Sunday, December 27, 2020

Confederation Square

Picking up where I left off yesterday, this looks at the Parliamentary block housing the Prime Minister's offices. As it is on the south side of Wellington Street, it therefore has the unusual distinction of being the only Parliamentary block not actually on the Hill itself. 

Another look back at Centre Block.

This building is directly across from Centre Block, also on the south side of Wellington. It used to be the American embassy, but when they moved out, the Canadian government took possession. It is now being transformed into a centre for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people, at the heart of federal power. The work should probably take two or three more years, and the transformation itself is all internal.

I started heading towards the nearby War Memorial. Pausing here by the prime minister's block, I photographed the wall bathed in light.

The War Memorial is at the very heart of Confederation Square, a wedge shaped area surrounded by landmarks. Christmas lights are lit up this time of year, for a month, between early December and early January.

The Memorial makes itself more clear here. In the background stands the Government Conference Centre, where the Senate is temporarily housed during work on the Hill.

From this spot on the Memorial grounds, the National Arts Centre comes into full view.

This view of the Memorial includes the Chateau Laurier in the background.


  1. HI William, I am going off the air for a while but wanted to pop by and wish you a Happy New Year.

  2. Hello,
    The lights are so pretty, Lovely photos!
    Take care, have a great new week!

  3. Hmmmm... lovely. Very beautiful, we don´t have this, thank you for sharing!

  4. Beautiful decor now if only there were people there!

  5. ...a colorful time of year to be there!

  6. Ottawa looks quite happy and festive with all those lights.

  7. There is something heartwarming about the lights!

  8. All these lights could cause a power outage!!!

  9. I love the way the buildings are lit up.

  10. Nice to see the place all lighted up, especially as people are trying to cope with Covid.

  11. Incredible. I do hope people were out and were able to view. Tweeted.

  12. @Joan: Happy New Year.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Iris: you're welcome.

    @Magiceye: it was relatively quiet.

    @Tom: very much so.

  13. @Jan: it does.

    @Jennifer: I agree.

    @Red: I'd hate to see the hydro bill.

    @Sharon: I do as well.

    @Revrunner: I agree.

    @Mari: not as many as in normal years.

  14. You do night shots so well ~ lovely holiday decorations

    Enjoy each moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. Those purples and blues are really pretty!

  16. Those are all very grand buildings and monuments, think I might put my lights in trees next year.