Ottawa: The Calm before the Storm

I was in Ottawa two days before our PM Stephen Harper went over to the GG house Rideau Hall to announce that he was dissolving Parliament and that we’d be heading to the polls October 14. Everything looked calm and quiet outside 24 Sussex Drive, the Harper residence:


As a Westerner, this is only my second visit to our nation’s capital, all due to the fact that our son is attending university in Ontario. So, this is our second year sending him off. After 30 some years in Canada, I’ve been hiding out in the West until now. Is this indicative of western alienation? Umm… Hard to say, but the truth is, I’d been to Washington, D.C. even before I set foot in Ottawa. All you Ontario folks, I know what’s on your mind: From the West, eh?

No matter, I’m just as proud and impressed now that I’ve seen the Parliament buildings and other honourable establishments of our nation. Here are some of them.

The Parliament Building:

The Parliament and the Library from The Ottawa River:


And for someone whose only contact with the court of law is from watching Boston Legal, actually setting foot in The Supreme Court of Canada is truly an awesome experience:





Other landmarks: Chateau Laurier


Notre-Dame Basilica


The Museum of Civilization


              Au revoir Ottawa … Now, let the Games begin.



All pictures taken by Arti of Ripple Effects

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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

One thought on “Ottawa: The Calm before the Storm”

  1. Looks beautiful! I’ve never been to Ottawa. All of my Canadian visits were out west, too, until I went to Toronto a few years ago for a conference. I haven’t been to Quebec city yet, either, and really want to see that. It’s not that far from me here in Massachusetts, I guess, but when doe one have the time to travel?!

    writinggb: I haven’t been to Quebec either. We were thinking of driving up to Montreal from Ottawa but time was limited. Maybe same time next year. Bet it’s much easier for you to get there, even though from the U.S. than for me, out here in western Canada. Thanks for stopping by.



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