Sunday, June 2, 2019

Confederation Square And Spring

Confederation Square is downtown, at the intersection of Wellington and Elgin Streets, and has been described as the Canadian equivalent of Trafalgar Square. It forms roughly a wedge shape as Elgin Street splits to meet Wellington, and is bound by national institutions and landmarks. Tulips are found here in planters at the moment. Here we have the National Arts Centre in the background, with the Chateau Laurier in the distance.


Backtracking a bit to the south end of the NAC, this less dense bed of tulips is in the foreground, while the statue of master jazz musician Oscar Peterson lies beyond. The British High Commission is on the other side of Elgin Street.


This terrace is set off to the side on this side of the square. Muskoka chairs are set up at present among the planters. It looks out across the Rideau Canal to the Government Conference Centre at left, and the glass wall of the Ottawa Convention Centre at right.


Crossing the street onto the grounds of the National War Memorial, I took this view of the three buildings collectively called The Chambers.


Then I took in a view of the Memorial itself. This being Victoria Day, the Union Jack was flying at the right.


I crossed to the west side of the square, to take in this view of the Peace Tower and East Block. The building on the left is also a Parliamentary block, housing the offices of the prime minister. Tulip planters and sculptures are found here.

36 comments:

  1. The Trafalgar square doesn't have any Tulips and is not so nice anymore as it used to be ! Whole London has so much changed since the Olympics !

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  2. Confederation Square has some fine buildings.

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  3. Nice to see the architecture in Ottawa...

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  4. Today I go for those colorful sculptures.

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  5. I have spent many happy hours wandering around this area.

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  6. Hello, love the pretty tulips and sculpture. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week.

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  7. ...thanks for taking me on the tour of Ottawa's sights again.

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  8. Beautiful flowers blooming in stone! Life finds a way.

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  9. A very appropriate sculpture for this time of year...cute.

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  10. I'd rather have sculpture of Oscar Peterson than Horatio Nelson. The tulips and their sculptures are both very attractive.

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  11. Muskoka chairs is a nice name. Lovely photos, the terrace must be a nice place to sit.

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  12. It is a fine square and you showed it well, William!

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  13. Such beautiful architecture, flowers, sculpture and chairs which have another name on our side of the border!

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  14. Nicely done. You show off the building by using the tulips.

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  15. How beautiful the bright tulips look against those impressive buildings:)

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  16. Those tulip shaped planters are just so cute :)

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  17. Very nice tulip beds. Planters work well with tulips, it seems. I love those tulip sculptures, too. :-)

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  18. I think I can understand why Toronto is so crazy about tulips.

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  19. @Gattina: I'd still love to see Trafalgar Square.

    @Rosemary: yes it does.

    @Italiafinlandia: we have quite a mix.

    @Jan: I like them too.

    @David: I enjoy this spot.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Tom: you're welcome.

    @Sandi: indeed.

    @Janey: I agree.

    @Anvilcloud: thanks!

    @John: Oscar is one of the true greats.

    @Maywyn: that it is.

    @RedPat: thank you.

    @Barbara: I know!

    @Red: I like that angle.

    @Rosie: they do.

    @Sami: they are.

    @DJan: true.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Marie: I enjoyed showing it.

    @Revrunner: we love them.

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  20. The tulip sculptures are gorgeous.

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  21. i enjoy it when u have the blooms in the front ... city life in the back ... great shots. ( ;
    happy weekend.

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  22. The sculptures are a wonderful sight as well.

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  23. It's a wonderful place to visit!

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  24. I appreciate the whole lay out of the area!

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  25. Thank you for the nice tour, William.

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  26. @Bill: they are!

    @Beth: thanks.

    @Marleen: indeed.

    @Laurie: yes it is.

    @Cloudia: so do I.

    @Kay: you're welcome.

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  27. Whenever Rick rides to Ottawa, it is in the late summer. I wish he could be there to see the tulips in Confederation Square. I'm glad they have the sculptures there, too.

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  28. Looks like a great place to walk and enjoy!

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  29. Very nice seeing your selection today.
    Confederation Square has some fine looking buildings.

    All the best Jan

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  30. Tulip with a butterfly is the best.

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