Fall is upon us, and so I decided to switch out my header yesterday for an autumn view taken last October at the Champlain Lookout over on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, in Gatineau Park.
Continuing on with the museum visit, panels and displays examine steel, which has been with us for a very long time, and which today has many variants.
I then moved into an area concerning itself with transportation- of many kinds.
This is an amphicar, the only consumer type ever produced, dating from 1961.
Overhead were bicycles.
This being Canada, of course there were snowmobiles, which have evolved over time in design specs to look like what we generally have today, at right.
Winter is a preoccupation in Canada, and this pillar puts things in perspective, showing the average snowfall in Canadian cities each year. St. John's tops the list. Ottawa gets a lot. Places in the Prairie heartland get less, but that's because they have a drier climate, and they get a similar brutal cold as we do. Toronto, of course, has television forecasters who panic at the first sign of a snowflake and predict the end of the world and say it's time to eat your dead.
One way of getting out and about in winter is on snowshoes. These are contemporary ones.
These are more of the traditional type.
The Huron-Wendat Museum in Quebec City takes visitors on snowshoe hikes in the winter. This is one place I've never been to, though I have been in Quebec City.
Another kind of transport- ships of the ocean going variety. These models include a sailing ship, a freighter, a ferry, and a cruise ship.