Tour Ottawa Ontario (things to do) travel video guide; Canada tourism attractions

Welcome back to Traveling with Krushworth. On this travel guide, I’m in Ottawa,
Canada’s capital. Not only is Ottawa the seat of government,
but it’s known for its art and heritage. May is a perfect time for the famed
Tulip Festival. Seventy-two years after Canada
helped free the Dutch people from the Nazis, the flowers are
an annual gift from the Netherlands for Canada’s role in
housing Dutch royals during the war. To this day, the Royals and the Dutch Bulb
Growers Association sends 10,000 bulbs each a year, as a lasting
legacy for the assistance Canada provided during dark times. 2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary since
its founding in 1867. Ottawa offers museums, markets, natural areas, government buildings, but also surprises like
yoga on Parliament Hill. The Ottawa Jail Hostel, which was once the
Carleton county jail from 1862 to 1972, welcomes visitors
like myself, but the building has been named one of the
world’s most haunted sites. The stairs are guarded by grim anti-suicide grates, and the old cells have been repurposed into rooms. The cell blocks are eerie, but no where near
as strange as floor eight. This is where the hostel remains much the
same as it was when the building ceased to be a jail
45 years ago. This floor was the jail’s Death Row, and
the gallows remain in a dingy, dark cell. This place is giving me the willies and I have to sleep here tonight On level four, so the ghosts, I really hope (they) stay up here on level eight. Alright, and that’s enough of the Death Row Canada’s Centennial Flame burns bright in
the Parliament buildings’ public grounds. Located just inside the Queen’s Gates, the monument was erected 50 years ago in 1967. Built in the Victorian High Gothic Style,
East Block houses the historic office of Canada’s first
Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald. Massive renovations are ongoing on Parliament Hill. If you’re lucky, visitors might see the
current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau on government business. I had the opportunity to see him open a monument to Canada’s tradespeople. The National War Memorial is a solemn place to reflect upon the immense sacrifices all
Canadian military personnel have made in years long past, now
and into the future. The memorial was installed in 1939 on the
eve of the Second World War to remember those who served and made
the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War from 1914 to 1918. In 2014, Corporal Nathan Cirillo was gunned
down while guarding the memorial. The attacker stormed Canada’s Parliament where he was killed by former sergeant at
arms Kevin Vickers. Cirillo’s death shocked the nation, but
Canadians came together stronger than ever to protect the
democratic values our forefathers fought for us to keep. I crossed the bridge from Ottawa to Gatineau,
Quebec to visit the Canadian Museum of History. Close to 20,000 years of human heritage await travellers when they walk inside. My first steps into the Grand Hall offered
a striking view of the Pacific Coast’s First Nations, but
other exhibits are dedicated to indigenous peoples’ art, culture and artifacts
through the ages. To this day, the museum, the country’s most
visited, continues to be a necessary addition to the
city and nation’s landscape, as Canadians find it
vital to learn the events that shaped the past The exhibits I saw are a true celebration
of First Nations culture. But, the facility continues to grow and change. As the country celebrates 150 years, the museum
opened its new Canadian History Hall in July 2017
for all generations to enjoy. Construction of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, which
is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, started in 1826
as a reaction to the War of 1812, which saw an
American invasion of what is now Canada. The goal was to form a secure waterway from
Montreal to Kingston, Ontario. Lieutenant Colonel John By oversaw the canal’s construction and Bytown, Ottawa’s early
predecessor, boomed around the massive undertaking. The 202 kilometre long waterway was finished
in 1832 and is navigated through a system of locks
and dams. 19 of those kilometres were man-made, dug
by hand. The Canadian Parliament buildings have existed
at the very heart of Canada since the early days
of the country’s founding. The initial buildings on Parliament Hill were
finished by 1876. A massive fire, however, devastated Centre Block on
Parliament Hill and shook the young nation in 1916. Early structures were incinerated, but the country’s famed Parliamentary
library was spared. Librarian Alpheus Todd had once asked for
iron fire doors, and these were shut before library
staff fled into the cold winter night. Canadians have always been resilient and Parliament
was rebuilt. The library was absolutely unbelievable. For me, it was if I stepped back to a time
when early Parliamentarians were using the knowledge
housed within to shape the country’s foundation. To this day, bullets scar the wooden frame
of the library’s door and the very walls of Parliament. These are grim reminders of the 2014 attack on Canada’s Centre Block. I was fortunate to have a tour of Canada’s
Parliament by John Barlow, MP for Foothills. Visiting the Canadian Senate, the house of
“sober second thought,” was one of many highlights. Every morning as the clock chimes 11, the
Turning of the Page Ceremony takes place in the Memorial Chamber
on the second floor of Canada’s Peace Tower. A member of the House of Commons Protective
Services turns one page on each of the Seven Books
of Remembrance, including the First World War, to honour the
wartime dead. 100 years after the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge, I visited the Canadian War Museum to reflect
on Canadians’ sacrifices as they took the French hill from
the Germans in the First World War. This battle was a first for the early nation,
in that each and every division of the Canadian
corps fought side-by-side on the same field. I’m deeply proud of what these men did. Two years previously, the British had attempted
to take the hill in 1915, but couldn’t. Enter the Canadians and these men were unstoppable, using the creeping barrage to
do the impossible. To this day, the Vimy Ridge Memorial is a
Canadian pilgrimage. Two of my great-grandfathers fought at Vimy
for the Canadians, one of whom died, and is named on the memorial. The Canadian War Museum houses a vast
collection from this country’s service men and women who
fought in conflicts worldwide, and all guests should visit these
exhibits. However, nothing prepared me for the emotional
experience that was taking in the paintings from First
World War masters, many of which feature deadly battlefields to mustard
gas attacks. These works of art offer an entirely new take
on war, one that comes from the brush strokes of the
very people who lived, breathed and returned home to build
the nation we have today. Thank you for watching this Ottawa episode
of Traveling with Krushworth. To follow me to historic Quebec City, click
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9 thoughts on “Tour Ottawa Ontario (things to do) travel video guide; Canada tourism attractions

  1. I didn't know that about the Dutch? Very impresive. When are you coming over to this side of the Atlantic?

  2. Dude, your videos are the most informative I've ever seen. I'm so tired of drone videos with cruddy and annoying music. This is very good and beats Rick Steves.

  3. Thanks for watching my Ottawa travel guide; follow me to Quebec City, Canada at

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