Travel Canada: Tour of Ottawa, the Capital City

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My husband Carlton is an avid photographer who loves to document his travels with his photos.  Here he chats about the less traveled – but interesting – sites in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


The Other Ottawa

Ottawa is known for its national icons such as the Gothic Revival architectural style of its Parliament Buildings, the annual Canadian Tulip Festival and winter skating on the Rideau Canal – but there is another aspect to the City of Ottawa that may just be every bit as interesting and certainly less crowded.

inukshuk in Ottawa River

For starters, I toured the Inukashuk built in the Ottawa River near downtown Ottawa at Remic Rapids Park, east of the Champlain Bridge, off Ottawa River Parkway.   One dedicated artist, John Felice Ceprano, rebuilds these amazing objects each spring after the ice leaves the river.

Continuing along the Ottawa River Parkway to the downtown area, I next visited Nepean Point, on Saint Patrick Street behind the National Gallery of Canada.   This park offers a magnificent panoramic view of Parliament Hill and the core of Canada’s Capital Region.   This monument of Samuel de Champlain dominates the point.   Another feature on the site is the Astrolabe Theater, which seats approximately 700 people, and offers the beautiful backdrop of Parliament Hill.   The theater has been host to various events and productions including the Carnival of Cultures.

samuel de champlain statue ottawa
spyder statue Ottawa

Parked in front of the National Gallery of Canada at 380 Sussex Drive, sits one big egg carrying spider.   This sculpture is the work of Louise Bourgeois and was acquired by the National Gallery in 2005.   The work is titled Maman.

Across Wellington Street, opposite Parliament Hill, sits a magnificent memorial to Canadian hero Terry Fox.   The Marathon of Hope, which he founded in 1980, has helped to raise millions for cancer research.   This statue is the work of John Hooper.

terry fox statue ottawa
Prime Minister of Canada residence

Not to be missed is a view of our Prime Minister’s back yard.   No wash hanging out here and for that matter no bikini clad sunbathers either.   Maybe I was just here on the wrong day.

The house at 24 Sussex Drive appears deceptively small from the front but just go around back and the view is a whole new story. Built in 1866, the house became the official residence of Canada’s Prime Minister in just 1951.

The last stop on our brief tour of The Other Ottawa takes us to Green Island, just up the street from the official residence.   Leave your car at home for this one, as parking is almost nonexistent.   Here you will find The Commonwealth Air Force Memorial, dedicated to the 800 airmen who died in WW2.Canada airforce Ottawa
Rideau falls Ottawa

Last but not least, cool off beside Rideau Falls, right next door.

© 2007 Carlton McEachern, Carlton McEachern Photography

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