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Changing of the Guard:
During the summer, Parliament Hill hosts the daily Changing the Guard ceremony, a military tradition dating back to the 19th century. The biggest day of the year is July 1 when tens of thousands flood Parliament Hill and Confederation Boulevard for Canada Day celebrations.

Most summer evenings, "Reflections of Canada: A Symphony of Sound and Light", which vividly narrates the emotional story of the building of a nation, unfolds on the lawns in front of the Center Block; the show is offered in both English and French.

In the months of December and January, Parliament Hill, Confederation Boulevard and the downtown area are ablaze with a dazzling display of lights forming a symbolic link of similar Christmas Lights displays in other provincial and territorial capitals, as part of the National Capital Commission's "Christmas Lights Across Canada" program.

Canada Aviation Museum
11 Aviation Parkway, 993-2010
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays till 9 p.m.
Admission charged.
Free on Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Daily 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
Take a stroll down the Walkway of Time in this massive building, which houses one of the world's best collections of vintage aircraft. In addition to getting an up-close look at aircraft from different eras, visitors will hear some remarkable tales, from the adventures of Canadian bush pilots to the controversy surrounding the Avro Arrow project to the contributions made by women in wartime. Sit at the controls of a Cessna, 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:15 p.m. Wind-tunnel demonstrations, 10:30 a.m.
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Canadian Museum of Nature
240 MacLeod St.
566-4700
9:30 - 5. Thursdays till 8.
Admission charged. Children under 3: Free. Free on Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
As you walk through the front doors of the castle-like Victoria Memorial Museum building, you will come face-to-face with a replica of the 70-million year-old Daspletosaurus torosus, a dinosaur that once lived in what is now Alberta. The stone heritage building houses one of the world's largest natural history collections, covering four billion years of Earth history.

Children will enjoy the Creepy Critters Gallery containing a variety of live insects, rodents and reptiles. The Finders and Keepers exhibit includes more than 400 specimens, from the enormous (such as a giraffe skeleton) to the microscopic (fleas and lice). Learn why the barren-ground caribou is so sure-footed in the snow in the Mammals in Canada gallery, where dioramas capture a moment in the life of Canada's mammals.

Test your bird-identifying skills and find out more about seasonal migration patterns in the Birds in Canada gallery. The Animals in Nature gallery shows how pollutants have caused a decline in the number of predatory species such as the peregrine falcon. See how bees make honey or find out why Japanese companies are pumping the fresh scent of lemons into the workplace in the Plant Life and Nature's Pharmacy exhibits.

Take an elevator ride beneath the surface of the Earth to visit a gold mine, and find out why gold is so valuable in the Mineral Gallery, where you can also board a time machine that will take you back to the origins of Earth and the forces that have shaped it. See a new replica of the chasmosaur or go digging for dinosaur fossils in the Life through the Ages gallery
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Canadian Museum of Civilization
100 Laurier St.
776-7000
May 1 to June 30: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., open Thursdays till 9 p.m. (Children's Museum till 7 p.m.) July 1 to Sept. 3: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays till 9 p.m.
Admission charged. Museum Admission free on Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., half-price on Sundays.
Guided tours of permanent or special exhibitions offered daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Audio guides are also available for some exhibitions. The Grand Hall was built in the shape of an enormous canoe. Architect Douglas Cardinal was inspired by a native myth about the raven's magic canoe, which could shrink to the size of a pine needle or expand to hold the entire universe. The building also houses the Canadian Children's Museum, and an IMAX theater. The Museum of Civilization is the country's largest and most visited museum. The Grand Hall is the centerpiece of the museum. Learn about the people of British Columbia's north coast the Haida, Tsimshian, Tlingit and Nisga'a. Or trace the history of the Coast Salish, the largest First Nations group in B.C. The hall is marked by several stunning totem poles and six Pacific Coast Indian house facades and a forest backer.
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Central Experimental Farm
At Experimental Farm Drive and Prince of Wales Drive
(613/991-3044)
and 2 - 3:30pm.
Admission charged.
May to early October, you can ride in wagons drawn by brawny Clydesdales, weather permitting, Monday to Friday 10 -11:30am. In winter there are sleigh rides. March to October, the agricultural museum, barns, and tropical greenhouse are open daily 9 - 5; November to February, except Christmas and New Year's Day, the barns and tropical greenhouse are open daily 9 - 4, but the museum's exhibits are closed. With 1,200 acres, it qualifies as the largest green space in the Ottawa region.Though now surrounded by suburban Ottawa, the farm has livestock barns housing various breeds of cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep, and horses. Milking time is 4pm. The greenhouses shelter a noted chrysanthemum show every November, and there are also an ornamental flower garden and an arboretum with 2,000 varieties of trees and shrubs

Canada Agriculture Museum
Prince of Wales Dr. at Experimental Farm Dr.
Ottawa
(613) 991-3053
9 - 5
Admission charged. Call ahead for group rates and tours.
Learn how grain is made into flour and bread, or help collect chicken eggs in the Poultry House. With cows, pigs, sheep, horses, chickens and rabbits, the Agriculture Museum is a working farm that celebrates Canada's agricultural heritage, located on the grounds of the Central Experimental Farm.
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Canada Science and Technology Museum
1867 St Laurent Blvd
(613) 991-3044
Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission charged. Free Admission during the last hour.
If the energy stored in a jar of peanut butter were transformed into oil or electricity, it could heat a house for several hours or drive a car 10 kilometres at high speed? That's just one of the many things you'll discover here. A lighthouse, a locomotive and rocket are located in the Technology Park in front of the museum. Interactive and hands-on activities.

Permanent exhibitions: Love, Leisure and Laundry explores the evolution of household technology. Canada In Space explores this country's scientific and technical feats in the space program. Includes a full-scale model of the Canadarm. Visitors can climb aboard steam locomotives in the Locomotive Hall. From telephones to radio to the Internet, Connexions explores all facets of communications technology and their impact on our lives. Beautiful antique cars are showcased in the More than a Machine exhibition, featuring vehicles from the 1900s to the 1930sSee if you can keep your balance in the Crazy Kitchen.
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Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park Visitor Center
318 Meech Lake Rd.
Old Chelsea, PQ J0X 1N0
819/827-2020
Across the river in Québec, north of Hull. Only 1.9 miles from Parliament lie 88,000 acres of woodland and lakes named after explorer Nicolas Gatineau of Trois-Rivières. The park was inaugurated in 1938, when the federal government bought land in the Gatineau Hills to stop forest destruction. Black bear, timber wolf, otter, marten, and raccoon are joined by white-tailed deer, beaver, and more than 100 species of birds. Also resident, but rarely glimpsed, are lynx and wolverines.

Park facilities include 90 miles of hiking trails and supervised swimming beaches. Fee for vehicle access; fees to beach areas. You can rent boats (canoes, kayaks, and rowboats) at Lac Philippe and Lac la Pêche. Call 819/456-3555 for reservations. Most lakes can be fished (if it's not allowed, it's posted). A Québec license is required and can be obtained at many convenience stores around the park.

Storyland Family Park
Storyland Road (RR #5), off Route 17 about 6 miles northwest of Renfrew
613/432-2222
Admission charged.
Early June to mid-September daily 9:30 - 6.
Features a puppet theater, paddleboats, minigolf, a petting zoo, and more.



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