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Three museums in one day? Never fear: it's a challenge, but it can be done! Do you like to learn? Are you curious by nature? Discover the magnificent National Gallery of Canada, which houses the world's largest collection of Canadian art as well as an impressive collection of American and European art, both classic and contemporary. Next, take the electric-powered Aqua-Taxi water shuttle to the Canadian Museum of History, on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. Save money with a combo ticket that includes admission to your next stop, the Canadian War Museum. Finally, relax over a glass of wine at Soif wine bar in Gatineau.

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380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9N4

See Canada’s visual arts treasures within the lively Ottawa ByWard Market. Discover the remarkable stories that have shaped this country in the completely reinvented Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Love photography? You won’t want to miss the Gallery’s new Canadian Photography Institute. If the great masters are more your style, the Gallery is your destination for the country’s finest collection of European art. For 2019, special exhibitions include Gauguin: Portraits and the Indingenous Quinquennial. Come celebrate creativity at one of Canada’s most impressive landmarks.

9 km
After your visit, walk to the Ottawa Locks at the head of the Rideau Canal, and admire the spectacular views as you make your way to the Aqua-Taxi stop beside the locks.
100 Laurier Street
Gatineau (Québec) K1A0M8

The 100% electric Aqua-Taxi provides a shuttle service between the Ottawa docks (next to locks behind the Château Laurier), the dock at the Canadian Museum of History and Richmond landing near the Canadian War Museum.. The Aqua-Taxi also offers a discovery route, "On the Path of Samuel de Champlain." It is an original and very different way of travelling between Ottawa or the Canadian Museum of History and the Casino du Lac-Leamy. On the way you will have multiple opportunities to take memorable photographs as you cruise the Ottawa River on a comfortable and quiet boat. The captain will be happy to point out and famous landmarks along the way, such as the residence of the Prime Minister, Rideau Falls and many more.. Universal accessibility and space for bicycles.

3 km
The Aqua-Taxi will drop you on the Quebec side of the river, a short walk from the Canadian Museum of History. Notice Montreal artist Louis Archambault's sculptures, created for Expo 67 and now installed on the Museum grounds.
100 Laurier Street
Gatineau (Québec) K1A 0M8

Breathtaking setting. Majestic architecture. Fascinating exhibitions. Welcome to Canada’s national museum of history, exploring this country’s rich cultural heritage, including the outstanding achievements of First Peoples. Visit the Canadian History Hall, our new signature exhibition, where evidence of the past tells a tale as vast and varied as the land itself. Through authentic artifacts and fascinating stories, visitors come face to face with the events, movements and personalities that have shaped this country. Tour our many special exhibitions, be a kid again at the Children’s Museum and live the ultimate cinema experience at the CINE +.

2 km
A short walk takes you to the impressive Canadian War Museum, on the Ottawa side. Stop along the way to admire the river views!
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0M8

Canada's rich military history is showcased through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world. Rest and reflect in Memorial Hall. Discover the Museum's fascinating architectural theme, and chat with a veteran to let history come alive.

17 km
Soif wine bar in Gatineau is owned by internationally renowned sommelière Véronique Rivest. A treat for your taste buds!
88 Montcalm Street
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2L7

Worldly renowned sommelier Véronique Rivest invites you to her wine bar in Old Hull. On the menu: many discoveries from bubbly to wine!