Famous for its annual Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Parc de la Baie is an ideal hangout on lazy summer days. Visit here with friends and family and have a gala time out. Take a long walk along the pathways or simply take in the cheerful aura of the park and spend quality time with your loved ones. Some of the 150 colorful balloons on show during the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival come from as far away as Holland, France and Sweden. So visit this park and be mesmerized with the possibilities that are sure to delight one and all.
The First Baptist Church in Ottawa is named so as it was the pioneering Baptist Church to be founded in the region way back in 1857. The unique architecture of the building and steeple tower attracts many a tourists to the spot. Between 1966 and 1967, an impressive organ was fitted into the church. The church therefore conducts music concerts and hosts choirs throughout the year. The Church also forms a venue during music festivals such as the Ottawa Bluesfest and Chamber Music Festival.
If you are looking for a way to make a noteworthy occasion all the more memorable, the Central Aviation Inc. has presented Ottawa an opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement of what flying was like in the 1930s, with a ride in an open-air vintage biplane! Daily flights take off from the Canada Aviation & Space Museum, with rides starting from CAD65 for an eight-minute tour and going up to CAD160 for a 35 minute special Eco-Tour. Feel the wind whip through your hair as you take in the spectacular breath-taking sights down below.
St. Peter's Lutheran Church was formed in 1910, with most members of the congregation being immigrants from Europe. The church shifted to the current building in 1954, after enough funds were made available. The new Gothic style structure was designed by Cecil Burgess and features sandstone exteriors, gable roofs and a central tower. Inside, the church boasts a vintage Casavant Frères pipe organ and stained glass windows designed by Russell Goodman, the Canadian artist.
Since 1950 more than 112,000 Canadians have served as peacekeepers in countries such as Cyprus, Haiti, Egypt, Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. The Peacekeeping Monument, entitled Reconciliation, was commissioned by the Canadian government in 1988 when the United Nations was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 40 years of international peacekeeping. This monument, illustrating three peacekeeping figures, honors the men and women who have worn and continue to wear the blue beret, emblematic of peacekeeping service.
The Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier contains the remains of an unknown Canadian soldier that died in the World War I. The remains of the soldier were exhumed from his grave in France, before being transported to Canada with full military honors. Added to the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, the monument is not only dedicated to that particular soldier but to all those in the Canadian defense forces who have died serving the country, or may lose their lives in the future.
Erected as a temporary monument in 1967, the Centennial Flame still stands today on popular support and demand in Parliament Hill of Ottawa. Installed to celebrate the glorious hundred years of Canada as a confederation, the structure also features the nation's twelve provinces and territories along with their shield. Unfortunately Nunavut, which was created in 1999, still remains missing from this list. The Centennial Flame is a part of a fountain that is considered lucky and gets coin-wishes from visitors to the Parliament Hill.
The Canadian Police Memorium is situated on the Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. The monument is a granite wall in memory of all those Canadian police officers who lost their lives on duty in the country. Established in 1995, the wall has a number of individual plaques as well. The purpose of the wall is to let people know the importance of the sacrifice of these officers and the way that the police force contribute to community life.
Victoria Tower Bell is a relic of the former bell tower located in the Centre Block government building in Ottawa, Ontario. Included to the tower in 1877, the tower had caught fire in 1916, which caused the bell to fall off the tower. The bell, weighing 1200 kilograms (2645.55 pounds) was placed on the Parliament Hill as a reminder to the 1916 fire and is even placed at the angle in which it fell during the fire.
Animals in War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario is a monument dedicated to all those animals that have served the Canadian military since the Second Boer War (1899-1902). Three plaques with inscriptions in English and French dedicate the memorial to animals at war and specifically horses, mules and dogs. The sculpture of a dog is placed nearby. Inaugurated in 2012, the memorial was created by Laureen Harper and David Clendining.