Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Crowds On Canada Day

Today and tomorrow I have some shots from the National Capital from Canada Day. The core was busy all day, and when my friends and I passed by in the afternoon, Parliament Hill still had a lot of people around after the noon time concert.


The Langevin Block across the street was also decorated with flags. I wonder if Darth Harper's office was blocked by that very large flag.


This view is from a bridge at the Rideau Centre mall, looking west towards the crowds on Wellington Street. The Chateau Laurier is there on the right. Streets downtown get pretty much taken over by pedestrian traffic all day on Canada Day.


We went into several museums in Ottawa and Gatineau. I will be returning to each before summer's end- the Museum of Nature in particular was insanely busy- but I thought I would leave off with this item at the Canadian War Museum. There are a series of plaster casts on display here that were the original scale models by Walter Allward, for the sculptures that adorn the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France.



35 comments:

  1. I like that sculpture in your last photo.

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  2. Canada is such a great nation!


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= <3

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  3. Too big of a crowd for me, but it is nice to see everyone having fun.

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  4. Ah yes, the butchery of WWI... That's a lot of people, which is understandable when it's pedestrian. It's lovely to walk without the sound of engines!

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  5. Seems to be quite a happening with so many people in the streets.

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  6. It's great seeing people out enjoying their city.

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  7. Darth Harper's view of Canada has been blocked since he arrived.
    Jane x

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  8. Looks like it was quite the festival !

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  9. Looks like a lot of people had fun.

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  10. Nothing says summer like concerts outside in the park.

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  11. @Linda: I have always been in awe of those sculptures every time I go through the museum.

    @Cloudia: still is, despite the current leadership.

    @Whisk: my flatmate would agree with you... she's not one for crowds.

    @Ciel: it was very busy. It wouldn't have surprised me if there were a hundred thousand people downtown.

    @Jan: it is a big day for us.

    @Revrunner: and so many people.

    @Jane and Chris: that's quite true.

    @Stuart: oh, it was!

    @Bieb: we did!

    @Birdman: and that day has plenty of concerts.

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  12. What a great visual tour. Your national anthem is lovely, just like your photos!

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  13. looks like a good turn-out for the day.

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  14. Looks like alot of people were out and about! I love seeing the giant maple leaf. I miss Canada!!! :)

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  15. Great shots William. I love street festivals in big cities.

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  16. What a nice celebration! So many people out enjoying the day.

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  17. I'm impressed, that is quite a lot of people out enjoying the day's celebrations.

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  18. @Greensboro: long story short, these were on a disposible- I had camera troubles.

    @Tex: it generally is, even though we had a couple of downpours at times.

    @Tanya: it was a big turn out all day.

    @Halcyon: that flag is always a good sight.

    @Luis: this one is our biggest.

    @Judy: I often thing that if Canadians can make it, they should spend one Canada Day in the capital.

    @Sharon: a whole lot, and fairly well behaved.

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  19. A nice set of events for a great holiday...

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  20. a very festive celebration indeed.

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  21. I watched some of the evening concert on TV and was amazed at the size of the crowds there for it.

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  22. Reminds me of Fair St. Louis here!



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  23. Good to see so many in your city out celebrating!

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  24. @VP: there was no shortage of them.

    @Bill: thank you!

    @RedPat: I never get to see that concert, though I can hear it- we go to Major's Hill Park, which is one of the best spots for the fireworks.

    @Norma: I imagine it gets busy!

    @EG: it was fun to be one of them.

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  25. It looks like a great holiday was had by all. I wish more streets were pedestrian only more of the time. It makes a great excuse to get outside and wander.

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  26. Great to see so many people out and about enjoying the holiday. Super photos as always :)

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  27. Lots of people! Loved the sculpture!

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  28. My husband and I spent two lovely days in Ottawa following a family wedding in Peterborough. We arrived in a downpour but luckily the Museum of Nature was just around the corner from our hotel and we spent the afternoon wandering through the exhibits without a care for the blustery weather outside. When we finished, it was still raining, but we were lucky to be standing next to the manager of the Delta Hotel who offered to share his cab and dropped us off at the Whalesbone which is also just around the corner from our hotel. Great oysters! The next day we took a tour of the Parliment buildings and behind us were a couple with a visiting student who were so friendly and added so many interesting tidbits of information that the tour guide had not mentioned. We came to find out that it was John Geddes (Ottawa bureau chief of Macleans) and his wife Joanne Chianneli (City editor of Ottawa Citizen). They were so unassuming and kind. We loved your city and hope to visit again. Your blog was a tasty appetizer!

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  29. Now that looks like a fun day. I'd love to have been there.
    Nice photos William...

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  30. That looks like a lot of fun! Happy belated Canada day!

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  31. Too many smells. So much noise. No Lemon Tart Room.

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  32. I used to sing in the Ottawa Choral Society, we performed every Canada Day at 11:00. My first husband would take the kids and they'd watch me! I have good memories of this. My kids went this year, with the grandkids. I can't stand the crowds any more! Happy to share through your photos!

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