Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ottawa - Pictorial Tourist

The following collection of photos were taken during my visit to Ottawa, Canada for Du Worlds. Ottawa is perched on the south bank of the Ottawa River on the northern edge of Ontario. Its sister city, Gatineau, lies across the river in the province of Quebec. Together they form a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of just over 1.2 million.

Under the rule of Europeans the area served as a trade center. In 1826 the area picked up the moniker of "Bytown" when Colonel John By orchestrated the military's construction of a secure trade route by carving the Rideau Canal from the Ottawa River to Kingston on Lake Ontario. In 1855 the city of Ottawa was formed. Then, a mere two years later, Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital city of the Province of Canada.

A century and a half later more than one hundred thousand people are employed within the city at its many government facilities. The other major employer in Ottawa is the tech industry. One longtime resident told me that he knew several people who have worked in firms within "Silicon Valley North."

Several locals, including two transplant cab drivers who have garnered Canadian citizenship, told me that they came to Ottawa because it is a great place to raise children. Indeed, Ottawa has long been ranked as the best Canadian city to live in, which stems from it being recognized as the most educated city in Canada, one of the cleanest cities in the world, and as one of the cities having the world's highest quality of living. I sensed that these statistics were spot on as I spoke to residents, despite the fact that a regular topic of discussion was the -20C winter temps.

What follows are some of the photos I took throughout my short stay in Ottawa.

West Block of Parliament Hill built 1856-1865, with
towers added in 1878 and 1906 - currently refurbishing
East Block of Parliament Hill was built 1856-1866.
Peace Tower
Parliament Hill
Sculpture base of Peace Tower
View from beneath Peace Tower to west
Many ornate sculptures of historic
figures adorn Parliament Hill
Looking out from Parliament Hill
A view of Gatineau, Quebec from Parliament Hill
across the Ottawa River
The Library of Parliament is the only section of the
original Center Block not destroyed by fire in 1916
The Victoria Tower Bell was recovered
from the Victoria Tower ruins after
the 1916 Center Block fire
Looking toward Chaudiere Falls on the Ottawa River
Sparks Street Sculpture
Victorian High Gothic gates surround Parliament Hill
Changing of the guard at Parliament Hill is a
major tourist attraction
Rideau Canal at sunset
Parliament Hill is a gated community
La Cathedrale, Ottawa
ITU Duathlon World Championship
Parade of Nations on Sparks Street 
Boats passing through the Rideau Canal
Cannons fired on Parliament Hill!!
Giant spider attacks Peace Tower
after cannons emptied!
Did you know of this guy?
If not, then pick your language and read about
Mr. Terry Fox
Most construction is completed during the short
summer to avoid sub-zero temperatures
Came across this scene while riding along the
30K long Ottawa River Pathway
Greg and I met these kilt clad ladies during our
post-race meal at the famous Mill St. Brewery
The 30-minute sound and light show on the
Center Block is amazing
More of this creative way to tell a history lesson
Loved this scene where books from famous
Canadian authors were stacked
Looking over Parliament toward the ByWard Market
in Lower Town from atop the Marriott
I'm out of here . . . ST

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