Visiting the Netherlands 2012

Visiting the Netherlands 2012

Although we had a few moments of concern when we learned that Copenhagen’s Metro ticket vending machines only took coins and not plastic, our flight from Copenhagen to Amsterdam was uneventful. Danish and Swedish portion of our vacation travels can be viewed at our Copenhagen, Denmark entry. Continue reading

Dining at the Canal Ritz

Dining at the Canal Ritz

My brother and I had had a nice visit with my father in the nursing home. After a bit of discussion our next destination became the Rideau Canal. Being the visitor, he got the co-pilot seat while I got to sit in the back and enjoy a bit of photographing as we drove along the Queensway. Harvesting on the NCC land was underway. Continue reading

Town of Roskilde, Denmark

Town of Roskilde, Denmark (Location)

We had caught a train from Copenhagen in the morning and were now in the town of Roskilde, Denmark. It is a neat little town that we walked through to get to our primary destination – the Viking Ship Museum. It has a quiet European town feel and apparently at least one vintage car.

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Hog’s Back Falls/Les Chutes De Hogs Back, Ottawa, Ontario

Hog’s Back Falls/Les Chutes De Hogs Back, Ottawa, Ontario (Location)

The morning had started pretty early for me since Adell was taking an early morning flight to Winnipeg and that meant driving her to the airport for about 5:30AM. I knew from publications of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) and from seeing the water levels of the Jock River for the recent Jock River Canoe-Kayak race that water levels in the Rideau River waterway were lower than normal for this time of the year. There had also been a bit of discussion in recent newscasts about the impact of recent budget cuts on the timing of the opening of the Rideau Canal. Since I was already up bright and early and driving around, I decided that it would be as good as time as any to head over to Hog’s Back Falls and see what impact the water levels were having on the appearance of that bit of the Rideau River. Continue reading

Winterlude 2012 – Skating on the Rideau Canal

Winterlude 2012 – Skating on the Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal is billed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and maintains bragging rights as the World’s largest skating rink. In a good year, the frozen canal surface provides an enjoyable skating experience from the Rideau Locks by the Ottawa Convention Center all the way to Dow’s Lake. How long the skating surface is, or how large the skating surface is at any given point in time during the winter, is highly weather dependent (Ice conditions). Continue reading

Tulips, Tulips and More Tulips – Rideau Canal and Dow’s Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

Thursday and the tulips are all ready just waiting for the weekend crowds.
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Major Hill’s Park – Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Ontario – Day 7, May 12th, 2011

After watching the 110 foot Fair Jeanne brigantine ship going through the locks of the Rideau Canal for a bit, I headed off to Major’s Hill Park.

I had been told that there was far too much ‘infrastructure’ and not enough tulips at Major’s Hill Park so I was looking forward to seeing for myself. The first tent that I encountered, as I entered from the Rideau Canal side of the park, was a teepee of the Aboriginal Experiences folks. Hard to say that this was tulip related, but since I enjoy seeing the aboriginal demonstrations, I was happy to stop and watch. Today, the individual was demonstrating some wood carving techniques and providing demonstrations of how the interesting-looking work horse could be foot-operated to hold the materials thus leaving both hands free for the carving work.
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Brigantine Fair Jeanne Passing Through the Locks – Ottawa, Ontario

My interest today was photographing the tulips of Parliament Hill and Major’s Hill Park.

After leaving the tulip beds on Parliament Hill, I headed over to Major’s Hill Park but first had to stop at the locks of the Rideau Canal. This series of locks lift boats up from the level of Ottawa River and is the beginning of the Rideau Canal System and is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.
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Canada Day 2010

Canada Day 2010

Canada Day (July 1st, 2010) started off with a visit with my father.  They had a group BBQ planned at Stonehaven Manor where he resides and we all joined him for hamburgers.  After lunch we sat in the sunshine and talked for a bit.  Not sure if he was falling asleep on me or just squinting to keep the bright sun out of his eyes but I think a bit of both.

My father soaking up a bit of sunshine on Canada Day

This year our children (now grown) were all heading off with their own agendas so my wife and I headed into downtown Ottawa to see what was going on in the Nation’s Capital.

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UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, British Columbia

UBC Museum of Anthropology

UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, British Columbia

Many of the totem poles in the Museum came from the village of Ninslits (Skungwa’ai) on the Queen Charlotte Islands which is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Update: In 2009, the Queen Charlotte Islands were renamed Haida Gaii (“Islands of the People”) as part of a reconciliation agreement between government and the Haida people. Continue reading