I carry on with favourite shots of the year, this time focusing on Gatineau, Quebec, across the Ottawa River. I start with this view taken from the observation deck in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, looking towards our neighbouring city.
Gatineau also takes part in Winterlude in Feburary each year. Jacques Cartier Park, on the shoreline of the river, becomes a giant snow playground with slides and sculptures.
The Tulip Festival makes its presence here as well, with these beds looking colourful in May.
Near Jacques Cartier Park is the Canadian Museum of History, and I visited on occasion through the year. Here we see the entrance of the exhibit wing with tulips in the foreground.
During one of those visits, I looked in on a temporary exhibit about archaeology in Quebec. It included displays about the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, a maritime disaster that proportionately speaking was worse than the Titanic.
I was at the Museum on Canada Day, and each time I visit, I spend time with Morning Star. This glorious abstract mural by the First Nations artist Alex Janvier hangs high over the Museum's grand gallery, and cheers me up especially when I need it. It's my favourite work of art in the National Capital region.
One summer day I went for a walkabout in Gatineau, and wandered through streets I hadn't been in before. They included this scene.
And a short distance away I came along some parkland on the shoreline of the Ottawa River, just upstream from the Chaudiere Falls. This park included a sculpture installation of a beached boat and animals curious about it.
These last two shots are from my Christmas series, and a visit to the Museum of History I made in December. I'll be featuring that visit extensively this month. Here's the main entrance, with a Christmas tree mounted in what is usually a water feature.
Inside, this view looks down to the Grand Hall.