In the first half of December I spent time showing you a full tour of Centre Block on Parliament Hill, as the building is closing down this month for several years of rehabilitation work. On the day I took that tour, the city was covered by fog, and so I decided that at some point over the Christmas holidays I would return for a visit up to the observation deck in the Peace Tower on a clear day. That day came two days before Christmas, a cold but sunny day that brought me back to Parliament Hill.
The current Centre Block is the second of its kind, having had replaced the first one after its destruction by fire in 1916. This one is in the Gothic style that matches the other Parliamentary blocks in the precinct. The observation deck is directly beneath the clock faces, visible in this approach as a set of windows between the clock and the grotesques that jut out from the corners of the Tower.
I started up from the check in area, and headed up a staircase to the level where the entrance to the Peace Tower and Memorial Chamber can be found. This is a view looking up. Incidentally, there are elevators in the building for those who have need of them.
Up at that level and close to the entrance, I photographed down into Confederation Hall one flight down. This space is the axis point of Centre Block, and was decorated for the holidays. Views of the space are plentiful from up here, and views of the carvings and displays accompany them in the following photographs. I continue with this over the coming days.