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Montreal & Ottawa - Day 9 - Ottawa, ON
12 Aug 2011
On day 9, we headed back over to the Hull section of Gatineau, QC, to take a ride on the Paula D down the Ottawa River. Afterward we explored Gatineau and walked across the Interprovincal Bridge to Ottawa. We of course, then had to walk back since our car was in Gatineau. We planned to go see Mosaika, the light show that is shown on the facade of the Center Block of Parliament each night during the summer. As we walked past parliament on our way to dinner we saw a lot of military presence at Parliament. We stopped and discovered Fortissimo, an annual military band demonstration was going to start in an hour. So we skipped dinner and stayed at Parliament straight through until Mosaika later that night. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

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DAY 8 | MONTREAL & OTTAWA INDEX | DAY 10
09-001 Interprovincial Bridge 09-005 Supreme Court 09-007 Museum of Canadian Civilization
The Interprovincial Bridge connects Ottawa, Ontario to Gatineau, Quebec
The Supreme Court Building, sits along the Ottawa River
Museum of Canadian Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec
09-016 Interprovincial Bridge 09-017 Place du Portage III 09-019 Parliament
The Interprovincial Bridge connects Ottawa, Ontario to Gatineau, Quebec
Place du Portage III is the the second largest concentration of civil service employees in the world. The first is the Pentagon.
Parliment, seen from the Ottawa River
09-021 Museum of Modern Art & Notre Dame Basilica 09-023 National Archives 09-026 World Exchange Plaza
Museum of Modern Art with the spires of Notre Dame Basilica in the background
The National Archives of Canada
The ball on top of World Exchange Plaza moves across the building throughout the day to display the time
09-027 Parliament Library 09-028 Fairmont Chateau Laurier 09-029 Canadian Mint
TThe Library of Parliament is the only part that survived the fire. It is also the most ornate.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel and the locks of the Rideau Canal
The Canadian Mint produced the medals for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
09-030 Boat Houses 09-031 Rideau Falls 09-033 Rideau Falls
Ottawa's boathouses remind me of boathouse row in Philadelphia
The Rideau Falls were named because they looked like curtains. The Rideau River was later named after the falls.
The Rideau Falls were named because they looked like curtains. The Rideau River was later named after the falls.
09-035 Rideau Falls 09-036 Rideau Falls 09-040 Prime Minister's Residence
No zoom lens here, we were really this close to the Rideau Falls.
No zoom lens here, we were really this close to the Rideau Falls.
Prime Minister's Residence
09-043 Ottawa River & Gatineau 09-044 Saint Frances de Sales Church 09-045 Lady Aberdeen Bridge
Gatineau, Quebec, as seen from the Ottawa River
Saint Frances de Sales Church in Gatineau, Quebec
Lady Aberdeen Bridge was named because Lady aberdeen nearly drowned there
09-048 Rockcliffe Lookout 09-049 US Ambassador's Residence 09-050 Rockcliffe Marina
Rockcliffe Lookout provides a great view of the Ottawa River and Gatineau, Quebec
United States Ambassador's Residence
Rockcliffe Boathouse is a floating restaurant
09-053 POGO (YFL-104) 09-054 Paula D 09-055 Sculpture Garden
The Pogo (YFL-104) was an auxillery vessel of the HMCS Labrador, the first ship to patrol the North
We took a tour of the Ottawa River aboard the Paula D
Sculpture Garden at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec
09-056 Sculpture Garden 09-057 Hockey Statue 09-058 Stop Sign
Sculpture Garden at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec
It wouldn't be Canada without a statue of a hickey player!
One of the few French language signs that I understand
09-061 Sculpture Garden & Parliament 09-063 Sculpture Garden 09-064 Parliament
Sculpture Garden at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec
Sculpture garden at Museum of Canadian Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec with the Interprovincial Bridge in the background
Parliament Hill seen from Museum of Canadian Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec
09-074 Interprovincial Bridge 09-078 Locks 09-080 Interprovincial Bridge
Walking across the Interprovincial Bridge provides great views and some excercise
The locks of the Rideau canal
Walking across the Interprovincial Bridge provides great views and some excercise
09-085 Gun 09-088 Flag Raising 09-092 Video Screen
Croawds (and large guns) gather for Fortissimo 2011
The flag is raised as Fortissimo 2011 begins
Waiting for the show to begin at Fortissimo 2011
09-093 German Band 09-094 German Flag 09-096 Canadian Band
This year's Fortissimo features bands of the German armed forces
I didn't expect to go to Canada to see German flags being waved
Fortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their best
09-097 Canadian Band 09-101 Fortissimo Sign 09-103 Soldiers
Fortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their best
Fortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their best
Fortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their best
09-104 Soldiers 09-107 Canadian Band 09-109 Drum Major
Fortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their best
Fortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their best
Gotta love bagpipers!
09-110 Canadian Band 09-111 Dancers 09-112 Dancers
You've got to like dress uniforms that feature fur
There is dancing at Fortissimo as well
Yes, those dancers are all in the air. Yes, the shot was intentional!
09-115 Bagpipers 09-117 Bagpipers 09-118 Canadian Band
There's nothing like bagpipes
Fortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their best
Fortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their best
09-120 Bermudan Band 09-121 Bermudan Band 09-125 German Band
The Bermuda Regiment band also attended Fortissimo
The Bermuda Regiment band also attended Fortissimo
German Army Band
09-126 German Band 09-129 German Band 09-132 Canadian Band
German Navy & Army Bands
German Navy & Army Bands
Fortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their bestFortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their best
09-133 Canadian & Bermudan Bands 09-134 Canadian Band 09-136 Cannon Fire
Canadian & Bermudan bands perform together
Fortissimo 2011 displays Canadian military bands at their best
What's a military drill show without cannon fire?
09-139 Canadian Band 09-140 Cannon 09-143 Parliament
Canadian Forces bands pause for a vocal performance
Canadians take event security very seriously
Waitinf on the lawn of Parliament for Mosaika to start
09-147 Peace Tower 09-150 Mosaika 09-151 Mosaika
Peace Tower is lit up prior to the start of Mosaika
Mosaika is an incredible light show that is projected onto the Center Block of Parliament
Mosaika is an incredible light show that is projected onto the Center Block of Parliament
09-154 Mosaika 09-156 Mosaika 09-158 Mosaika
Mosaika is an incredible light show that is projected onto the Center Block of Parliament
Mosaika is an incredible light show that is projected onto the Center Block of Parliament
Mosaika is an incredible light show that is projected onto the Center Block of Parliament
09-160 Mosaika 09-163 Mosaika 09-164 Mosaika
Mosaika is an incredible light show that is projected onto the Center Block of Parliament
Mosaika is an incredible light show that is projected onto the Center Block of Parliament
Mosaika is an incredible light show that is projected onto the Center Block of Parliament

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