A crisp fall morning arrived & after over-indulging in the breakfast buffet we set out for a fair bit of walking. Ottawa is a very nice capital indeed - with plenty of grand buildings, lots of parks and a great big river (that forms part of the border between Ontario & Quebec). Confederation Boulevard is a 7.5 km route around Ottawa & Gatineau (the adjoining city that is in Quebec - a bit like Buda & Pest, but you can't join the names together in a catchy manner) that links many of the capital's important sights & is used ceremonially for state visits. Being so, it makes a good easy walk around to see such things if one has limited time - we walked most of it, stopping off near the start to get tickets to a tour of the Parliament Buildings. Most notably on the walk, we saw a beaver - I'd only seen their dams before; this one looked a little lost in the Rideau canal's locks.
|The Round Library (the only part of the centre block of the old parliament to survive a big fire in 1916) & Parliament across the Ottawa.|
|Museum of Civilisation|
The tour and guide were quite interesting with a good mix of history of the buildings & Canada as a country. Strangely, there were a lot of questions - we managed to get into the Senate room as it wasn't in session, that wasn't so interesting. Going up the Peace Tower (that's the big tower in the center of the complex), the elevator has small windows so you can see some of the large bells that form part of the carillon - which is a musical instrument made up of at least twenty-three bells that is played using a keyboard linked to those bells. I had previously heard the chimes on the hour & thought it a particularly musical bell tower - with fifty-three bells, it was not surprising.
|Back across the Ottawa to Gatineau - we'd just walked across that far shore & bridge.|
|Confusingly, Pink Lake is named for a family that once owned nearby land & in fact more likely to be bright green due to algae.|
|Perhaps taking a quick photo is safer than texting - my poor attempt at capturing all the marvellous colours we were seeing.|