Rideau Hall

I had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. The boyfriend and I explored a part of Ottawa I’d never been to before (at least not on foot) on Saturday afternoon, had a great dinner in Byward Market, and then spent a lazy Sunday doing absolutely nothing. It was fantastic. Now, of course, real life has re-established itself and I’m already behind on my thesis work for the week. As a result, you are getting a photo-blog today, showing our wanderings along Sussex Drive, over to Rideau Hall, and then back to Byward Market. Ottawa is so pedestrian-friendly, it was a great walk (if a little long!), and totally worth it for the views of the river and of Rideau Hall itself.

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Before heading down Sussex Drive we took a quick detour through the Memorial Chamber at Parliament to see another of my ancestor’s names in one of the Books. About 2/3 of the way down the left-hand column you can see the name of my great-grandfather’s brother, John Maxwell Park. He died at Passchendaele in 1917.

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The Rideau River Falls

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We peeked in at 24 Sussex Drive (where Stephen Harper lives) but the only thing visible from the street is this incredibly cute gatehouse.

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Rideau Hall (where the Governor General lives) grounds – open to the public! Gotta love Canada 🙂

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Totem pole, on the Rideau Hall grounds

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A cricket game, on the Rideau Hall grounds.

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Rideau Hall itself! They do have tours but we got there too late in the day. Next time!

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The “Gardener’s Cottage”/Visitor’s centre at Rideau Hall

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After Rideau Hall we wandered through the neighbourhood to the west on our way back to Byward Market

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Another awesome house

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The view of downtown Ottawa from Maple Island

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We encountered this sign at a newly-constructed roundabout just before we got back to Lower Town. My favourite line is “use the splitter island as a refuge” 🙂

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