I'm starting off a series on Canada Day weekend today. I can tell you that I took more pictures in one day than ever before- over 560 of them. 200 of those were fireworks, and I took additional shots the following day. I won't quite be doing things in chronological order, so we'll have a bit of jumping around.
I'm starting in a church. St. Peter and St. Paul's Anglican Church is downtown, a few blocks south of Parliament Hill on Metcalfe Street. The church was open on Canada Day, with bottles of water being handed out to passersby. While coming up from the Museum of Nature, I took the opportunity to step inside, where the church was broadcasting the CBC programming from Parliament Hill and across the country, using a projector to show the image on the wall in the sanctuary. The church was originally St. George's Methodist Episcopal, and in 1885 became an Anglican church. Its stained glass windows are a beautiful sight.
Heading up the street towards Parliament Hill, I stopped at the World Exchange Plaza, an office complex a couple of blocks south of the Hill. People were pausing on the outside steps. Here at Queen Street was the closest I got to the Parliamentary precinct that day- I never go onto the Hill on Canada Day; it's much too packed.