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Boasting the magnificence of Victorian Gothic sandstone, Parliamentary Buildings of Ottawa form imposing sight. These buildings are perched on a 50-meter high hill overlooking the Ottawa River. Located at the back of the building opposite the entrance is the Parliamentary Library that is beautifully furnished octagon. One can explore the historic Central Block through free guided tours and can also attend the question period when the government is in session. The grounds of Parliamentary Buildings include a number of sculptures and there is a beautiful grassed area.
Connecting the city with Kingston on Lake Ontario, Rideau Canal is a 200-kilometer-long canal. During summers, this canal and locks serve as active waterway. In winters, the canal gets frozen and becomes a recreational area for skating and celebrating festivals. Located on the banks of this canal, Chateau Laurier is an imposing building and a prime example of the significant contribution of Canadian railroad companies in adding the striking landmarks across the country.
National Gallery of Canada
An excellent place to visit for art lovers, National Gallery of Canada is an ultra-modern gallery designed by Moshe Safdie. It is architectural gem boasting prism-like glass towers echoing the lines of the Parliament Buildings located in proximity. National Gallery of Canada puts on show aboriginal art, Canadian art, European Impressionist art, and a number of temporary exhibits.
Canadian War Museum
Located besides Ottawa River, Canadian War Museum is a modern museum exploring the military history of the country through exhibits and artifacts on show. The museum covers wars that were fought on the Canadian soil. It also encompasses the items belonging to other wars in which Canadian forces took part in. Canadian War Museum also makes visitors learn about the Canadian contribution to the First and Second World Wars.