Sunday, November 21, 2021

War Museum

The Canadian War Museum lies at the heart of Lebreton Flats. It has been here at its current location since 2005, with the building housing the story of Canada's involvement in wars at home and around the world. The architecture reminds me of a bunker, a ship, or a bomber plane depending on how one looks at it or the time of day. Entirely appropriate for its purposes. I paid a visit early this month, assuming that on Remembrance Day the museum would have protocols in place making veterans and active service people the priority in terms of visitors. Fall colours were still shining.

The parkland to the south of the building is lined with maple trees in full red.

Inside, the temporary exhibit that was here when I last visited in the summer has been extended to next September. Forever Changed tells the story of the Second World War through various people who lived through it. I found it a very effective and affecting exhibit for its use of personal stories, and that was the case again this time.

Here are some of the people to be met throughout the exhibit.

One of the first items we actually see is this. This is a Polsten anti-aircraft gun made in Canada and used by British and Canadian troops throughout the European theatre.

Items behind it include a worn flag from the corvette H.M.C.S. Arrowhead, a pennant from the days of victory bonds, and a sculpture.

The sculpture is a woman in the work place. With so many men off to war, the number of women working outside of the home doubled during the war.

An unusual item but found often in wartime industries: an ear as a reminder to mind what you said, as it was never known if the enemy might be among you.

Edith Vollrath was one of many Canadian women who stepped up during the war and worked in wartime production.

Below we find a signed book and ceremonial tray given to Annie Laing, who was chosen to launch the H.M.C.S. Runnymede, a warship that took part in the Battle of the Atlantic, escorting merchant ships across to Europe. She sent eight sons to war; one would return with post traumatic stress and another would be killed at sea.



  1. The raspberry-colored tree is a stunner!

  2. War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin'!

  3. Hello,
    The maple trees are gorgeous! I am not a fan of war.
    Happy Sunday, have a great new week!

  4. Those maple trees are absolutely fantastic.

  5. @Linda: thanks.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Stefan: alas it is out there.

    @ashok: ideally, yes.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Gemel: definitely.

  6. One of the outcomes of the war was the greater prominence in the workforce accorded to women. Equality has not yet been fully achieved, but we are getting close.

  7. ...women never seem to get the recognition that they deserve!

  8. Love that row of red maples. So appropriate in that location.

  9. Se ve moderno el edificio. es bueno acudir a él, para conocer la historia de ese país.

    Lo que más me ha gustado de tus fotografías es ese hermoso árbol, cargados de hojas de un maravilloso color.

  10. Fascinating museum and beautiful grounds.

  11. @David: quite true.

    @Tom: so it seems.

    @Marie: definitely.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Jeanie: I agree.

    @Magiceye: I thought so.

  12. Wow, that row of trees is spectacular.

  13. I am reluctant to visit Ottawa these days. Thanks for showing it off for us!

  14. It is good to see the women featured.

  15. Those red maple trees are beautiful!

  16. Great tribute to 'war' ~ Prefer the red maple tress in all its glory ~ wishing for Peace forever ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. @Sharon: very much so.

    @Jennifer: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: I agree.

    @Bill: indeed.

    @Carol: thanks.

  18. War museum... You can't fool me. That's a spaceship!

    Thanks for sharing the photos here. It's important to remember these things, so we do not repeat them.

  19. Oh my so much history here. A grand place to learn such important history, thanks so much.

  20. Those maple trees are beautiful. I still enjoy our neighbor's here every day.

  21. A very moving post. I can remember my mom taking us kids to the post office as she sent care packages to the front lines. :-)

  22. I remember the old Flats. We haven't been able to get to the war museum yet. How are your "battle scars" doing?

  23. Women really stepped up, they were hard working and industrious.