Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bikes and Sights: Our Nation’s Capital (Part 1)

“A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.”
- Scott Stoll -

We hadn't visited Ottawa, our nation’s capital, in several years, and after spending the entire day there, the question we kept asking was: “Why the heck did we take so long to come back?” We had such a great time that we returned a few weeks later. Hundreds of photos were taken, and I’ll share a few today.

The flags of our country.

You can't go to Ottawa and not tour Parliament Hill (The Hill) that serves as home to the Parliament of Canada. The area overlooks the Ottawa River and attracts three million visitors annually.

This is the Centre Block. It contains the Senate and Commons chambers.

The East and West (pictured above) Blocks each contain ministers' and senators' offices,
as well as administrative spaces and meeting rooms.


You will find numerous sculptures of prominent individuals on the grounds of The Hill, and in nearby tourist areas.

Statue of Colonel John By in Major's Hill Park.
Is it just me, or does this look like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz?

The Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge was constructed by the Canadian Pacific Railway between 1898 and 1900. It runs across the Ottawa River and connects Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.

Total length: 563.27 m (1,848 ft). Traffic: 15,000 per day.

The granite arch with the bronze sculptures is the National War Memorial that commemorates Canadians killed in all conflicts. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies at its base and is guarded by two sentries.

This area made headline news in October when a gunman shot and fatally wounded a sentry on duty.

The Central Post Office is a historic building that was completed in 1939.


There are beautiful carved lions arranged around its base.

This is spectacular!


Ottawa is an extremely bike-friendly area with wonderfully scenic paths that go on...


...and on.



There are places to shop.

Don't you just love the giant flower pots?

And places to stop and grab a bite.

Enjoying a fully loaded hot dog from a street vendor.

You'll see interesting things along the way.


Inspirational monuments.

The statue of Terry Fox, a national hero, stands across from Parliament Hill.

Homegrown talent.



And fun things to hug. How can you not love people who have a beaver (a resourceful, hardworking, unaggressive and highly-skilled engineer) as a national symbol?

I love you, you buck-toothed, flat-tailed furball.

Despite how terribly hot and humid it was on our first visit to this beautiful city after so many years, we had a spectacular time. You can bet that there will be more visits to Ottawa in the future, and more photos to share.

Have you ever been there?

30 comments:

  1. I love Ottawa! It is such a spectacular city.

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    1. It really is, Debra. We're so lucky that it's not too far from here, so we intend to visit again and again. There are so many things we haven't seen yet.

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  2. lived and worked there I know the Parliament buildings like the back of myhand, working for Federal Ministers you spent a lot time there, back and forth and of course I also live in Ottawa for quite a while, until I got married and then pregnant I didn't to raise my baby in Ottawa, I wanted a quieter place and I wanted a little town , which we found...oh but the memories...I love living in Ottawa, If I hadn't been married and pregnant I might still be there. Ottawa is beautiful and welcoming...good memories there for you, and for me:)

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    1. It really is beautiful, Lorraine. We will return for more visits in the future, no doubt about that. So much to see and do!

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  3. You have a beautiful capitol city! Love the parliament building. And great shot of the flags! I like beavers too, but for a different reason. My daughter graduated from Oregon State University and their mascot it the beaver. Go Beavs!

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    1. That's a great reason to love beavers! :)

      Yes, our capital city is very beautiful. As it should be!

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    1. There used to be stray cats living on Parliament Hill in a cat Sanctuary set aside for them. And volunteers took care of them. In 2013, there were four cats left, and because they were too old and vulnerable, they were adopted out to homes, and the sanctuary was closed.

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  5. I haven't been to Ottawa for over 40 years but your photos remind me of a good time I had in Ottawa. I really liked sitting by the Rideau Canal.

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    1. The Rideau Canal is beautiful. Trails run along it for miles and miles. I'm sure you'd see many changes after 40 years!

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  6. Looks like a beautiful place to visit!

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    1. It really is, Bethany. Great for photography, too!

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  7. What a gorgeous place! Those buildings are fantastic! The picture of you hugging the statue is adorable! They are such amazing animals, they are starting to use them in some areas to re-establish and repair damaged river eco-systems. Letting the beavers do the work turns out to be a cheaper alternative than having humans do it!

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    1. That's a really smart idea to let the beavers do the work. They are brilliant at that type of work!

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  8. Ottawa is so beautiful thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos!

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    1. It really is, Christine. We are fortunate to live in such an amazing country.

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  9. I haven't even been to D.C. let alone Ottawa

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    1. I have been to D.C, Adam, and it's spectacular. I hope you get to visit one day.

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  10. I heard about the nut-job/gunman that fatally shot and wounded a sentry on duty. Absolutely tragic.

    You live in a beautiful part of the world. I would love to visit sometime.

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    1. You'd love it, Wendy, I'm sure. So many gorgeous outdoor spaces, and the people are very friendly!

      Yes, that was very tragic. The whole nation was in mourning.

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    1. It really is, Susie! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

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  12. This was a great tour, Martha. It has been far too long since we were there and this post will hopefully do just that....get us back to Ottawa!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Jim. Through our photos, we are able to share the beauty of this amazing country.

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  13. I have not been to Ottawa, but I think I should go. It reminds me of many European cities!

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    1. You'd really like it, Nancy, and if you can go, go! It's worth a trip.

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  14. Great tour, Martha ... gorgeous AS ALWAYS photography ;)

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