Bytown Museum

Take a trip back in time with a visit to the Commissariat – the oldest stone building in Ottawa, and home to the Bytown Museum. Once used as a storehouse during the construction of the Rideau Canal, this unique heritage building amassed an impressive collection of local artifacts through the work of the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa. The Bytown Museum explores the early history of Canada’s capital, when it was known as Bytown. The museum also pays homage to Lieutenant Colonel John By, who oversaw the construction of the Rideau Canal, and features a variety of exhibitions displaying local historical treasures.

Open year-round, the Bytown Museum is found at the heart of one of the most picturesque spots in the city, alongside the UNESCO Heritage site Rideau Canal. With a café and boutique, an audio tour available in six languages, and a knowledgeable crew of staff and volunteers on hand, this museum is one experience every Ottawa tourist needs to cross off their bucket list!  

Note: The Museum is located alongside the set of eight locks on the Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier.

 1 Canal Ln, Ottawa, ON K1P 1L1

Tel: (613) 234-4570

Thurs - Mon: 11am - 4pm

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday