Welcome back to Traveling with Krushworth.
On this travel guide, I’m in Ottawa, Canada’s capital.
Not only is Ottawa the seat of government, but it’s known for its art and heritage.
May is a perfect time for the famed Tulip Festival.
Seventy-two years after Canada helped free the Dutch people from the Nazis, the flowers arean annual gift from the Netherlands for Canada’s role inhousing Dutch royals during the war.
To this day, the Royals and the Dutch BulbGrowers Association sends 10, 000 bulbs each a year, as a lastinglegacy for the assistance Canada provided during dark times.
2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary sinceits founding in 1867.
Ottawa offers museums, markets, natural areas, government buildings, but also surprises likeyoga on Parliament Hill.
The Ottawa Jail Hostel, which was once theCarleton county jail from 1862 to 1972, welcomes visitorslike myself, but the building has been named one of theworld’s most haunted sites.
The stairs are guarded by grim anti-suicide grates, and the old cells have been repurposed into rooms.
The cell blocks are eerie, but no where nearas strange as floor eight.
This is where the hostel remains much thesame as it was when the building ceased to be a jail45 years ago.
This floor was the jail’s Death Row, andthe gallows remain in a dingy, dark cell.
This place is giving me the willies and I have to sleep here tonight On level four, so the ghosts, I really hope (they) stay up here on level eight.
Alright, and that's enough of the Death Row Canada’s Centennial Flame burns bright inthe Parliament buildings’ public grounds.
Located just inside the Queen’s Gates, the monument was erected 50 years ago in 1967.
Built in the Victorian High Gothic Style, East Block houses the historic office of Canada’s firstPrime Minister, John A.
Massive renovations are ongoing on Parliament Hill.
If you’re lucky, visitors might see thecurrent Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau on government business.
I had the opportunity to see him open a monument to Canada’s tradespeople.
The National War Memorial is a solemn place to reflect upon the immense sacrifices all Canadian military personnel have made in years long past, nowand into the future.
The memorial was installed in 1939 on theeve of the Second World War to remember those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War from 1914 to 1918.
In 2014, Corporal Nathan Cirillo was gunneddown while guarding the memorial.
The attacker stormed Canada’s Parliament where he was killed by former sergeant atarms Kevin Vickers.
Cirillo’s death shocked the nation, butCanadians came together stronger than ever to protect thedemocratic values our forefathers fought for us to keep.
I crossed the bridge from Ottawa to Gatineau, Quebec to visit the Canadian Museum of History.
Close to 20, 000 years of human heritage await travellers when they walk inside.
My first steps into the Grand Hall offereda striking view of the Pacific Coast’s First Nations, butother exhibits are dedicated to indigenous peoples’ art, culture and artifactsthrough the ages.
To this day, the museum, the country’s mostvisited, continues to be a necessary addition to thecity and nation’s landscape, as Canadians find itvital to learn the events that shaped the past The exhibits I saw are a true celebrationof First Nations culture.
But, the facility continues to grow and change.
As the country celebrates 150 years, the museumopened its new Canadian History Hall in July 2017for all generations to enjoy.
Construction of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, whichis now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, started in 1826as a reaction to the War of 1812, which saw anAmerican invasion of what is now Canada.
The goal was to form a secure waterway fromMontreal to Kingston, Ontario.
Lieutenant Colonel John By oversaw the canal’s construction and Bytown, Ottawa’s earlypredecessor, boomed around the massive undertaking.
The 202 kilometre long waterway was finishedin 1832 and is navigated through a system of locksand dams.
19 of those kilometres were man-made, dugby hand.
The Canadian Parliament buildings have existedat the very heart of Canada since the early daysof the country’s founding.
The initial buildings on Parliament Hill werefinished by 1876.
A massive fire, however, devastated Centre Block onParliament Hill and shook the young nation in 1916.
Early structures were incinerated, but the country’s famed Parliamentarylibrary was spared.
Librarian Alpheus Todd had once asked foriron fire doors, and these were shut before librarystaff fled into the cold winter night.
Canadians have always been resilient and Parliamentwas rebuilt.
The library was absolutely unbelievable.
For me, it was if I stepped back to a timewhen early Parliamentarians were using the knowledgehoused within to shape the country’s foundation.
To this day, bullets scar the wooden frameof the library’s door and the very walls of Parliament.
These are grim reminders of the 2014 attack on Canada’s Centre Block.
I was fortunate to have a tour of Canada’sParliament by John Barlow, MP for Foothills.
Visiting the Canadian Senate, the house of“sober second thought, ” was one of many highlights.
Every morning as the clock chimes 11, theTurning of the Page Ceremony takes place in the Memorial Chamberon the second floor of Canada’s Peace Tower.
A member of the House of Commons ProtectiveServices turns one page on each of the Seven Booksof Remembrance, including the First World War, to honour thewartime dead.
100 years after the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge, I visited the Canadian War Museum to reflecton Canadians’ sacrifices as they took the French hill fromthe Germans in the First World War.
This battle was a first for the early nation, in that each and every division of the Canadiancorps fought side-by-side on the same field.
I’m deeply proud of what these men did.
Two years previously, the British had attemptedto take the hill in 1915, but couldn’t.
Enter the Canadians and these men were unstoppable, using the creeping barrage todo the impossible.
To this day, the Vimy Ridge Memorial is aCanadian pilgrimage.
Two of my great-grandfathers fought at Vimyfor the Canadians, one of whom died, and is named on the memorial.
The Canadian War Museum houses a vast collection from this country’s service men and women whofought in conflicts worldwide, and all guests should visit theseexhibits.
However, nothing prepared me for the emotionalexperience that was taking in the paintings from FirstWorld War masters, many of which feature deadly battlefields to mustardgas attacks.
These works of art offer an entirely new takeon war, one that comes from the brush strokes of thevery people who lived, breathed and returned home to buildthe nation we have today.
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