The views from the observation deck on the Peace Tower are splendid indeed. I was the first visitor up that morning, and so I was on the deck with one of the guides and a parliamentary police officer, as opposed to the usual being one of several visitors that you will tend to get as the day goes along. This looks east, over landmarks like the National Gallery, Notre Dame, Major's Hill Park, and the American embassy.
Looking to the southeast includes the East Block, with the Chateau Laurier and government Conference Centre across the Rideau Canal. The Senate will start meeting in the Conference Centre when the Christmas break comes to an end.
Looking closer at hand gives us some of the architectural features of the Tower and one of the panels about the bells inside it.
Another view looking east; the wooded area you can make out in the distance is the property at Rideau Hall.
The upper set of windows also have a lower set, ideal for kids or those in a wheelchair to have a look out.
Between the two levels on each side are panels indicating the landmarks out there.
Another look up affords a close up view of the clock faces. This is the one on the south side of the tower that you see as you approach the building.
This is the view looking out from the south side. As it was morning, sunlight was shining in from here.
This view looks out to the southeast.
While this looks southwest towards West Block. We'll pick up with more of this tomorrow.