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Looking Up In Ottawa #MyOttawa

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Peace Tower Parliament Hill

Have you ever thought about how much time we spend looking down when we walk around?

How often do you look up at the world around you?

I pondered this question myself as I spent a recent morning walking around downtown Ottawa.

Normally when I’m downtown, I’m there to do something in particular. Whether it’s to visit a museum, eat at a restaurant, or attend an event, rarely am I there to just explore my city.

This time, I was downtown with my partner, and while he was busy with an appointment, I had the chance to spend some time wandering around the heart of Ottawa.

Look Up, Look Way Up!

It was while I was looking up at the majestic Peace Tower on Parliament Hill that I realized I seldom look up when I’m out and about. My eyes are generally focused on the road ahead, the sidewalk, and maybe a storefront or two. I don’t spend much time looking above my head.

I’ve never really noticed all the beauty there is up there – until now.

So yesterday, I took my time, and looked up.

I discovered Ottawa has a lot of beauty to look up to. A lot.

I also discovered there is an incredible amount of intricate details in the things around us. Things we hurry by without ever noticing. Things we’ve seen hundreds of times…but not really seen.

Until we stop and look up.

This is a photo-heavy post documenting what I saw when I looked up.


Looking Up In Ottawa


Peace Tower Parliament Hill

My bucket list includes a visit to the Peace Tower, and a ride up in the elevator. Hard to believe I’ve never been inside the Parliament buildings yet!

Centennial Flame Peace Tower Ottawa

It was such a peaceful morning, I enjoyed some quiet time just sitting around the Centennial Flame admiring the Parliament building.

Parliament Hill East Block

We’ve all seen photos of the Parliament buildings. Many of us have visited them in person. Have you really looked up close at the intricate details, and beautiful stone work, on these buildings? Stunning!

Peace Tower Parliament Hill

At one point when I was looking up, I was joined by this fine-feathered friend. He made for an interesting prop in my photos!

Seagull Parliament Hill Ottawa

My feathered friend had the best view on the Hill!

Parliament Building

Another close up of the incredible architecture of the Parliament buildings.

Peace Tower Parliament Hill

I didn’t notice until after I looked at this photo at home but…do you see the moon?

Peace Tower Parliament Hill

I had never looked up at the Peace Tower, or Parliament buildings, from this angle before.

Parliament Hill Ottawa

One of the gate posts at the entrance to Parliament Hill.

Parliament Hill Ottawa

More beautiful stone work, this time on the East Block buildings at Parliament Hill.

Parliament Hill Ottawa

Sir Wilfred Laurier stands on guard near the East Block on Parliament Hill.

Peace Tower Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill from the east side.

Wellington Street Ottawa

Looking up on Wellington Street, across from Parliament Hill.

Bank of Canada Ottawa

Walking along Wellington Street, I came upon the Bank of Canada.

Wellingston Street Ottawa

This beautiful building can also be found on Wellington Street.

Downtown Ottawa Canada

This brilliant reflection caught my eye as I walked down Wellington Street.

Ottawa Church

The gorgeous St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Kent and Wellington Streets.

Downtown Ottawa Buildings

Looking up Kent Street.

Sparks Street Ottawa Canada

Looking up Sparks Street.

Downtown Ottawa Bank of Montreal Building

The beautifully ornate Bank of Montreal building.

Canadian Supreme Court Building

And finally…this is not a “looking up” type of picture but, the Supreme Court of Canada building is so impressive, I just had to include a photo of it.

Do you ever explore your own town or city? Do you look up?







  1. September 1, 2016


    You make an excellent case for looking up. Like many (maybe even most?) I tend to focus on eye level and below-and I’m clearly missing out. Thanks for the reminder!

    • November 12, 2016


      Thanks Tracey! Personally, I spend a lot of time looking down…and I have no realized I miss so much by doing that! Trying to change my habits now. There are a lot of amazing things you can find when you look up! Thanks for stopping by, Tracey!

  2. August 31, 2016


    Cute post! If you look down at Parliament Hill, you’ll see lots of bunnies 🙂

    • August 31, 2016


      Thanks Corinne! Lol! I will have to look down next time…never seen bunnies on Parliament Hill…yet 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. August 28, 2016

    linda cassidy

    I think because I grew up in Saint John, with all the gargoyles I always look up, so very fascinating and you need to get yourself up to the peace tower asap

    • August 29, 2016


      Love St. John! All the gargoyles? Must have missed that! I definitely need to get up the Peace Tower soon, Linda!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. August 26, 2016


    Great photos. You missed some shots from the Canal nearby. I love looking at water, it’s very calming.

    • August 26, 2016


      Thank you Marilyn! Maybe I will have to do a “looking down” post so I can include the canal photos. Not a bad idea 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. August 26, 2016


    I really enjoyed this Sandy. Thanks for posting all these wonderful pictures of downtown Ottawa.

    • August 26, 2016


      Thanks very much Christina! Glad you enjoyed them!! Thank you for reading!!

  6. August 25, 2016

    Elizabeth Vlug

    Great shots! I love when we visit our daughter in Ottawa. Its a great city to walk around. I’ll look up next time 😉

    • August 25, 2016


      Thanks Elizabeth!! Yes!! You must do that next time you visit your daughter here. I could have spent hours downtown getting up close and looking up to all the interesting buildings downtown. Thanks for stopping by!!

  7. August 25, 2016

    Brenda A

    Lovely pictures! I appreciate looking up a lot, too. Try going for more walk with kids. They are constantly pointing out stuff that grown ups often over look.

    • August 25, 2016


      Hi Brenda!! Thanks!! I’m glad you do that too 🙂 You are so right! It’s amazing what kids see that we end up walking right by! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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