On Friday afternoon I was going through downtown. Coming towards Confederation Park, I could hear the sounds of bagpipes and drums being played. Several groups were spread out in locations in the park, playing in coordination with each other, no doubt rehearsing for Colonel By Day festivities this weekend.
Today is Colonel By Day in Ottawa, the local name for the Civic Holiday. It honours the British army engineer who led the effort to build the Rideau Canal and founded the city which at first had his name, Bytown, and later was renamed Ottawa.
This fountain in the park is in his honour. I'll be downtown today, where there are a lot of activities going on, plus the busker's festival is wrapping up today as well. Have a great day!