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Confederation Square, Ottawa

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Confederation Square is an urban square in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and is considered the second most important ceremonial centre in Canada's capital city, after Parliament Hill. Roughly triangular in area, with Canada's National War Memorial at its centre and the Valiants Memorial at its periphery, the square is bounded by Wellington Street to the north and branches of Elgin Street to the east and west.The square was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984. Confederation Square's importance is due not only to its central location in Ottawa and its status as a rare Canadian example of a City Beautiful-inspired square, but also arises from the landmark buildings that frame the square: the Ch√Ęteau Laurier, the Government Conference Centre, the National Arts Centre, the Central Chambers, the Scottish Ontario Chambers, the Central Post Office, the Langevin Block and the East Block. Part of the square crosses over the Rideau Canal, itself a National Historic Site of Canada and a World Heritage Site.
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  • Unless you need to stop and refresh yourself, sitting on a park bench, you really only need to spend a few minutes here. There are some interesting statues and the one totem pole along with a fountain...  more »
  • Every hour there is a changing of the two guards, complete with inspection and bagpipes. The somber mood giving honor to the Canadian soldiers who died in each of the wars as well as the Unknown Soldi...  more »
  • With everything to see and do in Ottawa, this is a super spot to sit on one of the many benches and catch one's breath. And, various statues with story lines will augment your knowledge of Canadian hi...  more »

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