minutes east of Ottawa, depicts life in a rural village at the turn of the century. Located on a 100-acre site, the village is distinctive in its portrayal of the way industrialization and mechanization changed our way of life. The village has over 20 timeless attractions. Also included with the village are exhibits and special events that bring to life the period of 1880-1935.
Step-on guides will board your bus to give you a personalized tour along Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s discovery route. Your guide will provide a colourful glimpse of the story of Canada and will showcase a variety of national museums, historic sites, monuments and parks. You’ll see what makes our National Capital different from other cities, and how it represents all Canadians. Guides are specialized in youth tours and will stimulate the curiosity of your students by delving into our fascinating history and showcasing Canadian achievements.
Let your students immerse themselves in a dynamic, hands-on experience that is sure to expand their knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world. Canada's rich military history is showcased through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent and special exhibitions. Rest and reflect in Memorial Hall. Discover the Museum's fascinating architectural theme. And chat with a veteran to let history come alive. Also available: gallery activity sheets, workshops, guided tours, free group orientation program in May/June and group menus at the cafeteria.
Discover the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped the nation’s history. Take in the beauty of this architectural gem and its spectacular setting on the banks of the Ottawa River. Marvel at the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles and explore the traditions and achievements of Canada’s First Peoples. Tour our many international special and permanent exhibitions, the Children’s Museum and live the ultimate cinema experience at the IMAX® Theatre. We propose a wide range of school programs that encourage students to pursue a deeper understanding of the Canada’s history. Also available: gallery activity sheets, workshops, guided tours and group menus at the cafeteria.
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is home to a unique collection of aircraft that illustrates the full sweep of aeronautical history. This spans the first attempts at flight to the jet age, including Canada’s contributions to the industry and the impact of aviation on Canadian society. Space enthusiasts of all ages will love seeing the iconic Canadarm up close, and learning what daily life is like for an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS). School programs at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum have been designed to maximize your students’ opportunities to explore, experiment, observe, assess and discuss their findings. The workshop-style programs offer hands-on components, where students are able to put theory into practice, following the principles of the scientific method.
Wilderness Tours has been the leading whitewater rafting and kayaking company on the Ottawa River since 1975. Rafting is an exciting way to experience the power of a moving river and develop an appreciation for wilderness and conservation. Other teaching outcomes are historical insight, geography, physical exercise, paddling and whitewater skills. Special programs for school, youth and scouting groups are available with rafting or flatwater Voyageur canoeing.
Ottawa offers some of the best bicycling paths in Ontario with more than 300 kilometres of recreational pathways. Ride along the Rideau Canal, cycle the parliament pathways or through some amazing green space throughout and around the city.
Take a comprehensive and panoramic tour of the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River on one of the many cruise tours offered in the capital. Schedules can be made to fit any visitor’s schedule with regular daily departures.
Laser Quest is live action laser tag at its best! This exciting world of laser adventure is unbeatable for corporate, social or group outings. Laser Quest is interactive, multi-level, intense fun for ages 7 to 77.
Cheer for the Ottawa Senators as they play home ice. The Senators won their first Stanley Cup in 1903 against the Montreal Victories on home ice and went on to win a total of 11 Stanley Cups. The Senators ceased operations in the early 30’s only to start up again in 1992.
Interactive displays and videos in Logan Hall will introduce your students to the exciting history of this organization, and to the fascinating rocks, minerals, meteorites and fossils in its collection from Canada and around the world.
Enjoy horseback riding at its best! Ride 40 kilometers of trails through the panoramic mountains and hillsides of Gatineau. Captiva Farms offers a petting zoo and is a popular choice for large or small groups.
Natural history comes alive through amazing exhibits including dinosaurs, minerals, mammals, birds, insects, a cave & a blue whale skeleton! From June 11 to Sept. 5: See Ultimate Dinosaurs. Meet T. rex’s bigger, badder cousin in a special exhibition that features 20 new and exotic dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar.
Re-opening in 2017!
Hold a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite, study the effects of extreme cold on objects, build and test bridges, and more! The museum offers interactive activities, as well as pre- and post-visit learning kits. A visit to the Canada Science and Technology Museum will allow students to push buttons, turn dials, and pull levers to experience science and technology first-hand. Students will discover artifact-rich exhibits featuring marine and land transportation, astronomy, communications, energy, mining and computer technology. Science and technology have changed Canada and influenced its people. Students will learn how scientific and technological achievements have transformed Canada, from the period of early exploration and settlement to the present.
Discover the importance of science and technology in agriculture and food on a working farm! Dynamic, hands-on educational programs bring school subjects to life. At the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, students will enjoy learning practical information, while exploring a real farm. This demonstration farm provides an informal educational environment that uses a science-based approach, allowing students to discover the importance of science and technology in agriculture.
The National Gallery of Canada is the proud home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art. Experience the best visual art in the country at our magnificent building located at the heart of Canada’s capital. The stunning panoramic views of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill, the spacious galleries, the interior gardens and the quiet courtyards make this award-winning architectural gem in itself worth the visit.
You’ll discover one of the greatest art institutions in the world. Its home to more than 40,000 works of art (by over 6,000 artists), including a large number by the Group of Seven, and strong collections of Indigenous, Asian, and International works. The Gallery hosts special exhibits throughout the year that bring light to a specific topic, discipline, or renowned and up-and-coming artists. We offer clay workshops for students in grades 1 to 6 and one-hour guided tours on a variety of themes for students in grades K to 12. Emphasis is placed on careful looking, critical thinking, and making personal connections to the artworks on display.
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography showcases the work of Canada’s most dynamic photographers in a diverse and ever-changing schedule of events. CMCP offers guided tours, meet the Artist Tours, lectures, workshops and other special events.
Upper Canada Village is one of the largest living-history sites in Canada. It portrays life in a rural English Canadian setting during the year 1866, just before Confederation. Spend up to one full day at Upper Canada Village in one of our special school and group programs. What was it really like to live and work in the 19th century? Come walk in the shoes of the Past in the Village Overnight Live-in Adventure program. A Teacher's Resource Kit comes complete with site information and a selection of activities designed for different grade levels, available online or upon request.
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