Hilzberry Travels travel blog

Changing of the guard on Parliament Hill

 

Shaun & Gary beside the cornerstone of Parliament Building

Dianne & Elaine at the "Women Are Persons" monument on Parliament Hill

 

The Wild Cat Cafe at Canada Museum of Civilization (Yellowknife Cafe)

Canadian Museum of Civilization

Enjoying Beaver Tails!!


August 23 – Sunday

Another warm, sunny day for us to take in the sights and sounds of Ottawa. Our group was divided today as we took our trucks in to Ottawa. Shaun & Dianne travelled with us making it in time to Parliament Hill to see the changing of the guard at 10:00 this morning. It was very colorful and I’m thinking very warm for those guards in the red uniforms and black head dresses. It was interesting however to see, they certainly were coordinated with all their moves.

A guided tour of the Parliament Buildings with explanation of our Canadian government and law making process allowed us to see the Senate room, House of Commons and the committee room. The architecture and engravings are amazing. Much thought has gone in to the building of this structure. A ride on the elevator in the Peace Tower, passing the Carillon with its series of 53 bells weighing from 4.5 kg to 10,090 kg. up to the observation area gave us a spectacular view of Ottawa. After exploring parliament hill, we made our way across the Alexandria Bridge to Hull, Quebec and toured the Canadian Museum of Civilization. This is an amazing museum with the displays appearing very real, depicting life across our nation and through the centuries. We toured the elevator replica from Melville, SK and made a stop at the “Wildcat Café”!! (It wasn’t open when we were in Yellowknife last fall). We also took in the IMAX presentation “Mysteries of The Great Lakes” which showed some awesome views of the Great Lakes. Then on to Byward Market for a taste of “Beaver Tails” before heading back to camp.

Dave & Sharron have to do some repair on their motorhome tomorrow (radiator hose) and have gone to a shop for service first thing in the morning. So we have decided to take a day off and relax and do laundry etc. before heading on to Quebec on Tuesday



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