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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. Plan your Bytown Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ottawa using our Ottawa vacation generator.
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  • Interesting Museum located next to the locks of the Rideau Canal is the building of stone most ancient of the city.
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  • We visited on the day Ottawa finally thawed out.charmingly welcomed we loved this great insight into Canada's and Ottawa's history For just $4.50 including a multi lingual audio tour this was a great ...  more »
  • Finally visited this wondeful museum the other day! Even though it is small it has lots of historic information all about the history of Ottawa and includes some Canadian history as well! There are a ...  more »
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  • A great little museum. Gave a good history of the area that I didn't know about (I'm just visiting Canada). The exhibit on the parliament fires is really interesting too. Well worth a visit. Entry is cheap and it takes about an hour or two to get around.
  • Provides a great history of Ottawa. The location is fun to get to, you need to walk down by the locks. The kids enjoyed it more than I expected, especially the top floor where they got to see how a child lived back then.
  • Nice & Simple atmosphere. Reasonable prices. Great sandwiches with good assortment of ice cream & freshly quizzed summer lemonade.
  • pretty small museum which actually packs a lot of punch, there's a few floors to this pretty building and it's located along the path of the rideau canal :D
  • It is not a very big museum. I don't know if it would be worth the price of admission. However, in the summer, it is free on Thursdays after 5pm. At that price it was worth it and it is by the locks which is always fun to watch.