Early this month I went across to Gatineau and the Canadian Museum of History, formerly titled the Museum of Civilization. The curatorial and exhibit halls, designed by Douglas Cardinal, nicely frame the Parliament Buildings across the river. The long Prairie grasses planted here in the plaza look quite different in early December light.
There was a Christmas artisan sale that weekend down in the Great Hall, with craftspeople and bakers selling their goods. An unusual setting, among totem poles and this beautiful space, but a good spot to be in. And it was very busy. The lights, subdued in daytime, can be glimpsed here and there, changing colours, and appropriate for Christmas time.
I paused to take in Dene artist Alex Janvier's amazing mural Morning Star high overhead, as well as the plaster version of Haida sculptor Bill Reid's Spirit Of Haida Gwaii.
Before leaving, I took in the Christmas tree near the museum entrance.