Winter is known to be long in Canada. There the people there are even more happy about the first day in spring. On our last trip, we were lucky enough to enjoy the very day together with the residents of Ottawa, Ontario.
Actually, we had planned to spend a few days in Ottawa on the return journey from British Columbia, to look at the museums of the city there. Finally - what else can you expect at the beginning of April than the still rather cold weather in a country that declared winter to be its peak season? One way or another was our expectation of our five-day stay in the capital of Canada, which has some of the best museums in the country. How different, however, should it be?
A day in Ottawa in springtime - The residents of the capital of Canada celebrate the beginning of spring
It should, however, come differently than thought. Good, we were in Museum of Civilization, have ins War Museum and ins Diefenbunker Museum sniffed in, but all the other museums we had planned fell victim to the beautiful spring weather. This Sunday in April, we set off to explore the city, along with pretty much all the active residents of Ottawa. On the way we met young families, who enjoyed the first spring rays of the warming sun with their new born offspring. We watched families whose children sat down in front of the bronze women of the women's monument next to the parliament building, while their proud fathers called them camera or video. And we looked in astonishment at young men who used the first spring sun to jog around under Parliament Hill with flip-flops and shorts while we were still wearing a warm leather jacket and a windbreaker. Obviously, temperatures in Canada are different ...
We are infected by the joy of life of the people in Ottawa and stroll along the Rideau Canal in the direction of Pointe Nepean, from which Samuel de Champlain looks out on the Ottawa River, on which ice floes still drift. With beautiful views of the Basilica of Notre Dame in the lower city of Ottawa, the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Civilization on the other side of the Ottawa River, the imposing American Consulate and the elegant luxury Chateau Laurier we stroll to the bridge over the locks of the Rideau Canal and surround the spacious facilities of Parliament. Passing by statues of Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfried Laurier, who watches over the hotel named after him, and other political leaders of Canada, the path leads us around the Parliament building. On the way we discover an elegant equestrian statue of Queen Elizabeth II at a young age. She really looks good on horseback.
Next to it is the monument that we like best of all: a monument to the “Famous Five”. This means Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, and Henrietta Edwards. And the ladies are each honored with their own statue: the older lady with nickel glasses is Louise McKinney, who is talking animatedly with a matron (Henrietta Muir Edwards) on the delicate metal coffee table. Next to it is an impressive woman (Emily Murphy), whose chair invites the offspring of many Sunday strollers to climb up. And in front of it are two women’s rights activists holding up a pamphlet with their demands for more rights for women - Irene Parlby and Nelly McClung. These women have done remarkable things. They stood up for the rights of Canadian women and represented them in their provincial or even the federal government.
On the back of the parliament is the imposing library of the building. It is also the oldest part of Parliament, which was not damaged by the fire of 1916. On the front, the Peace Tower towers above the building. And in front of it there is a park, where in the summer the soldiers of the honor guard hold their parades and every year at the 1. July is celebrated the national holiday of Canada.
A tip for all winter vacationers in Canada: plans to spend a few days in Ottawa before returning to Germany. The city has a lot to offer - and who knows, maybe you can enjoy the first day of spring with the residents of the capital of Canada.
Source: own on-site research courtesy of Ottawa Tourism and Ontario Tourism. Our opinion remains our own.
Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Video © Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline