Friday, September 4, 2009


Today we rode our bikes along the Rideau Canel (note to Jerry - this is the 2nd time I have used the bikes!), it was great and we were able to lock them up downtown and do some more visiting. Ottawa has many bike paths and it is a beautiful city to bike in.
Photo shows the Rideau Canal which connects Ottawa to Kingston by water; you can see Chateau Laurier in the distance.
Lana and I went to the National Gallery of Canada and the giant spider in front of this steel and glass building is called "Maman", symbolizing a mother protecting enfants (the spider has eggs underneath her). We enjoyed the Canadian, Aboriginal, Asian, European and contmporary art. We saw Picasso, Monet, Van Gough, the Group of Seven, Andy Warhol and even saw the controversial "Voice of Fire", the 1.5 million piece of art our government bought which is a huge blue canvas with a red line vertically down the centre. Mike and Barry opted to go to the Canadian War Museum and were invited to attend free of charge as they had both served in the military. It covered wars and peace keeping from 1885 to present and they were very impressed.
This is the ceiling of the Great Hall inside the gallery. Lana and I had lunch here with a very pompous waiter. When we paid the bill we noticed a photo of him on a brochure that said he was known for his sparkling personality - he must have been having an off day.
Here are the locks which boats must go through to enter the Rideau Canel from the Ottawa River. The locks raise a total of 79 feet to enter the canal.
The boats enter the locks and they are closed and opened manually by turning these wheels. Once inside each individual lock, the water gushes in and raises the boat to the next level. It takes 1 1/2 hours to go through these locks which lift the boat 79 feet to enter the canal.
On our ride back along the canal, we came across this bridge that is actually raised to let this boat pass (it is actually the same boat we saw going through the locks earlier), if you look to the left you can see that the metal bridge is raised about 10 feet. What a great day, back at the campsite we enjoyed a cold beer.

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