It's taken me quite awhile to take action and get some pics but today a friend and I decided to play tourist in Ottawa. We didn't get nearly as much done as we had wished and hope to go back for day 2 at some point. But here are the pics. And since there 110 posts on the previous thread, I hope Lilypon will forgive me for starting a new one.
We started out fairly early. The changing of the guard on Parliament Hill is a summer show and August 23 is the last one for the season. The weather was great and we decided not to miss it. We arrived on the Hill early enough to wander around for awhile and to book a Centre Block tour after the changing of the guard. For those who might not know, the changing of the guard is a time honoured military ceremony but it is performed by university students who will shortly be heading back to school. Being a member of the band is a plum summer student job.
Here is the newly refurbished Library of Parliament. This is the only part of the original Parliament buildings which survived the fire of 1916.
We had time to wander around a bit and snapped these shots of the Ottawa River which is just north of Parliament Hill. This is looking a bit east at the Inter-provincial bridge which connects Ottawa to the Québec city of Gatineau on the other side of the river.
The Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge is a steel truss cantilever bridge spanning the Ottawa River between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. It is known locally as both the "Alexandra Bridge" and the "Interprovincial Bridge". The bridge was constructed by the Canadian Pacific Railway between 1898 and 1900. The bridge's main cantilever centre span was, at the time of construction, the longest in Canada and the fourth longest in the world.
The bridge was designed primarily to carry CPR trains but also had a track for local electric trolley service between Ottawa and Hull, as well as a lane for carriage traffic. During the late 1950s the bridge was upgraded to carry vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The bridge now provides an important commuter link between Ottawa and Gatineau. The roadways for vehicles are located on the centre and east decks.
Looking west, we see more bridges, the rapids, the Supreme Court of Canada building which had the copper roof replaced a few years ago and has not yet turned green and the little white building is the last remaining "temporary" building from World War II. When I moved to Ottawa in 1970, there were quite a few of these still around.
Should have posted this one before looking west, but I guess it is more or less straight across. This is the Canadian Museum of Civilization which opened in 1989. You can take a virtual tour of this interesting building at http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/archieng.html
Also looking east is the National Gallery and across the street from it, the Notre Dame Basilica - the oldest church in Ottawa. The main structure was finished in 1846, but it was not until 1866 that the spires were installed. The steeples are topped with standard French-Canadian tin and bells. Its exterior is fairly reserved, but the interior is as far more ornate, designed by Georges Buillon. The interior of the church is brightly painted and decorated with carved features, exquisite stained glass windows and hundreds of statues of various religious figures.
The National Gallery is housed in a glass and granite building on Sussex Drive with a notable view of the Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. The acclaimed structure was designed by Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988.
The changing of the guard ceremony began at 10 am as the band and regiments arrived on the Hill. The white building across the street was the American Embassy until their new building was opened in 1999.
There is quite a bit of back and forth inspection of the two guards. It would take a military expert to tell just what happens. A number of years ago, they seemed to have a commentary during the ceremony, but it has apparently been eliminated.
Note the soldier that I've marked with a X in the foreground. There were about 4 such soldiers and just before the end of the ceremony, she pulled a rolled up stretcher out from in front of the shrub and put it into a van. It's not uncommon for one or more guardsmen/women to keel over during the ceremony with the hot bear-skin hats.
This is just a shot of the West Block - parliamentary office buildings which were in dire need of repair. I believe the MP's were actually moved out of this building during some of the repairs. There was one crane there during the changing of the guard and later there were two. Among the repairs are replacement of the copper roof as well as stone work repairs.
After the Changing of the Guard, we had time to wander a bit on the Hill. This is an interesting monument to 4 women who were instrumental in the fight for women's rights early in the 20th Century. I believe the original monument is in Calgary and this is a copy.
The Centre Block tour was led by a charming student whose parents were also on the tour just to keep her on her toes. LOL Getting in to the building is much like airport security with everything x-rayed. Even wanted cell phones turned on - something which I have NOT needed to do for airport security recently.
