Canada, Ottawa – In the Capital
Ottawa is a pretty big city. You can do there a lot of things. Today we look at some landmarks like museums, galleries or so.
A city of almost million people is to be found near the US border. It is only about 88 kilometers to Vermont, so about an hour long ride. But lets get back to Ottawa. In the article, you may notice very interesting flag of Ottawa. It is a letter “O” that should resemble a maple leaf and also have this vibe feeling and look merry. Well, decide for yourselves.
One of city’s major attractions is je Peace Tower, a 92-meter tower in the Gothic revival style is decorated with more than 300 gargoyles and other grotesque figures. This clock tower was built to be a memorial to Canadians who died during the first world war. Inside, there is a memorial chamber with stained glass. Also there is a book with names of soldiers who died in wars since the WWI to the war in Korea.
Other important buildings in Ottawa make it clear you are in the capital. Some say that influence of other cities such as Toronto or Montreal. True or not you will have lots to see in the city.
Except for Peace Tower we mention Connaught Building. When you see it you think if there really are castles in Canada. The building was built in the beginning of 20th century and was designed by David Ewart. He is the man whose buildings are everywhere around Canada. For example, he designed Royal Military College of Canada, Ontario or beautiful building of Prince Edward, Saskatchewan.
Well, back to Connaught Building. It is built in the so called Tudor Gothic and operates as a governmental building. One of the reasons why it was built was to strengthen federal presence and the place is even today very popular place for tourists.
Absolute icing on the cake of Ottawa architecture is the parliamentary building on Parliament Hill. An important part of it is also the Peace Tower. Originally, a military base was standing on Parliamentary Hill. Its strategic location was one of the most important features why the parliament was built there. The works started towards the end of the 1950s and the buildings in the Gothic Revival style were completed in the 1970s.
In 1916, the central part of parliamentary complex faced a large fire. Twelve hours of fire caused building to burn down. A subsequent massive reconstruction peaked with completion of the Peace Tower in 1927.
To be continued...
GPS: 45°25'14.1"N 75°41'39.2"W
Text: Maxim Kucer
Foto: Wikimedia Commons: Peregrine981, Padraic, Trappy, Dickbauch, Shanta Rohse, Zscout370
Today we will head across the US border to Canada. Together we will visit the small picturesque town of Vernon, which is perfect for relaxation. For example, there are beautiful nature parks or you can ride in a stagecoach like from the Wild West on one of the once largest ranches in British Columbia. It is also worth mentioning the local attractions in the form of a train made of apple crates. Alpacas that were brought here from the South American Andes are also waiting for you. And if you would like a little adrenaline, then you will definitely enjoy the local water slides.
Toronto is one of the most sought-after Canadian cities in the Czech Republic, as it is located in the eastern part of the country, and is therefore a few hours closer to us than cities in the west. From the Czech Republic you can get to Toronto by direct flight from Prague. You will probably arrive at Toronto International Pearson Airport, which is a larger airport and serves most flights to and from Europe. There is another smaller Toronto Island airport in Toronto, but it is used more for domestic flights and flights to nearby cities in the USA.
Vancouver Island is in the Pacific Ocean. It lies near Vancouver near its shore. It is also part of British Colombia.
Vancouver and its surroundings is filled with greenery. There are many parks, golf courses, forests, trees and skyscrapers.
Vancouver, a port city, is to be found in southwestern British Colombia, a Canadian province. The city is surrounded by area known as Lower Mainland. Some city districts are within the said area. This was problem for us when we entered an address to the navigation as Vancouver makes only a part of this territory.
The Sea to Sky freeway running between Squamish and Whistler (BC) offers you wonderful vistas. Don’t, however, let it to decoy away from the turn to Garibaldi Lake. It would be simply a sin to not to see Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Mountain village of Whistler is to be found in western Canada (BC). It is built to the middle of forest surrounded by high mountains. This place used to be possessed by other creatures – black bears. Righteously so they peak into the village. Simply put: Whistler is the land of bears.
When one says the Rocky Mountains do you know what mountains he is talking about? The so called Rockies embellish western part of North America.
Last time we learned about some of Ottawa’s architectonic sights. Of course, the best thing is to see Ottawa on your own. Today, we continue in our wanders in the city and certainly you will learn something interesting.
We have already spent some time with Canada on our travellers’ website. Mostly, however, we have taken you to its nature. Today we go to the city. As the name of the article suggest, our destination for today is Toronto.
Last week we concluded our story about Toronto with a short mention of Ontario Science Center. It would be pity to don’t spend more time at this great institution.
In Canada's southwest corner, near the US border, there is a city which is central to our today's article.
Our journey across the second largest country in the world takes us to the capital of Alberta province today.
South hills of Whistler village we have came to known already. But what can we find in the north? Around the village there are many bike trails called Valley Trails. The area is quiet, only the road no 99 (Pemberton - Vancouver) runs across it.
Calgary is a city people known mostly for its team the Calgary Flames. The city is located in the western part of Canada, in the province of Alberta.
When we asked at tourist information center, Whistler, where to hike in the area, the recommendations of the lady at the reception were same as the recommendations we got from our friends. They knew the area around Whistler very well. The weather got much better after two days. Therefore we decided for the most difficult trip in the area – to Wedgemount Lake located high in the mountains.
One of the roads in the Banff National Park where you wont meet more than several dozens of people are roads around Bow Lake. We arrived at lake at 7:00 and parked our car by Num-Ti-Jah Lodge (there is a parking lot with dry toilets). Mountains were mysterious, still in morning mist, and sun was hidden behind mountain peaks. Local atmosphere was silent, and really freezing – hat and gloves are necessary.
Another great place of Jasper NP is about 29 km southwards off the town of Jasper. You will get there by following an ascending road going through dense forest. There are many turns and a parking lot at the end in 1762 m. There starts the Trail below Mount Edith Cavell.
Should you be a person loving mountains, a person that is or has been in western Canada, you certainly know about Jasper National Park. It might have been one of the reasons why you visited the country.
Should you plan to do some hikes in Canada to see thick forests and green hills, and experience some adrenalin, or meet local residents – moose, bear, and there are many of them. They say you meet here more bears than people. You have to see Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Colombia.
Are you of excellent fitness? Are you tourist that really enjoys it? Regardless the two options, we have a trip that will give you the best view of the town of Jasper and gorgeousness of the national park of the same name surrounding it. The hike is to the Mt. Whistlers (2466 m).
Every tourist heading to Rocky Mountains, Canada certainly visits Banff National Park that has a center in the town of the same name.
Canada is the second largest country in the world. It covers part of North America, neighbors wit...