Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The Museum

The Canadian War Museum tells the story of Canada's experience in warfare, at home and abroad. Since 2005 it has been headquartered west of the downtown core, at Lebreton Flats, in a building that evokes a gigantic bomber from some angles, or a massive bunker from others. It fits its subject perfectly. I paid a visit earlier this month in the lead up to Remembrance Day.

I first headed up onto the roof path, where much of the roof is occupied by long grasses, and the view looks towards the spires of Parliament Hill in the distance.

Appropriately, the path feels like a trench.

On the far side of the Museum, the view looks out over the nearby Ottawa River, with Gatineau on the far shore. Islands and the Chaudiere Falls lie between here and there, and on this particular morning, the rise of the Gatineau Hills was indistinct.


A side of the Museum I rarely photograph, but on this side it certainly feels more like a bunker.

I headed over onto the open bridge. This is one of the channels of the Ottawa River, with Parliament Hill directly ahead from here.

A view upstream. The water looks calm, but that's deceptive. When I was standing here the flow of the river was obvious.

Glancing back towards the Museum. There was just enough cloud in the sky to render the sun's presence in these shots an unusual one.

It was time to head in.


  1. A contemplative walk William. Thank youA contemplative walk William. Thank you

  2. Quite a contemporary style building.

  3. Wonderful shots. I like the sunny weather in this series, because it's dark and rainy overhere.

  4. Fantastic photos William, and you are right that walkway looks like entering a trench.

  5. What a beautiful day, the building is a cool design. Take care, have a wonderful day!

  6. The view across to Parliament Hill is a beauty.

  7. ...that building makes a bold statement.

  8. The views from there are wonderful.

  9. @Cloudia: thank you.

    @italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Jan: we have sun for the first time in days.

    @Gemel: very appropriate.

    @Jennifer: it really is.

    @Eileen: it works well.

    @Marie: I had just the right conditions.

    @Tom: that it does.

    @Sharon: I agree.

  10. The view of the building in the 1st shot is wonderful.

  11. Those aerial views are interesting!

  12. Great photos ~ awesome museum ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. No people in your photos! How did that happen? Interesting building design.

    1. It was early enough in the morning, and the only people on the site were inside.

  14. Beautiful views and musuem. Excellent photos, William.

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    1. I have to photograph it in the summer when the poppies are blooming.

  16. Well thought out and a fitting tribute to those who answered the call. Thank you for sharing this museum and always interesting area.

  17. Some beautiful sky mirrors in the lake too

  18. Kind of like the war museum in Waiouru in the North Island, similar buildings.

  19. A modern looking building, I enjoyed seeing your photographs.

    All the best Jan