This is outside the House of Commons. The stonework tells the story of Canada as you look around this room.
Inside the Senate. The desks here were all covered in plastic tarps because there has been some repair work going on during the summer recess. The Senate in Canada is appointed and Senators can keep their job until age 75 at which time they must retire. But the Senate DOES review and must pass each bill approved by the House of Commons.
Note three red chairs. The two behind are thrones and when the Queen is in Parliament, she will sit in the one on the left with her husband on the right. When she is not here (most of the time), her representative - the Governor General will sit there for royal assent or for the Speech from the Throne at the start of each new Parliament. The one in front is occupied by the speaker of the Senate.
We then went to the Library of Parliament, but were not allowed to take pictures. Following that, we took the elevator up the Peace Tower. I got this shot of the Library of Parliament. It just reopened two years ago after a major 4-year restoration. They had the entire library shrouded and at one point, they had the top of it removed and brought down to ground level to be worked on.
I was very interested to see red sandstone among the stone of this building. I looks really interesting with the copper roof. Before the restoration, it was all black.
After our tour was over, we bought our sight-seeing bus tickets, but decided to walk to the National Gallery for lunch at their Café and pick up the tour closer to there. This is the National War Memorial and the relatively new Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in downtown Ottawa.
We took a route which went down along a series of 8 locks which take the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa River. These are original locks and are opened by hand.
The construction of the Rideau Canal was proposed shortly after the War of 1812, when there remained a persistent threat of attack by the United States on the British colony of Upper Canada.
The initial purpose of the Rideau Canal was military, as it was intended to provide a secure supply and communications route between Montreal and the British naval base in Kingston, Ontario. Westward from Montreal, travel would proceed along the Ottawa River to Bytown (now Ottawa), then southwest via the canal to Kingston and out into Lake Ontario (and vice versa for eastward travel from Kingston to Montreal). The objective was to bypass the stretch of the St. Lawrence River bordering New York State, a route which would have left British supply ships vulnerable to attack or a blockade of the St. Lawrence.
Once the canal was constructed, no further military engagements took place between Canada and the United States. Although the Rideau Canal never had to be used as a military supply route, it played a pivotal role in the early development of Canada. Prior to the locks being completed on the St. Lawrence in the late 1840s, the Rideau served as the main travel route for immigrants heading westward into Upper Canada, and for heavy goods (timber, minerals, grain) from Canada's hinterland heading east to Montreal. Tens of thousands of British immigrants travelled the Rideau in this period. Hundreds of barge loads of goods were shipped each year along the Rideau, allowing Montreal to compete commercially, in the 1830s and 40s, with New York (which had the Erie Canal), as a major North American export port.
The Canal also played a pivotal role in the development of Ottawa because before it was built, the major development in this area was on the Québec side of the Ottawa River.
As many as a thousand of the workers died from malaria, other diseases and accidents during blasting. The Rideau Canal Celtic Cross is a memorial in Ottawa, Canada, erected to commemorate the workers and their families that died building the Rideau Canal between 1826 and 1832. It was unveiled in 2004.
After lunch, we took the bus tour of Ottawa. Good tour, but it didn't allow for picture stops. It WAS hop-on, hop-off, but the frequency of the runs didn't really allow much flexibility. Perhaps in the real peak tourist season it is more frequent, I don't know. We walked north from the National Gallery towards the Canadian Mint to get the bus and we saw this truck parked in front of the mint.
Two hours later as we came along on the tour bus, RCMP officers (mounties), but not in scarlet tunics, were stopping traffic as the large truck backed into the mint. The tour-bus driver speculated that it was picking up a shipment of coins for Mexico and would be escorted all the way to its destination by police cars in front and behind.
No more pics for now. By the time we got off the bus it was 4 pm. We stopped into the nearby Chapters Book Store to use wash rooms and headed back to the national Arts Centre where my car was parked. With rush hour traffic, it was about 5 pm when I got home. We have more to do and see. Must make another day of it soon.
Thanks for the Tours Ann and Burn_2007
I have visited Ottawa as my folks lived on the river part of the Canal years ago but your tour was a beautiful reminder!
