My favourite permanent exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History is the “Canada Hall”. Beneath the 17 metre-high domed ceiling, you stroll through life-sized exhibits recreating the memories and experiences of Canadian life from AD 1000 to 2000.My favourite permanent exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History is the “Canada Hall”. Beneath the 17 metre-high domed ceiling, you stroll through life-sized exhibits recreating the memories and experiences of Canadian life from AD 1000 to 2000.
Browsing: Snapshots of Québec
After a couple of hours at the Children’s Museum, we decided it was time for some culture. We put Mark in the stroller and headed to the “Special Exhibitions” floor.
The Canadian Museum of History was packed and we queued for quite a while to buy tickets. Fortunately, Mark had probably sensed we were going to do something fun and he was suspiciously patient and well behaved. On second thought, maybe he was high on McDonald’s ketchup, actually.
Canada’s national museum of human history is located in Hull, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. The location itself is very scenic: the Museum overlooks the River and offers great views on Ottawa’s downtown core and main landmarks, including the Locks, the Parliament, Château Laurier and Nepean Point.
Mark took his first interprovincial trip when Feng and I decided to check out the fall colours in Gatineau Park, in Quebec. We drove around for half an hour—I’m always impressed by how huge the “park” is!—and made it to Pink Lake, a popular scenic lookout around the eponymous lake (which is not pink).
Ottawa has the best ice sculpture and the Rideau Canal to skate, but Winterlude in Gatineau, Quebec, is also a great playground for some winter fun. Although it no longer has the huge snow sculptures competition, a few impressive bas-reliefs are carved at the bottom of the main attraction: the giant snow/ice slides.
After relaxing by the Meech Lake, we headed to our favorite viewpoint, atop the Eardley Escarpment. From the Champlain lookout, perched 335 meters above sea level, you get to have offers a bird’s-eye view from the Gatineau Hills over the Ottawa Valley.
Meech Lake is nested within Gatineau Park, the huge 400 km² park North of Ottawa, in the province of Québec. Many Canadians associated it with the 1987 Meech Lake Accord, when the then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney tried to persuade the the Province of Quebec to endorse the 1982 Canadian Constitution (yep, didn’t work). But for a lot of residents in the National Capital Region, Meech Lake is a nice sandy beach and a popular swimming spot during these hot and humid summer days.
After Pembroke, we headed to Deep River and spent the night there (more on that later). The following day, the weather was a little bit better, albeit chilly. We drove to Rapides-Des-Joachims, a small village located on an island in the middle of the Ottawa River.
This week is walking down memory lane week. First, I came back to see these amazing sculptures on the shore of the Ottawa River, at Remic Rapids, that I discovered in August 2009. And then, last Saturday, we attended the yearly Lac Leamy Fireworks Competition, like we did last year
Ottawa has ice sculptures, Québec has giant snow ones. The theme of the national Snow Sculpture Competition for this year was “winter fun”. Each team was given a huge 3.7 m x 4.9 m block of snow and beautiful winter themed art pieces were created.
The Gatineau Park in Québec, right across Ottawa, probably offers the best Fall scenery in the region. The trees that make up the huge forest slowly turn yellow, orange and red. Lakes reflect the Fall colors and hundreds visit the park to witness the transition to the dreaded winter.
Little Italy was our last stop in Montréal. I wanted to go back to the famous marché Jean Talon, a farmer’s market located in this area.
The open air market is occupied by about 300 vendors, selling fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat etc. There are many other food businesses in the area, including bakeries, fish and meat stores and restaurants.
Like I was saying last time, Montréal is not just the cute European-style city a lot of people imagine. There is the old Montréal… and the modern downtown, which is just like any other American city.
Right after arriving in Canada for the first time in 2002, Feng and I took a road trip. We had landed in Toronto, went through Ottawa, and then Montréal, Québéc city and the surroundings. It was February and it was cold, brutally cold, especially considering that we were coming from Brazil, had no winter clothes and that I had never seen snow before.
On Saturday, on an impulse, Feng and I decided to drive to Montréal to attend The Killers’ concert. Initially sold out, the show had been moved to a bigger venue at the last minute: the Bell Center.
We hadn’t been the Montréal since the very muddy Radiohead concert last year. This time, the weather was gorgeous… but we were indoor.
It’s pumpkin day in North America!
I personally think we should make it “chocolate day”… Seriously, a pumpkin pie vs. a chocolate tart: I made my choice!
Winter has definitely arrived and soon enough, the trees will be bare. White will be the season’s color… meanwhile, here are the last fall colors.