Although I going to eventually focus on one particular museum, we did visit three in all and has a number of wonderful meals.
|At an Irish pub in Ottawa...|
Shepherd's Pie with Guinness gravy for the lady,
Spicy curry chicken for her escort.
Oh, so good!
|A "Beaver-Dog" at the Canadian Museum of History in Gateneau.|
A hot dog wrapped in beavertail dough and deep fired.
Beth loved it!
|Meanwhile, I had pulled pork poutine and we split a chocolate croissant.|
|An amazing sight.|
|... from any angle.|
|The grey-ish vertebrae is a moulded replica of a lost piece of the skeleton.|
|The outline on the floor of the size of the tail fluke which held no bones.|
There were also... DINOSAURS! Little else in the world will reduce me to a Grade 3 boy than dinosaurs!
|Even the shadows are impressive.|
|Horns and frills for defense|
|One of the duck-bill clan.|
|A carnivore from South America - the ONLY replica on display.|
All the others are the real thing, actual fossils.
|Another top-of-the-line Alpha carnivore.|
I can't remember all the names and so many new names have been coined, that I
can't keep up.
|A massive sea-turtle|
More contemporary displays were available as well... and some prehistoric mammals.
|A diorama of very small mammals of the distant past.|
|Brontotherium? Megatherium? Can't remember whichium.|
|The male and a calf|
|Carnivorous boar or a fevered nightmare|
|Outside, a mastodon model is on display.|
|The museum building is a gem in and of itself.|
Beth took this photo from our hotel room, which was literally around the corner.
|The main entryway.|
This was once the Parliament building when the original building was
destroyed by fire.
|Looking up from the entryway.|
|Some iconic Canadian wildlife in diorama - beavers|
This is an actual skull of platypus put on display for comparison to other small skulls.
I'd never seen one before and I had to take a photo.
We spent an afternoon at the Canadian Museum of History across the river in Gateneau, Quebec. It is quite a place to visit.
|Parliament Hill in Ottawa from the Quebec side.|
|A walking trail at the Museum of History|
|Steps to the walking trail on the river front|
|A "transformation mask" from one of the First Nations on the west coast.|
|The museum has an incredibly impressive collection of totem poles|
displayed in the main hall.
|The explanation is below.|
|One of the most beautiful Transformation Masks there.|
|The colourful face which is revealed during the dance as the outer mask unfolds.|
|The Spirit of Haida - with many traditional figures and symbols of that people.|
|Another beautiful painting from the far West.|
|The Haida canoe from a different perspective.|
|Faces... faces and symbols... and stories retold.|
|The Museum itself is something to see.|
|And wisdom to be remembered.|
|Why am I fascinated by Quebec's traffic lights? Two reds!|
|In downtown Ottawa, this stand was open and doing a brisk business.|
Sad to say, we were too full to indulge.
(Really, they're a flat dough patty coated in sugar and cinnamon and deep-fried.)
|Private joke. I minister to a congregation in Aylmer (Ontario) |
and this STO bus is going to Aylmer (Quebec).
Even on holiday, I can't get away from Aylmer!!
We visited the Canadian War Museum, but deserves an entry of it's own. I know more than a few of the blogs I follow do museum expositions, so I did as well. For those interested in the more military entries, wait for these words: Brock's coatee... T-34/85... squeeze-bore...