August 22, 2019
Centre Block is the largest and most imposing building in the Parliament complex.
Centered in the sidewalk way out by the street is the Eternal Flame:
All of the buildings in the Parliament complex are incredibly ornate. The tallest portion of the Centre Block building is called the Peace Tower and is visible from all over the city:
The lower portions of the building were undergoing some repairs and there were trucks, trailers and equipment scattered about. Here is the left side of the lower portion of the building. I didn’t even bother with the right side as there was more clutter over there.
Out by Wellington Street were several large, ornate gates:
And in these days of heightened security there were several vehicles scattered around the property with officers keeping a watchful eye on the goings on. The Parliamentary Protective Service is hybrid of the US Park Police and US Secret Service which protects both property and politicians.
And of course the Royal Canadian Mounted Police don’t want to be left out of the loop.
I’m sure there were lots of other “eyes” watching, too, so needless to say I was properly attired and displayed only my best behavior.
The public may tour the Parliament complex but I did not even attempt to do that. My Airbnb hostess told me that only a limited number of tickets are made available based on events scheduled at the facility and they are only issued at the Visitor Information Center located across the street from Centre Block. Tickets are not issued in advance and are only available by waiting at the Visitor Center the morning of the day you hope to gain access. I will probably try to get on a tour next year when I go back to Canada to revisit my favorite venues. I also plan to allow several days to go in many of the museums, not only in Ottawa but in other places as well. I was very lucky with weather this year and now that I’ve seen the “sights” I really need to take a look at many of the museums both here and in more of the places I visit in the future.