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Major's Hill Park
Major's Hill Park is one of the most notable parks in downtown Ottawa. The park stands above the Rideau Canal at the point where it enters the Ottawa River. Across the canal to the west are the parliament buildings to the north of the park is the National Gallery of Canada. West is the United States embassy and the Byward Market. To the south is the Chateau Laurier hotel. It is frequently used as a venue for events, and is the central to Ottawa's Canada Day celebrations.
The area was originally home to those who built the canal and it was named Colonel's Hill after Colonel By, the builder of the canal whose house was located atop it. When Colonel By was replaced by a major the hill was renamed Major's Hill. Owned by the Grand Trunk Railroad for many years, but was taken over by the federal government. The park is managed by the National Capital Commission.
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