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11 Monuments in Ottawa

11 monuments in ottawa

Are you planning a trip to Ottawa? It’s a beautiful city to visit in any season, for its architecture and its parks. As this is Canada’s national capital, there are many monuments to various persons and events important to this country’s history. While developing our Ottawa Tourist Scavenger Hunt, we identified several monuments in Ottawa that are worth your time. More specifically, here are 11 monuments, each honoring an event or person in the nation’s history. Some monuments include many statues. However, a separate list of significant statues will appear soon.

11 Monuments to see in Ottawa

  1. Monument aux ValeureuxValiants Memorial
    • The Valiants Memorial commemorates 14 key figures in Canada’s military history. It was erected in 2006 and dedicated by Governor General Michaël Jean. The busts and statues, of natural size, were carved by Marlene Hilton Moore and John McEven.
    • These heroes come from 5 significant periods in Canadian history:
      1. French Regime (1534-1763)
      2. American Revolution (1775-1783)
      3. War of 1812 (1812-1815)
      4. World War I (1914-1918)
      5. World War II (1939-1945)
  1. Canadian Flags Monument
    • The Canadian Flags Monument features the 14 main flags of the country:
      1. That of Canada, those of the 10 provinces, as well as those of the 3 territories.
    • At the base of each flag is the province’s or territory’s coat of arms.
  2. Victoria Tower Bell
    • In 1916, the Parliament of Canada burned down, along with its Victoria Tower. It was smaller than the current Peace Tower. At the top of the Victoria Tower was a bell that rang the time.
    • She now stands exposed at the back of Parliament Hill.
  3. OursTerritorial Prerogative
    • Bruce Garner’s sculpture of a fish-eating bear standing on two legs is located on Sparks Ave at the corner of Metcalfe St.
  4. Millennium Fountain
    • In the old days, a public fountain sprang up for the villagers to collect drinking water before the arrival of the aqueducts. Millennium Fountain commemorates this past era.
  5. Flamme du CentenaireCentennial Flame
    • The Centennial Flame, located in front of the Canadian Parliament, first lit on January 1, 1967, on Canada’s centennial. The Prime Minister of the time, Lester B. Pearson, who is on the $ 50 bill, lit the flame.
  6. Colonel By Fountain
    • Located in Confederation Park, the Colonel By Fountain in the center of the park was inaugurated in 1955, before the park was dedicated. It was rebuilt in 1975.
  7. Peace Keepers’ Monument
    • A monument honoring Canadians who have participated in the various United Nations peacekeeping missions over the years is located in front of the National Arts Gallery, just north of the US Embassy.
  8. 1812 War Memorial
    • A monument honoring Canadians who participated in the War of 1812 stands in front of the east block on Parliament Hill.
  9. Ottawa Firefighters’ Monument
    • This Ottawa firefighters’ monument stands in front of City Hall on Laurier Avenue.
  10. place de la confederationNational War Memorial
    • This giant monument is located in the center of Confederation Square. King George VI dedicated the monument called Response in 1939.
    • It originally commemorated fallen Canadians from the First World War (1914-1918). In 1982, we honored soldiers from the Second World War (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953). Then in 2014, we also honored those who participated in the Boer War (1899-1902) and in Afghanistan (2001-2014).
    • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier appeared in 2000 in front of the memorial.

There are many other monuments and statues on Parliament Hill, and elsewhere throughout Ottawa. We invite you to try our Ottawa Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-hour self-guided walking tour of the downtown area that you do with your smartphone (how it works). It costs $35 for a group of 2 to 6 persons. You’ll come across most of these monuments and much more. Moreover, you’ll enjoy solving the various challenges at each step of the way while learning the history of Ottawa.

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