I have the second of two posts today at my writer's blog about the Canadian Firefighters Memorial Ceremony that was held here a week ago yesterday.
Main Street in Ottawa is not the main street. It's a busy enough street, particularly during weekdays, but it's not the lifeblood of a city like Bank, Elgin, Wellington, Somerset, or Bronson might be deemed. It's the legacy of a time when the area of Ottawa East was its own separate municipality, on the east side of the Rideau Canal as it ventures towards the downtown core. The street is still called Main Street, a century after Ottawa East was absorbed into the larger city, running between the area of the 417 and south to where it crosses the Rideau River and ends up becoming Smyth Road. The campus for Saint Paul University can be found here.
I walked down this road one summer day and paused to take some photographs, including a park with a different kind of entrance and lovely flowerbeds. Bees were busy among the flowers.
These huge snowball blossoms are a fixture in many gardens through the city during summer; these were at a house along the street.
These gates for the neighbourhood to the east serve a second purpose, with engraved plaques in English and French that date back to the aftermath of the Second World War. They are a local war memorial.
Down the street, near to where a bridge crosses the Rideau River, stands this building. It is the embassy for Cuba.