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When it comes to brushing up on Ottawa's history, there's no better place than the Bytown Museum. Housed in what was once the commissariat for food and materials during the construction of the Rideau Canal, Ottawa's oldest stone building now pays tribute to the city's canal builder, Lieutenant-Colonel John By. Exhibits feature artifacts from early Ottawa formerly known as Bytown including period rooms and household items from the late 19th century.

Recent visitors said though Bytown is small, it's well worth a look. Other veteran tourists strongly recommended renting an audio guide (offered by the museum at no additional cost) to better understand the exhibits.

Overlooking the Rideau Canal locks, the Bytown Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer and Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the winter. The museum is open until 8 p.m. every Thursday, offering free entry beginning at 5 p.m. Admission costs CA$6.50  (about $5) for adults and CA$3 (around $2.25) for children. For more information, check out the museum' official website.

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