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First stop Parliament Hill

First stop Parliament Hill

We had a look inside Canada’s Parliament Buildings as our first stop. Free guided tours are offered daily. If you go early enough you can view the House of Commons and the Senate, or if they are not sitting on that day.

These doors,

These doors, called the doors of Canada, enter the House of Commons from the lobby.

House of Commons.

House of Commons.

We were able to catch some of the action, later in the day during Question period. The large gallery upstairs is open to the public. Sadly the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were absent. It would have been nice to see some mud slinging.

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Queen Victoria in the Parliament Library

Queen Victoria in the Parliament Library

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The Senate

The Senate

Ok I wanted to crack a few jokes when the guide explained what attributes Senator’s must have to be appointed to the position. (She forgot to mention, Thief or Fraudster)

View of Quebec from the Peace Tower

View of Quebec, across the river, from the Peace Tower.

View of Ottawa, from the Peace Tower

View of Ottawa, from the Peace Tower

Just down Wellington Street from Parliament is another Canadian Institution, the Supreme Court of Canada, the highest court in the land.

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Free tours are offered daily in the summer months by local law students, and you can actually go into the Courtrooms. This building is home to one Federal Court, one Federal Court of Appeal and the one and only Supreme Court.

Inside the Supreme Court of Canada

Inside the Supreme Court of Canada. You are not allowed to sit in the Judges chairs, without their permission, too bad

 

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But those rules do not apply in Federal Court next door. Order in Court!

The building is spectacular, so much so we did not take any photos outside the court rooms, we were too busy gazing at the ceilings. We did pop in next door to the in session Federal Court of Appeal.

The National War Memorial was a must visit as well.

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After the amazing experience at the War Memorial with Bag pipes playing, we headed down the Rideau Canal.

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The Rideau canal includes 8 locks and raises the water level 80 feet.

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