Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa

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Explore the imposing Supreme Court of Canada, the highest court in the Canadian legal system. Take a free tour to see how the country's judicial system operates and how cases of public importance are dealt with. You can also take the opportunity to sit in on hearings, but be prepared for rigorous security checks upon entry. See Supreme Court of Canada and all Ottawa has to offer by arranging your trip with our Ottawa trip builder.
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  • August 13, 2017
    We really enjoyed our tour of the Supreme Court of Canada. Our tour guide was great, well-spoken, and provided us with a lot of information. It was not only interesting to see the Supreme Court, but w...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    As a Canadian and someone who studied criminology briefly in university it was really interesting to see the Supreme Court of Canada. You have to take a tour. There is one every hour. Although I knew ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    This tour was pretty interesting, they had little videos to watch and the tour guide was knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Highly recommend stopping in for a tour!  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    My dad used to work here and he told me there's a very old horse fossil sliced into a piece of marble, hidden somewhere . Have you ever explored the park behind the Supreme Court? It's my secret garden. Best view for any downtown fireworks (Symphony of Lights in August, Canada Day)
  • June 5, 2017
    The tours mostly focus on the structure of the building, rather than the legalities of it. The line was very long, especially in the rain. Nothing much gained from going here, nothing much learnt. There are basically three sections, the federal court, the Supreme Court, and the judges gallery. Everything together will be about half an hour. Skip it to have more time for seeing other parts of the city.
  • May 23, 2017
    As you visit the mint and parliment you must visit the supreme court and enjoy your free tour.
  • March 19, 2017
    The tours are really informative and teach you a lot about how the judicial system works in Canada. The building itself is also really impressive.
  • July 3, 2017
    Nice short tour, giving an architectural, historical and political history of the court.

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