National Historic Sites

National Historic Sites Six NCC-managed properties have also been designated as National Historic Sites by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Federal Heritage Buildings

Visit Canada's Historic Places to find maps, images and descriptions of heritage buildings in Canada’s Capital Region.

The heritage significance of buildings older than 40 years is systematically evaluated by the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office (FHBRO). More than 70 NCC-managed buildings have been designated as “classified” or “recognized” federal heritage buildings. These buildings are protected in accordance with the Treasury Board Policy on Management of Real Property.


We are also the custodian of assets which, although not designated by FHBRO, are considered to have heritage significance at the regional level. These assets include the following:

A Legacy To Build On

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen. I’ve always been a fan of this quote, because it reminds us that the point in looking back at past decisions is not to judge the past, but to learn from it.

Planning for the Future: Heritage Planning

Passion is something that so many people in this work share — not only a passion for history, but also a passion for conserving what makes places special and gives them value, recognizing the legacy of the past as we plan for the future of these places.

Rideau Hall and Landscaped Grounds

Rideau Hall and Landscaped Grounds is a large wooded estate located near the Ottawa River in the nation’s capital.

Maplelawn and Gardens

Maplelawn & Gardens National Historic Site of Canada is located within a mixed residential and commercial neighbourhood in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Former Geological Survey of Canada Building

The Former Geological Survey of Canada Building is a relatively plain three-storey, stone building located on a prominent corner in Ottawa’s Byward market area.

The first Geodetic Survey Station on King Mountain

First Geodetic Survey Station National Historic Site of Canada is located on the south slope of King Mountain in Gatineau Park, Quebec.

The Central Chambers building

Central Chambers National Historic Site of Canada is a splendid, 6 storey building, designed for commercial premises on the ground floor, and combined commercial and office premises above.

Former Archives building

The Former Archives Building National Historic Site of Canada is a substantial stone building, designed in the federal Tudor Gothic style.