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Library and Archives Canada

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Address: 395 Wellington St. | at Bay, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N4, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-992-9988
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The largest library in Canada with more than 10 million publications.

The largest library in Canada with more than 10 million publications.

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Nice exhibits

I am not sure is for tourists. It is a repository of Canadian heritage and history, you can find information about your ancestry and consult the Canadian Archives. There are also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Ottawa
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Ottawa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am not sure is for tourists. It is a repository of Canadian heritage and history, you can find information about your ancestry and consult the Canadian Archives. There are also books in many languages. It is hosting nice exhibits sometimes interesting but sometimes a full waste of time.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

I know this place chiefly as an excellent resource for researchers, but this time I visited it because of an exhibition about Canadian comic books and graphic novels, from the Second World War to the present. It is nicely organized, though more could have been said about the reason where comic books in this country had their origin, namely the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

Was very disappointing, took a cab to get here then leave 15 minutes later. Was no what we thought maybe that's our fault by their website had no information either

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Cut another destination off our trip to visit here and was very disappointed, Metis Exhibit? It was a few pictures and sentences nothing you couldn't see at a High School doing a Metis Exhibition

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Thank Matthew T
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

Went in and security at front desk told us unless we had a research request there was no where we could go but on the main floor and there really was nothing to see. Not sure why it's advertised if you cannot go in?

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Adelaide, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

I was hoping to just see the reading room at the archives but was told that since there were no records there - just tables and chairs - that I should not bother registering for the visit. I should have planned ahead to at least see if there are displays or finding aids.

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Thank Tamara W
Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

I don't think you are able to view records now as they have been sent out to be transfer to digital. To hold the very papers my Grandfather held in 1917 was amazing. A memory to treasure forever. We did have them photocopy all the papers for us. This is a very good for research. Very clean and staff very... More 

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Florenceville-Bristol, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Looked up family history on the 3rd floor then browsed through pictures on the 2nd. Very helpful staff. Free pass is good for 2 years.

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2014

I discovered this library with its archives one afternoon when my wife and I were wandering westward on Wellington toward the Supreme Court. She had visited this place earlier but now it was my turn to look inside and visit this huge collection of documents central to so much of Canadian history. I was curious to know if the archives... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014

I should be noted that the National Archives of Canada building cannot be visited. It is not open to the general public. If you are a researcher or a specialist doing research on a specific topic you can contact the National Archives who will review your request and assign a specific time for you to come and do your research... More 

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