Confederation Square Tours and Activities
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Confederation Square is a triangular plaza wedged between Wellington Street and Elgin Street right in front of Parliament Hill. It is a planned urban space that was, together with the National War Memorial, officially completed around 1939. The big granite memorial sits at the very center of the square and was originally a tribute to the Canadians who fought in World War One, but has since become more of a symbol of all Canadians serving the country in times of war. Bronze soldiers, including infantry, nurses, dispatch riders and many more regiments and corps portray “The Response” under the big granite arch, the heroic sacrifices made by Canada. They are watched over by two figures representing peace and freedom mounted on the top of the arch.
Located at Confederation Square and right in front of the National War Memorial is also the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a second monument that holds the remains of an unidentified soldier fallen during the First World War in France. The remains of the soldier were set to rest with full military honors and the tomb in form of a sarcophagus is in turn intended to honor the 116,000 Canadians who died or will die in past, present and even future conflicts. The square has become an important ceremonial center in Ottawa and was eventually named a National Historic Site of Canada.
Confederation Square is located in the center of Ottawa, just a bit to the west of Parliament Hill. It’s easy to get there with one of the public busses, as a number of them make a stop in the area. The closest stations are Elgis/Queen serviced by bus numbers 4 and 14 as well as Wellington/Metcalfe, where bus numbers 1, 2, 7, 9 and 12 make a stop.
Address: Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5A4, Canada
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Confederation Square
Are you planning a visit to Ottawa? Our tourist treasure hunt will take you from Chateau Laurier to the Supreme Court and the Byward Market, passing by the Parliament Hill of course! You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination and earn points. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you. t takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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