Insider's Guide to Ottawa

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  • Address: 60 Guiges Avenue
  • Admission: Free

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Ottawa Notre Dame Basilica (Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame)

Ottawa’s Roman Catholic Notre Dame Basilica is the largest and oldest church in the city, dating back to 1839.

The building has a somewhat austere exterior, but the interior is rich in color and detail. Built in Gothic style, the building is topped with a pair of slender spires and features large stained-glass windows.

Inside, the long central nave is lined with pointed Gothic arches topped with terraced galleries. The nave runs to the semi-circular sanctuary with its blue painted ceiling, ribbed vaults and carved altars.

Pop in to admire the sculptures and painted detail, or take a guided tour. Church services are held in both French and English.

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Ottawa’s Notre Dame Basilica is off Sussex Drive near Alexandra Bridge, around a 15-minute walk north of downtown Ottawa.

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Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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See all the sights of Ottawa on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Canada's capital city. You'll learn about the history of the region from your bilingual tour ...  Read more

Location: Ottawa, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $31.73

Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

Experience the thrills of Ottawa and Gatineau from both land and water on an amphibious vehicle tour of Canada’s capital city. Board an “amphibus” to see ...  Read more

Location: Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $31.73

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