Go to the heart of Canada’s Capital by visiting Confederation Boulevard, the Capital's ceremonial and discovery route.
Where is Confederation Boulevard?
Confederation Boulevard is a series of streets that, together, make up a grand route around the centre of Ottawa and Gatineau. The Boulevard is made of three parts:
- Central loop: Crosses the Ottawa River to encircle the downtown cores of Ottawa and Gatineau. Some of Canada's most important institutions, heritage sites, monuments and festival plazas are here.
- North-eastern section: Follows Sussex Street, passing through the Capital’s international sector to Rideau Hall, the residence of Canada’s governor general.
- Southern section: Provides a grand approach along Elgin Street to the National War Memorial.
The Sights of Confederation Boulevard
Enjoy a stroll along Confederation Boulevard, home to many of the Capital’s attractions. Along the route you will see:
Key Attractions and Historic Sites
Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, 24 Sussex, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Arts Centre (NAC), and more. Save on museum admissions and NAC performances with the Canada’s Capital Museums Passport.
Monuments and Public Art
Many of the Capital’s stunning monuments and public art are located along Confederation Boulevard. Bring a StreetSmArt guide and your smart phone to scan QR codes and you’ll have a fountain of information on hand.
Green Spaces and Waterways
The centre of the Capital holds many green spaces, which are both havens of nature and the setting for major celebrations. Along Confederation Boulevard you’ll see Confederation Park, Major’s Hill Park, Nepean Point, and Jacques-Cartier Park, as well as scenic recreational paths. There are also many stunning views over the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Throughout the year there are splashes of colour along Confederation Boulevard.
- In spring, thousands of tulips brighten the streets during the annual tulip festival.
- Every summer, hundreds of colourful banners celebrate Canada’s provinces and territories and important events in Canadian history.
- In the fall, enjoy the brilliant coloured leaves of the Boulevard’s many trees.
- In winter, the Boulevard is lit with thousands of coloured lights for Christmas Lights Across Canada.
Ceremonies and Parades
Confederation Boulevard is the route that foreign dignitaries and the Royal Family use during their visits. On summer days you can watch the changing of the guard parade by en route to Parliament Hill. Each November, crowds gather on Confederation Boulevard for the Capital’s Remembrance Day ceremony.
Maps and Guides to Confederation Boulevard
Before you go, be sure to get copies of the Confederation Boulevard maps and guides for suggested tour routes and self-guided walking tours. You can download and print them (see the “Maps and Publications” box), or visit the Capital Information Kiosk for free print copies.
Along the Boulevard, you will also find 3-D bronze maps, info-map columns and roving interpretation officers. There are also many interpretation panels along the route.
If you have a smart phone, keep an eye open for QR codes, which you can scan for additional information and audio clips.