The first of each month is a theme day for City Daily Photo bloggers, in which bloggers from across the world participate in a common theme. For the first of December, the theme is Looking Out. You can find other examples right here. For me, this was an easy choice: I went into the Ottawa Convention Centre, right downtown along the Rideau Canal.
The Convention Centre is four stories of rooms, halls, promenades, and a huge glass wall overlooking the Canal, giving grand views towards Parliament Hill, the Chateau Laurier, the Government Conference Centre, the National Arts Centre, and much more.
The NAC is right across the Canal from here, a product of Sixties architecture where our national orchestra is one of the residential groups on the site. The Convention Centre replaced the old Congress Centre at this location several years ago, and the glass wall outlook from all four levels makes it a spectacular building, much more engaged with the city around it than its predecessor.
There are conventions held here throughout the year, often using the various halls and rooms inside, but sometimes spilling out onto the promenades. For a local, however, there are often plenty of chances to get inside and take some pics, particularly in mid-week. The view is more than worth it.
I'll have more from here tomorrow, and periodically I'll be back here to photograph again. The view is stellar in many seasons.