Ontario Journals

The centre and the periphery

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An April 2010 trip to Ontario by MagdaDH_AlexH

Ottawa Photo, Ottawa, Ontario More Photos
Quote: Ottawa and Sioux Lookout, April 2010

Archetypal Canada: a reflection

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Canadian Shield Photo, Ontario, Canada
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I think I need to explain the idea behind this journal. I suppose the title: the centre and the periphery makes it self-explanatory to some degree: it's about juxtaposition, it's about contrast, it's about diversity. But there is more to it than just that. After all I could have picked any two places, one small and one big, or one at the east and one at the west extreme of the country. I think that Ottawa and Sioux Lookout work rather well together though. One is the the capital city of Canada, with a metro population of over a one and a half million people, one is a tiny municipality with about five thousand people.But they are both in Ontario: Ottawa lies at the eastern edge ...Read More

Ottawa impressions and attractions

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Ottawa Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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Ottawa was chosen as Canada's capital when Canada was still a British colony in 1857. This, incidentally, was a very clever decision by the Queen Victoria, carefully considered and designed to try and balance the French and British prides and placate the rivalry between Toronto and Montreal (it was only successful as it united both in derision towards Ottawa). Anyway, it was not, as some might lead you to believe, a choice based on Victoria's liking for a romanticised watercolour landscape of the town. When Canada became a nominally autonomous federal republic in 1867, Ottawa's role as a place that brings the provinces together became even more important. The variety in Canada's provinces ...Read More

Parliament Hill

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Attraction | "Federation's heart"

Parliament Hill Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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Ottawa's Parliament Hill is a complex of buildings which pretty much from the moment Ottawa was chosen as Canada's capital functioned as the heart of the administration of the country. The buildings themselves are Neo-Gothic and look like a mixture of London's Houses of Parliament and some Oxford Colleges: imposing, ornate and a bit forbidding, and yet quite beautiful if you get rid of the preconceptions which prescribe treating 19th century architecture with disdain if not outright contempt.East, Central and West block complete the old set, and all those buildings (as well as a simply magnificent library occupying a rotunda to the back of the Central Block, covered with a conical roof and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2010

Parliament Hill
Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2
(613) 239-5000

Canadian Museum of Civilization

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Attraction | "The best of its kind in Canada"

Canadian Museum of Civilization Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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The Canadian Museum of Civilisation in Ottawa (or rather, as it's over the river, in the Quebecois Gatienau) is a large and lavish anthropological museum occupying an extraordinary building designed by the Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal. The building has a prominent position on the riverside, opposite the Parliament Hill, almost as if it was making a statement about a relationship between the federal republic epitomised by the Hill and the peoples (and people) that create it, whose artefacts feature in the museum. It's a beautiful, striking building designed apparently to represent the lay of the land with the glaciers and the Canadian Shield as a prominent feature. The forms are org...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 21, 2010

Canadian Museum of Civilization
100 Laurier St.
Ottawa, Ontario J8X 4H2
(819) 776 7000

Canadian Shield Photo, Ontario, Canada
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The Canadian is Via Rail's flagship service, the train with a number 1, which runs cross-country and (almost) cross-continent between Toronto and Vancouver. It used to be a daily service with two trains, one on each of the southern (via Calgary) and northern (via Edmonton) routes. There are now three trains a week, covering the northern route only. The Canadian leaves Toronto at 10pm, and this is what I wrote on the day, waiting to board the train for the first leg of our trans-Canadian journey:"Anyway, we are ready to GO WEST. Actually, I know we have been going west (more or less) since we left Halifax, but somehow this feels like the real thing. The Canadian is supposed to b...Read More