Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
1218 Pembroke St. East
Pembroke, ON K8A 7R9
Phone: (613) 732-4222
Fax: (613) 963-9647
1218 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke, ON, CA, K8A 7R9
- Phone: (613) 732-4222
- Fax: (613) 963-9647
Arts & Museums
Perhaps Canada's greatest artifact of the Cold War, this 30 square kilometer (100,000 square foot) bunker is located less than an hour west of Ottawa in Carp. It was constructed at the height of nuclear tensions between 1959 and 1961, and named after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Built on springs to absorb explosive shockwaves, the bunker can accommodate more than 500 people for 30 days. Presently a museum, this National Historic Site offers its visitors a peek inside the government rooms and living quarters.
OWAA Gallery is the stand alone gallery of the Ottawa West Arts Association which was opened in 2008. The aim is to promote a love for the visual arts among Toronto's people by regularly offering interesting exhibitions and holding interactive events to increase engagement. Artists and artisans have found that this is a great space to hang out and meet similar-minded people. Art-related workshops are frequently organized for the general public as well as art enthusiasts so call ahead for more details on those.
Born in 1972, Patrick John Mills is one of the youngest contemporary artists to have a gallery named after him. A turbulent childhood led him to a life of seclusion where he sought refuge in sleepless nights of painting. Having exhibited his works and even poetry in America and Europe, his gallery in Ottawa now houses some of his most stunning works. The sculpture garden is a beauty so have a stroll through it on your way out.
Visitors to this one-of-a-kind museum are given passports, which they can stamp as they go on an interactive tour through a series of exhibits representing different regions of the world. Activities include playing African musical instruments, decoding hieroglyphics in a miniature pyramid, shopping in an international marketplace and constructing a Balinese shadow puppet.
This museum features artifacts, paintings and interactive displays that bring Canadian history to life. Permanent exhibits include the Canada Hall, a dome that highlights Canada's history through film, Face to Face, where you can learn about the achievements of Canadian greats, and the Grand Hall, which features the cultural history of Canada's first people. It also houses an IMAX theater and Canadian Children's Museum. Both require an additional admission fee. It is also a member of Canada's Capital Museums Passport program, a package that includes admission to 10 museums for a seven day period. Check the website for hours and other details.
This museum was established to commemorate the men and women of Canada's armed forces. The museum's mandate is to advance the study of Canada's military history, including the effects of war and conflict on the nation and its citizens. Within its walls are a number of artifacts and exhibits portraying Canada's military history from its earliest days along with Vimy House, the Museum's collections and research facility.
Whether you're searching for your family history or doing a serious research project, you'll find yourself fascinated by Canadian archival heritage. Founded in 1872 to preserve Canadian history, these archives house millions of government records, text, photographs, films, maps and much more. Helpful research services will help in finding the information that you are after, including instructions for tracing your family history. Some archives need to be ordered a few days ahead of time and you have to register with the admissions desk on your first visit.
Arguably the most beautiful structure in the nation's capital, and certainly a spectacular addition to Ottawa's skyline, the Gallery was designed by Moshe Safdie and completed in 1988. After entering the building, visitors proceed up a long, glass concourse with a vaulted ceiling that leads to the Great Hall. From the hall, visitors can access the gallery's many rooms, each based on an artistic style or period. Pieces include works by masters such as Pissarro, Gustav Klimt and Rembrandt. Admission to the permanent collection is free.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the evolution of money and the monetary system during a visit to this somewhat quirky museum, situated on the ground floor of the Bank of Canada building on Sparks Street. Displays focus not only on Canadian currencies, but also on those of the entire world; a highlight is a giant circular stone once used as legal tender on Yap Island in the South Pacific.
This museum is situated beside the six locks that make up the entrance to the Canal Rideau. It takes 20-30 minutes to tour the small building, which houses artifacts from the 1830s construction of the canal. Through displays and panels, the museum tells the story of the canal's architect and city founding father Lieutenant Colonel John By. It is Ottawa's oldest stone building and dates from 1827.
The Portrait Gallery of Canada is a collection of art pieces that are specialized in portraiture. Established in 2001, the gallery was proposed to open around 2004-2005. However, plans to permanently exhibit these artworks in under the way. In the meantime, these portraits are displayed at travelling exhibitions for public viewing. The gallery has a jaw-dropping collection of 20,000 paintings, prints and drawings as well as thousands of caricatures and 4 million photographs.
Paired with Patrick McGahern Antiquarian Books, this gallery is amassed with historic works of art. Victorian watercolors, antique maps, ancient prints and a multitude of first edition books are available for the ardent collector of intellectual beauty. Special views of Ottawa prints make excellent souvenirs for those who fall in love with the beautiful city. Upon purchase of a print, there is no fear of damaging it because it can be framed at the rear of the store. Paper restoration services are also available.