With the formal tour over, I got a chance to head up to the viewing platform in the Peace Tower. This view looks off to the east, with the National Gallery and Major's Hill Park prominent. The wooded area you see in the distance is the property around Rideau Hall.
Looking southeast takes in the Connaught Building, the Chateau Laurier, and the Government Conference Centre across the Canal, and the East Block in the foreground.
I looked down upon the skating rink out on the lawn of the Hill, where people were on the ice. The windows here and on the west side had a slightly foggy look- the deep cold of that day had that effect on the glass.
A view to the southwest takes in the West Block.
A panel here has some information on the Tower.
These are views to the west, where much of the Ottawa River is frozen over. A channel of it does tend to stay open through the winter, coming downstream from the Chaudiere Falls. The Supreme Court can be seen along the bluff west of the Parliamentary district.
I finish with a view to the north towards Gatineau. The Library of Parliament is in the foreground. Tomorrow I'll show you the Memorial Chamber.