Saturday, July 26, 2014

Into The Mists Of Time

I last showed you some of the sculptures here in winter. I thought I would go through these statues and busts at Plaza Bridge, called The Valiants, for a few days. They stand between the National War Memorial, the Chateau Laurier, and the Government Conference Centre, and represent figures in Canadian military history.

We start with the Comte de Frontenac, governor of New France, who defended Quebec against an English attack in 1690.

Lt. Colonel John Butler served during the American Revolution, leading a band of Loyalists called Butler's Rangers in engagements against American forces from Kentucky to New York State. The Rangers settled in the Niagara area after the Revolution.

Laura Secord lived in the Niagara region during the War Of 1812. She delivered news of an impending American attack to British officers.

Lt. Colonel Charles de Salaberry was an officer in the British army during the War of 1812, and fended off American attacks in Quebec, particularly at the Battle of Chateauguay.


  1. These statues really turn these historical names into real people.

  2. So Canada's history is best learned.


  3. The statues are well made. Were they all created by one sculpturor?

  4. Looks like Salisbury's still stand guard against those pesky Americans. :-)

  5. The history is fascinating.

  6. A fine series of sculptures here William. I've been catching up on missed posts, enjoyed your captures of the Museum Waterworks so much, loved the reference to the 'grumpy' building :) and the last shot through the waterfall.. excellent!

  7. @Stuart: they certainly do.

    @Tomas: it's a good way.

    @Marleen: two sculptors, actually: Marleen Moore and John McEwen.

    @Revrunner: he does look ready!

    @Deb: I've always thought so.

    @Grace: thank you kindly!

  8. Great statues, wonderful sculpture work.

  9. What imposing looking guys...the French dude looks a bit of a dandy!
    Jane x

  10. darn british loyalists! just kidding!

  11. Enjoyed this short trip to the past.

  12. Great post: beautiful busts and very nice statues of people I do not know much about, and this is obviously a fault of mine!

  13. Some of the names are familiar. And isn't it interesting how so many sculptures are related to war and warring? This seems to be true around the world.

  14. I've been meaning to apologize for that.

    Nice sculptures but I was thinking the same thing as Lowell.

  15. Beautiful sculptures. It's fun to see so many sculptures to people who defended against our our ancestors. I'm with Judy, sorry about that.

  16. @Luis: the two sculptors did wonderful work.

    @Jane and Chris: it's to be expected from that era!

    @Tex: yes, well, they all ended up here after the Revolution...

    @Birdman: thank you!

    @VP: thanks!

    @Lowell: that's quite true

    @Judy: we don't seem to honour doctors and nurses.

    @Sharon: well, in our defense, our side did win the War of 1812.*

    *expects outrage any minute now...

  17. Another fine tour of our history!

  18. our heroes shout "the Brits are coming." so interesting that we ever were on opposite sides in war

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

  19. They all look so classy with the cityscape in the background (albeit slightly anachronistic).

  20. Ottawa sure has a lot of (impressive) statues!

  21. Super sculptures. Lots of talk about history but also about the present.

  22. i love those hats - neat sculptures. ( :
    have a lovely weekend.

  23. @Cheryl: I certainly think they are.

    @RedPat: a pleasure to do so.

    @Cloudia: it's been awhile since our two countries were on opposite sides, after all.

    @Greensboro: it's a contrast that I like.

    @Norma: there's no shortage of them.

    @Mariusz: the sculptors worked wonders with these.

    @Beth: thank you!

  24. Very nice statues. Are these folks well known throughout Canada? Or is it more of a regional thing? By the way, nice photos on these posts.

  25. These have so much wonderful detail!

  26. These are great! I need to get back to Canada.

  27. These are large lifelike statues with lots of history to recommend them.

  28. @Jackie: they are indeed.

    @Pat: most of them are well known.

    @EG: they do.

    @Joan: you should.

    @Kate: that's true.