Other than Halifax I have not been further East so one of these days I may get to see the other part of our Country thanks for the introduction Burn.
Thanks everyone. today I was at my brother's camp on top of a mountain, and this is the view of a small community in Riley Brook, this is near Mount Carleton, a park for hiking and canoing and camping and wildlife.
Dahlianut I hope the sun is shining for you so that you can catch the area under nicer skies then I did (the photographic opportunities are endless there but we only had one day of sun (...naturally that was the day we were in the museum).
Looking forward to seeing your pics of Drumheller here. I uploaded less due to the crowds of people and lack of sun.
Moving west...I thought I'd show you some photos of the the part of the country were I am blessed to reside. I live in Grand Forks, BC which is located in the southern interior of BC on the US-Canada border. Grand Forks is named for its location near the convergence of the Kettle and Granby Rivers. The city is overlooked by Observation Mountain to the north and the aptly named Rattlesnake Mountain to the east. www.city.grandforks.bc.ca/
It was a sunny and warm 26C today so we decided to go for a quad ride from Grand Forks to Eholt Summit which is about a 23 km trip. Packed a picnic lunch and off we went.
Very different beautiful country scenes, Lilypon and what history!!! lovely and interesting.
DonM47 those are wonderful areas, great shots. enjoying it all.
We have visitors from Calgary, this week, and they said our Mountains are foothills, compare to those in the west. And I'm sure they are. ;) . I've seen pictures of the Rockies and they are amazing.
Glad you like the different area of NB dahlianut. The Fall scenery is very gorgeous here also , I will post pictures later on, of it.
I also enjoy looking at pictures of other part of the country. What I can't see in person, I can see through pictures. People who post here, have pictures of places tourist are not directed too, when they travel. Nice to see it from locals.
Brenda I think it says 27 but I'm not positive (now I see the number on the paper is impossible to read ;). The last time we were there the count was much lower. Currently the town site is quite spread out so it's difficult to believe it's even that high. .
To get to Wayne you cross over 11 bridges in a small valley (a twelfth is past the village).
Violaann, your pictures of the canal reminds me of my vacation at Ottawa/Quebec!!! Montreal has alot of similar structures. I went there on Feb. 5 years ago and were were fortunate enough to see Montreal's ball de neige. They had slides made out of packed snow! it was awesome! I want to go back there again and go through the mazes and slide on those snow slides and have hot cocoa!!! lol. The scenery was breathtaking by Mont Royale (I think this was the name).
I've been to Algonquin, great for star gazing. You can see the milky way and in some months the Aurora Borealis! Too bad non of my family likes to camp outdoors =/
I don't have pictures as of yet, but after reading this discussion, I'm planning my own excursion based on "25 Things You Must Do While in Toronto". As guilty as I am, I've lived in Toronto for over half my life and have not touched the glass floor on the CN tower or have gone to Casa Loma... I'll take pictures as I go lol.
1. Lie face down on the glass floor at the CN Tower
2. Sit upstairs at Union Station during rush hour 3. Skate at Nathan Phillips Square
4. Tour the Steam Whistle Brewery
5. Have a hot chocolate at Soma in The Distillery District
6. Do a bike tour of Toronto Island 7. Go shopping at Honest Ed’s
8. Walk the boardwalk at The Beach
9. Go to Dundas Square NOTE: be careful of Samurai-wannabe with a katana
10. Dine at a famous chef’s place
11. Take a city walking tour
12. Get out of the downtown core
13. Ride the Queen streetcar
14. Go shopping in Chinatown
15. Have a coffee in Kensington Market
17. Eat corn on the sidewalk in Little India in the summer
16. Window shop in Yorkville
18. Take a train ride through High Park
19. Walk the entire PATH
20. Check out a local band
21. Sample honey at St. Lawrence Market
22. Tour the CBC building
23. Eat Souvlaki on The Danforth
24. Have dinner in Little Italy
25. Read in the garden at Casa Loma
Skated @ Nathan Phillip's Square, but I do want to there again during Christmas - they have so much lights and other events!
