It’s Not All Mary Poppins


I haven’t brought you on an outing lately. Time for a trip with Mary.

Everything is fascinating when you’re almost two years old! Why are there holes in the old stone fence? What can you see though them???
THIS, as it happens. Well worth the look. (Though given the fence is only, oh, four feet high, I prefer to lean on the railing and look over.) These locks are part of the Rideau Waterway, joining the Ottawa River, which you can see at the far end of this picture, to (eventually) Kingston. They are old by North American standards, and are manual – on any summer day, you will see the attendants cranking the gates open and closed.

Lots of fun. Today, though, no boats. The lower floor of that building on your right is the Museum of Photography. Those two buildings on the left? The first one is (I believe) the lockmaster’s. I could be wrong… The little building further down and only partially visible is the Bytown Museum. (Ottawa was originally called Bytown.)
A little further down that same street, Mary and the masses pass through these imposing gates. Where are we going?
Here! Parliament Hill, seat of Canadian Government. What do four toddlers do with all that history? Not much. Mostly they roll about on the lawn, eat snack (strawberries purchased at the market just minutes before – I can tell you about that in another post), and screech at various vehicles. The lawnmower, the street-sweeper, an airplane overhead.
On the way out, we checked out the Centennial Flame. The picture doesn’t make it entirely clear, but what you’re seeing is a fountain, a sheet of water running down the sloped sides of that centre bit, out of which flames continually flicker. Is very cool, and endlessly entertaining for children.

A day well spent. I love this city!

June 28, 2007 - Posted by | Ottawa, outings


  1. I love it when you post pictures of your kids! And that little girl’s dress is adorable.

    I couldn’t find your e-mail, but I wondered if you ever read Passive Aggressive Notes? There’s a note from a daycare director criticizing workers for laying down with the kids, and I wondered what you would think of that.

    Comment by BeckaJo | June 28, 2007 | Reply

  2. wow! ottawa looks so cool! i wish we had neat stuff like that here in maryland. we only have cows across the street!

    Comment by Dana | June 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. I love Otttawa. Can’t wait to go back.

    Comment by kate | June 28, 2007 | Reply

  4. can i come for a holiday? it looks so nice! x

    Comment by jenny uk | June 29, 2007 | Reply

  5. Sooo cute…

    Comment by Bill | June 29, 2007 | Reply

  6. Damn! It’s summer time there. It’s pouring with rain and cold here:-( I wouldn’t mind, but this IS our summer!!!

    Looks like a fun trip.

    Comment by juggling mother | June 29, 2007 | Reply

  7. Beautiful pictures. I’ve seen that building in books for years of course. It looks like a seat of government should.

    And those kids are so cute with their little hats.

    Comment by ann adams | June 29, 2007 | Reply

  8. What’s with the hats? You have a uniform… actually would be a good idea, Mary P. team uni’s.

    Comment by mo-wo | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  9. I want to be in your daycare! It looks like so much fun and patriotic to boot!

    I taught my son learned to spot Canada flags this week and to sing, “Oh Canada, our home and native land” How Canadian!

    Happy Canada Day Mary P. All the best to you and yours.

    Comment by Chelsea | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  10. What a splendid day! We also have a fountain fascination in the family (Q! Ahem), so we stop and splash in many.

    Comment by Lady M | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  11. I’m so jealous that your kids get to walk about town and soak in so much culture (whether they realize it or not)! What’re your rates for my souther cali kids??? ;>

    Comment by Mama's Moon | July 3, 2007 | Reply

  12. Wow, such beautiful architecture.

    Comment by undercovermutha | July 6, 2007 | Reply

  13. […] Here you can see my old sunhats. […]

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