Friday, October 7, 2016

Totem, Inukshuk, And Gates

Departing from Rideau Hall, I stopped by the totem pole on the grounds, as well as the inukshuk. Both are good First Nations additions to the properties, in among the many ceremonial trees planted by dignitaries down through the years.


Here we have the front gate to the property, with its gatehouse. Most members of the public tend to come in through here, as the visitor centre is close by.


The front gate shares nearby neighbours- Rideau Gate is the street beside it, and this house is one of the three buildings facing the property.


The South African High Commission is another, and between it and the above house is another official residence, 7 Rideau Gate, used for visiting dignitaries.


And across from the front gate of Rideau Hall is the front gate for 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of the PM. As noted in an earlier blog, the house is under renovation at the moment, and tends to be a bit difficult to see from the road anyway. This is the gatehouse for the property.

28 comments:

  1. Great series, William. The totem pole reminds me of a nature park here in Montreal that has several first nations items, including a totem pole.

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  2. I loved to see the totem poles when I visited Canada.

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  3. I like the totem !
    Interesting series, William !

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  4. I love the totem poles how wonderfully colourful they are.

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  5. neat design on the totem pole. so tall, wonder if there is a height requirement? ( ;

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  6. Nice series William. I love the totem pole.

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  7. What a beautiful totem, I love the details. There's always something under renovations isn't there. I could be happy in the little gate house for the PMs residence!

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  8. That totem pole is magnificent!

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  9. The totem pole is really impressive!

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  10. @Linda: that totem pole suits its surroundings nicely.

    @Marianne: they're really works of art.

    @Karl: thank you.

    @Mo: they really are.

    @Beth: I imagine that depends on who carves it, how big they want to go.

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Wendy: of course, that gate house is probably well stocked with Mounties.

    @Lowell: it is, yes.

    @Marleen: I agree!

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  11. Elegant homes and fancy gatehouses. It's sad that so much security is needed for dignitaries.

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  12. Beautiful homes...but the totem is my favorite!

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  13. I didn't realize that 24 Sussex was so close by.

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  14. Love the creativity in the totem pole.

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  15. I agree with many others...like the totem poles.

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  16. @Red: and yet needed.

    @Norma: it's quite a totem.

    @RedPat: yes, just across the street. Now mind you, the Hall is quite a walk in.

    @Linda: so do I.

    @Lauren: they make a visually interesting subject.

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  17. I really enjoyed the inukshuk and the totem pole. Thank you.

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  18. Beautiful homes and gatehouses. Peaceful park. Nice to take stroll and enjoy the surrounding.

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  19. So love the design of the building in the last photo. And those totems are fascinating.

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  20. Love totem poles. I saw quite a few when I lived in Northwest Washington. Some real, some replicas. The gate houses are larger than some homes.

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  21. Even the gatehouses are impressive. Pretty upscale neighborhood, no?
    I'd like to see an inukshuk. Totem poles are wonderful but the natural qualities of inukshuks are very appealing, too.

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  22. I actually tried to buy a totem pole once. It wasn't an authentic one but one that an artist carved. He didn't want to sell it!

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  23. @Revrunner: inukshuks tend to be curious items.

    @Tammie: you're welcome.

    @Nancy: that it is.

    @Gemma: thanks!

    @Tex: I do too.

    @Mari: totems have always appealed to me.

    @Kay: it is quite an upscale area.

    @Linda: I can understand that.

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  24. Love the inukshuk William, I know they have much meaning and I wouldn't want to sound disrespectful, but I'd like one somewhere in my garden.

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  25. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.

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  26. I'd forgotten about the renos. They really should have demolished it!

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