I shopped at Honest Ed's I think last year or two years ago. We always go there whenever I have to go to my campus to study for exams; we eat hot bulgogi during the coldest months at Korea town and then visit Honest Ed which is right beside it.
Dundas Square - we always sit there whenever we go to Eaton's
Ride the Queen streetcar and shopping at Chinatown and have coffee at Kensington can be done right after one another; I have to ride the Queen 500+ streetcars to get to Chinatown which is right beside Kensington.
I've windowshopped at Yorkville which was REALLY expensive...we it was more like "window-watch"
CBC my mom used to work there; they have a radio station there I think, it just looks like an expensive shopping mall.
Souvlaki on Danforth - taste of the Danforth festival!!!!
Honest Ed's is huge!!! I heard before he used to give away Turkeys for Thanksgiving and people would line up? I've never seen that before
My first trip to your beautiful country and fancy bumping into you, Burn. Lovely place you come from. What wonderful places. I had a chuckle about what constitutes a mountain. We call anything more than 100' high a mountain. What exactly are the Hoodoos? Lilypon, if that's one of the smallest churches in the country, where are ones that are smaller? Thanks for the tour, everyone and I look forward to seeing the fall colours.
Lovely pics of the Guildwood Inn evr and I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures of Toronto.
Welcome to Canada Margaret! :)
What are the Hoodoos? A hoodoo is a rock formation which is caused by different areas of the rock formation being resistant to erosion. Some parts of the hoodoo are harder than others and these hard parts last longer. In the hoodoos above, the tops are the hardest part and they protect the soft rock below from wearing away. Here's an interesting link regarding the Hoodoos: http://www.billcasselman.com/casselmania/hoodoo.htm.
re the smallness of the Church I was playing it safe...as far as I know it is the smallest but if I had posted that chances are someone here may know of one that is smaller ;).
Going by your definition of a mountain I think Saskatchewan should rethink the naming of our portion of the Cypress Hills. The Cypress Hills rise up to 600 metres above the surrounding prairie, to a maximum elevation of 1,468 metres (4,816 ft), making it Canada's highest point between the Canadian Rockies and the Labrador peninsula and also the highest point in Saskatchewan. http://www.cypresshills.com/cypresshillssask.html Mount Cypress has a nice ring to it. :)
Great seeing you on this Canadian thread Margaret. I thought I had already made a post welcoming you, but it must not have gone through. I've been having problem with my modem lately, and a few post didn't make it.
Evr, will be looking forward to other pics on Toronto.
Thought I'd put a few pics of Prince Edward Island, I was visiting my Sister early this Summer and got a few from around Summerside areas.
Thanks Margaret and Don, glad you enjoy them. Don not in a bathing suit this time of year, lol you'd freeze you BO ;). PEI is really a beautiful scenic place to visit with a nice variety of BIRDS Margaret.
Burn my son sighs every time he thinks about his trip to Prince Edward Island...he sure enjoyed telling us about PEI's beautiful sandy beaches, dunes, and the ocean (as well as the lobsters *sigh*, mussels, gorgeous locales, traps, etc. etc ;)! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely pictures of our only island province.
We are looking forward to seeing those promised pics of Toronto evr and Manitoba I hope you've dusted off your digitals (Quebec is noticeably missing too). I'm guessing our member from the N.W.T. is no longer a subscribing member?
ok that thread is so amazingly cute love the boys have to get some for the garden lol
hubby will have an attach of something he doesnt like those little men so I will tell him the girls got them hahahhaha should work
Ottawa Horticultural Society but I don't generally go to the meetings. They're all on Tuesdays when I teach.
Those gnomes are now in Newfoundland and it's just about time to talk about whether they will make a return trip across Canada and who they will visit. They started out in early July on Vancouver Island.
I DID belong to them at one time, but usually had Monday rehearsals. Now I have Monday rehearsal usually only two weeks before the Monday OSO concert although this concert it will be three Mondays in a row. And now I've got Monday students as well.