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Exploring Ottawa's Capital: Captivating Historical Moments

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The Capital of Canada boasts a history full of significant moments that have shaped the nation’s rich heritage. As you walk the streets of this city, there’s a story around almost every corner.

In this article, we’ll take a tour of the pivotal people and events in Ottawa’s history that have left a mark on the city’s landscape.

The Founding of Bytown: Major’s Hill Park

Our journey begins with the founding of Bytown—the name that came before the City of Ottawa. In 1826, Lieutenant Colonel John By, a British military engineer, was in charge of constructing the Rideau Canal to secure a safe supply route between Montreal and the Great Lakes. Bytown, named in his honour, emerged as the settlement at the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River junction.

To immerse yourself in this historical feat, head to Major’s Hill Park. This greenspace overlooking the Ottawa River offers a breathtaking view of the city—and it’s where John By’s residence once stood.

The Rideau Canal: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

View of Rideau Canal from a bike path.

The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its remarkable engineering, construction efforts, and overall historical importance as a military project. Its structure helped secure supply routes and ensure Canada’s defence during periods of conflict.

Today, the Rideau Canal is a picturesque waterway that winds through Ottawa, allowing visitors to explore its historical significance and natural beauty. 

Confederation and Parliament Hill: Centre Block

Our next stop takes us to the heart of the city, where the Confederation of Canada was born. In 1867, the British North America Act united the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia into the Dominion of Canada, and Ottawa was chosen as the capital. The grand vision of Confederation found its physical embodiment in the construction of the iconic Centre Block of Parliament Hill.

Today, the Centre Block on Parliament Hill houses the Senate, House of Commons, Library of Parliament, and the Peace Tower. These structures are a symbol of Canadian democracy and unity. They represent the heart of the nation. 

The Laurier House: Home of Visionary Leaders

Image of Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Laurier House, nestled in the neighbourhood of Sandy Hill, offers a glimpse into the lives and legacies of two influential Canadian leaders, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King. 

As Canada’s seventh Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier served for 15 years and was known for his progressive policies, including expanding civil liberties, promoting bilingualism, and fostering unity between English and French Canadians. 

William Lyon Mackenzie King served as Prime Minister for 22 years, from 1921 to 1948, and is renowned for his leadership during critical moments like World War II and the Great Depression.

Visiting Laurier House allows you to step back in time and explore visionary leaders’ living quarters, offices, and personal artifacts. You’ll gain insight into the political landscape of their respective eras and their roles in shaping the nation’s identity.

Whether you just moved to Ottawa or are thinking about visiting, check out our blog at CLV Group for more resources and insights about our Capital City!