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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 Château 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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  • This park is a busy spot throughout the year. Used for many of the City of Ottawa's festivals - it has a beautiful fountain in the centre, with monuments within the park but not obtrusive. There is a ...  more »
  • A beautiful park that is located in front of Ottawa City Hall. Many squirrels climbing trees and crossing the roads can be seen. There is also a beautiful fountain that adorn the Park and a very representative of this country Totem. At this time in autumn Canadian trees in the Park lend themselves enough to get some good cards.
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  • Small but very beautiful park, excellent maintenance and many trees, very close to the Parliament buildings. Has a central fountain pretty much too, plus a totem well already. A little later, in the direction of the Rideau Canal, across from the exciting city hall and Ottawa (which has a few bells in front-would have a church in there?? I don't know.) has a memorial to Canadian firefighters, simple, but a rare public tribute to these life-saving professionals worldwide.
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