|We had a wonderful time in Ottawa - cramming as much possible into just a few short days. Canada Day had us camped our in our chairs on the lawns of Parliment Hill the entire day, from 9am to 11pm. In the morning we saw the parade, the RCMP Musical Ride, the changing of the guard, the flag raising ceremony, as well as speeches and performances. These televised festivities lasted until about 2 pm. We stayed on the lawn to keep our seats for the evening concert, starting at 7pm. Unfortunately, predictions of thunderstorms were accurate. We sat in our chairs in our ponchos, looking like Big Bird, and were able to move close due to the crowds fleeing for cover. It cleared up for the concert, and we saw many great Canadian acts, and finished with fireworks.
July 2nd, We visited the Canadian Museum of Civilization, located just across the river in Hull, QUE. There we saw the special exhibit on Pompeii, including casts and artifacts, and the Canada Hall - a journey across time and Canada through re-creations. That night we also returned to Ottawa to see the RCMP Sunset Ceremonies. They included the musical ride, a comedy act, police dogs, and equestrian skills. It was informal, and everyone had fun, from the animals to officers to spectators.
July 3rd we visited the National Gallery - an amazing art gallery. There we saw the special exhibit of Renaissance art, as well as impressionist, romantic and contemporary works. We then returned to finish up at the Museum of Civilization.
That ended our trip in the east, and from Ottawa it is a 3 day drive through Sault-Ste-Marie and Thunder Bay to Winnipeg.
Our apologies to our Ottawa friends -- we were so busy we didn't call or visit.
© Nancy Nederlof 2005