Confederation Park is a short walk away from Parliament Hill, occupying a block of land. Several military monuments are to be found here, along with this totem pole, seen on a cold clear day after the beginning of spring. The National Arts Centre looms in the background.
This fountain is one of the monuments, cordoned off over the winter. It's dedicated to Lieutenant Colonel John By, the British military engineer who oversaw the building of the Rideau Canal and who has been deemed the founder of Ottawa.
A short walk away, this plaque is mounted to a slab of rock, honouring Canadian airmen of the Second World War who lost their lives in operations over Poland.
The oldest and the newest monuments of the park are together.
This cenotaph honours local soldiers who served and died in the South African War.
The Animals In War Memorial is dedicated to animals that have served in war, with plaques alongside a life sized statue of a military service dog. Less easily seen are tracks in the pavement- horseshoes and dog prints.
I wasn't able to take a picture, but there was a passerby with a German shepherd who took a photograph of his dog standing face to face with this fellow.
The last of the monuments in the park is the biggest. This is the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument. Designed by indigenous artist Lloyd Pinay, it pays tribute to all indigenous veterans of the country. On the granite block are four warriors back to back, four animals around them- the bear, the wolf, the elk, and the bison- and an eagle at the top. I find that the monument is best photographed in morning.
The Animals In War Memorial speaks well of the Canadian spiritReplyDelete
The Aboriginal Veterans Monument is an amazing bit of work.ReplyDelete
That was well designed.Delete
Thank you for sharing this. It is very impressive, especially the last one and great to also honor the animals.ReplyDelete
What might the real dog´ve thought?
Animals are too often forgotten victims of wars...ReplyDelete
Nice with the totem pole.ReplyDelete
I think so.Delete
When one learns the reasons for the design of the totem pole and the significance of it all, it becomes an incredible experience, tinged with reverence and empathy and is really quite profound.ReplyDelete
It will look better in mid-May. 😇ReplyDelete
I'll miss winter.Delete
Nice monuments and sculptures. I especially love the totem and the dog. Take care, enjoy your day!ReplyDelete
...this is a fabulous park!ReplyDelete
That last monument is a beauty.ReplyDelete
Son de diferentes estilos, pero todos son obras de arte. El primero, me parece bastante original.ReplyDelete
Wonderful shots of the monuments in winter comditions.ReplyDelete
It would be hard to pick a favourite from these monuments. Thanks for showing them, William.ReplyDelete
Oh wonderful wintery photos and marvelous tributes with statues ~ of course, especially like the dog oneReplyDelete
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Of course the dog!Delete
I love the totem pole.ReplyDelete
The totem pole is nice to see.ReplyDelete
You find amazing statues! It'd be interesting to compare the views in various seasons!ReplyDelete
I'll have to remember on some summer day.Delete
The totem pole is wonderful.ReplyDelete
Yes it is.Delete
I like that totem pole!!ReplyDelete