Reminders to those in the Ottawa area. The Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the Museum of Science and Technology wraps up on September 2nd. I went yesterday and enjoyed it. And the Gauguin Portraits exhibit at the National Gallery comes to a conclusion on September 8th.
On the same day as my cemetery visit, I kept walking, heading for downtown Guelph along Woolwich Street. Some of the homes around Guelph are quite old (brand new by European standards). This 1866 limestone house has been designated a cultural heritage building by the city.
The Dominion Public Building here in Guelph started life in the 1930s as federal government office space, and today is used by the County of Wellington.
By the time I got down here, the skies were growing dark and ominous. This street view gives a sense of that. Guelph's war memorial is at left.
The memorial is an impressive one, with names of locals who have died in service on plaques to one side.
This being the home town of John McCrae, his poem is inscribed on a plaque.
Another view of the dark skies. I kept walking.
The above location includes the Speed River, out of sight below the street surface. That street bridge can be seen in this shot, from a pedestrian bridge downstream.
And this view looks downstream as the Speed River heads towards its confluence with the Eramosa River, another local river.
Old Quebec Street is the name of a shopping and office complex that occupies what was once an extension of Quebec Street downtown in Guelph. It was once a smaller scale version of the Eaton Centre, but when that retail chain went out of business, the building seemed in trouble. The city acquired it, and a rethink and renovations were done. A hockey arena for the OHL Guelph Storm team was built onto the far side, and the interior was overhauled to feel more like a street, with retail on the ground floor and offices upstairs. It's a welcome change.
I took a bus back up to my father's retirement home. Those brooding skies were still the order of the day. The wooded area we see across the road is in fact Woodlawn Cemetery.
And this view looks east out of the guest bedroom. The Speed River is hidden by the treeline, and is down slope from the buildings here.