Plan your class field trip to the capital

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Tour the Capital!

Let Canada’s Capital inspire your students!

Give your students the opportunity to experience what they learn in class. While visiting Ottawa you’ll find a great mix of inspiring and entertaining educational programs that take place both indoors and out. All programs are offered in English or French, and will meet all your grade and curriculum requirements.

Exploring the Capital is a unique Canadian experience!

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Before your trip to Ottawa

Your Visit to Canada’s Capital, our curriculum-rich pre-visit resource, is exactly what you need to get your students excited about their upcoming trip!

This resource features three engaging and easy-to-do learning activities that will:

  • get your students talking about the Capital, and
  • help them connect what they have learned in the classroom to what they will experience on their trip.

Canadian governance: Justice, democracy and security

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Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum

Go back in time to the 1960s and the Cold War. Take a guided tour of the site built to house the Canadian government and military officials in the event of a nuclear attack…

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Parliament of Canada

Take your students to visit the heart of Canadian democracy. Parliament welcomes school groups for guided tours of the Centre Block…

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Rideau Hall, Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada

Students learn about the role and responsibilities of the governor general, on a guided tour of the historic residence and beautiful grounds…

Royal Canadian Mint

Royal Canadian Mint

During a tour of the Ottawa Mint, your class will learn how coins are made, and how the designs on coins reflect the diversity of Canadians…

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Supreme Court of Canada

Take a guided tour, and give your students the opportunity to learn about Canada’s highest court and important legal issues. Your students may even participate in a mock trial.

Outdoor classroom: History, nature and physical activity

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Capital Throwback Machine

Student teams, equipped with an activity map, complete challenges that compare the capital’s past with its present in this self-guided exploration of Ottawa.

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Click! Photo Treasure Hunt

Learn about Capital symbols and treasures, while taking photos and sightseeing in Ottawa. This fun program, co-developed by youth, is offered in...

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Gatineau Park

Explore the natural wonders of Gatineau Park with qualified nature interpreters. Various free and curriculum-based programs take place in the Park…

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Mackenzie King Estate (Gatineau Park)

Discover this unique heritage site and cultural landscape, while learning about William Lyon Mackenzie King’s legacy. Visit the Mackenzie King...

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Mission: Capital

This self-guided adventure sends you back in time to learn about the people, places and events that helped to build the capital of our country.

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Northern Lights: The sound and light show on Parliament Hill

Experience an unforgettable journey of sound and light! This powerful narrative presents Canada through the eyes of its people, set against the...

Ottawa Walking Tours

Ottawa Walking Tours

Escape the classroom and explore Ottawa by foot with this series of engaging walking tours through the downtown core.

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Parliament Hill: Discover the Hill

This curriculum-based activity takes place on the grounds of Parliament Hill, where monuments and symbols bring to life the rich history of our...

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Winterlude

A fantastic opportunity for your students to learn about Canadian winter traditions, while participating in fun-filled activities. Pull on your hat...

Exploring Canada’s heritage: Museums in the Capital

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Bytown Museum

Discover the history of the city at the Bytown Museum, which presents objects and stories from Ottawa’s first inhabitants to the present day…

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Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Discover the importance of science and technology in agriculture and food on a working farm! Dynamic, hands-on educational programs bring school...

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Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Discover the wonder of flight, through our unique collection of aircraft. Students learn about air travel, science and technology, and history...

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Canadian Museum of History

The museum encourages students to deepen their understanding of the people, places and events that have shaped Canada…

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Canadian Museum of Nature

Canada is all about nature, and no trip to Ottawa is complete without a visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature, where you will discover...

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Canadian War Museum

Students will expand their knowledge of the conflicts that have shaped our country, while exploring the personal, national and international...

Laurier House

Laurier House National Historic Site

Explore the lavishly furnished home of two Canadian prime ministers and get to know them on your guided tour. Learn how Laurier and King…

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National Gallery of Canada

Students learn to observe and make personal connections with works of art in the national collection. The National Gallery of Canada is...

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