Another stop I made on Canada Day was at the Canadian Museum of History on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River. Formerly the Museum of Civilization, it has had a large scale reworking of the permanent galleries, which were officially opened on Canada Day by Prince Charles. Douglas Cardinal's architectural masterpiece is always a pleasure to visit.
I could hear the sound of drumming as I approached. What I found was an unusual drum, with a canoe covered over by drum skin.
Hanging in the corridor outside the temporary exhibits was this Canadian flag. This is the first one, flown over Centre Block after the inauguration of the new Canadian flag on February 15th, 1965. Flags on the Peace Tower are flown for a single day, and then sent to those Canadians who want one that flew there. It is a very long list to be on.
A look at my favourite work of art in the National Capital Region- Alex Janvier's Morning Star, which is painted on the dome above the south end of the Grand Hall.
Close by is another artistic treat, a plaster cast of Bill Reid's Spirit Of Haida Gwaii.
There were musicians performing here in the Grand Hall as well.