A couple of weeks back, on a clear, cold Sunday afternoon, I paid a visit to the Ottawa Convention Centre, on the east side of the Rideau Canal. It's otherwise called the Shaw Centre, but I prefer the former title, as I personally dislike corporate naming rights. The building has been here since 2011, having had replaced the former Ottawa Congress Centre. It consists of four levels, with promenades on each level looking out on the city, while the meeting rooms within the building go from big enough to fit thirty people to one the size of an aircraft hanger. The massive glass wall is a particular visual treat for the photographer, with its wonderful views and design. This first view looks north from the second floor.
A second view from this level looks across the Canal to the National Arts Centre.
I ascended to the third floor, where I looked at the Mackenzie King Bridge crossing the Canal. Beyond that is Confederation Park, with City Hall and the provincial courthouse in the background.
Cars were parked on display here. Within the largest space nearby, a trade show was going on. No, it wasn't an auto show. It was something else, which I'll be showing you in some posts after the beginning of the month.
Here we have a view looking towards Parliament Hill. The chairs are a regular fixture. I should really come in here sometime for a sunset view.
Here we take in a view at the south side of the government's Conference Centre. Once the main train station, it has for decades served as a meeting place for the federal government. Later this year it will house the Senate for some years. Final work is being done inside and around the building.
On the north side of the Conference Centre is the Chateau Laurier. The two buildings were built at the same time, as the hotel was meant to be a railway hotel. A tunnel still links them.
I didn't go up to the fourth floor, which is primarily used as a ballroom. This is a view coming down the escalator.
This is new since the last time I'd been in here. A canoe hangs near the first floor entrance.
Outside, that big glass wall makes for a good photo subject.
And here we have a view of the building from the other side of the Canal.