About Canada's capital

Canada's Capital belongs to all Canadians.

Visitors here find a reflection of who they are, as well as an insight into the life of our country. They leave with a deeper understanding of Canada and Canadians. From Parliament Hill to the national museums, the symbols are rich and varied, and they highlight many aspects of the Canadian experience.

The Capital represents the seat of our government, a place of national heritage and history, as well as the cultural showcase of our nation. In addition, it is Canada's face to the world, a place where we celebrate our achievements.

As well as serving as headquarters for most government departments and agencies, the Capital is the site of national institutions that shape, define and communicate the Canadian way of life (politically, legally, fiscally and culturally).

It is the headquarters of many important international agencies and a place where Canada connects to the world. Here also, Canadians can discover their place in the global community.

This modern and vibrant capital is home to many national treasures. But its soul lies in the heritage buildings and landscapes, the sense of history, the larger-than-life monuments, the natural surroundings and the great Canadian festivals.

This is where you'll discover what it means to be Canadian.

A Place of National Celebrations and Commemorations

All year long, Canada's Capital is alive with a wide range of national celebrations and commemorations. The Capital is Canada's meeting place; it communicates the rich and diverse nature of our country to all Canadians, as well as to visitors from around the world.

Canada Day festivities are part of national celebrations that bind together all Canadians, from coast to coast to coast. And Canadian winters are the perfect reason to celebrate, with Winterlude.

Each summer, the Northern Lights sound and light show celebrates our nation's past accomplishments and bright future.

Activities are hosted throughout the year, in the region's parks and green spaces, on Parliament Hill, and along Confederation Boulevard and throughout the heart of the Capital.

A Capital Learning Experience

The Capital is also an exciting outdoor classroom — and our programs and initiatives allow students to discover all that it has to offer. Whether walking in the footsteps of great Canadians on Parliament Hill, photographing friends in front of Canada's national monuments or pausing to reflect at the National War Memorial, students who participate in our programs will enjoy memorable learning experiences.

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