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Bytown Museum, Ottawa

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At Bytown Museum, learn more about the history and construction of the Rideau Canal, as well as Ottawa's formative years. Opened in 1832, the canal connected the Ontario cities of Ottawa and Kingston--a precautionary measure in the event of a war with the United States. The ease of access between the cities would theoretically open up tactical waterways for ferrying infantry and cargo; today, it exists mainly as a leisurely boating canal. Take an informative guided tour to enhance your visit with stories and insight. Add Bytown Museum and other attractions to your Ottawa trip itinerary using our Ottawa sightseeing planner.
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  • This place is a nice little museum that can be visited under 1 hour. In fact, the audioguide (free with entrance fee) lasts about 45 minutes and covers everything contained in the museum (except for t...  more »
  • We had intended to visit the Museum to learn more about the locks and its history; We were there around 3 pm and found it closed, come so far to find it closed on a schedule that according to era of operations, a pity.
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  • We had good weather and were very curious about this museum. We went for a long walk around the Parliament Buildings and took in the Bytown Museum. I couldn't believe how big it was and all the histor...  more »
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  • The Bytown Museum is a very nice accompaniment to the Rideau Canal. While definitely not a must-see, for a very small price you can get an in-depth history of the Canal and Ottawa. It's easy to spend at least an hour here with many well-preserved artifacts and interesting videos, despite the small building. As a tourist, it was great to learn more about the capital of Canada during my trip.
  • A cozy museum at the heart of Ottawa's history nestled along the locks at the confluence of the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River.
  • The staff were so kind! Really put a smile on my face! Thank you so much for all your help to the staff on duty at 2:30pm June 19th. -Skateboarder
  • Everyone one is very knowledgeable & quick to answer questions. A great museum for the whole family.
  • A fun little learning experience of the Ottawa valley's origins.

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For the best access to restaurants and shops, stay in the historic central neighborhood of ByWard Market, where you can choose from a range of comfortable hotels. Options also abound just south of the canal in Centretown, where you can enjoy easy access to the best attractions in Ottawa. You can explore the city's diverse heritage by staying in one of its many cultural hubs--Chinatown, Little Italy, and Quartier Vanier offer a distinctive taste of China, Italy, and France respectively.
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