As the number of days left in 2017 dwindle away, so do the days left in Canada’s 150th anniversary year. My time was running out to recognize this important moment in our history. I knew that I needed to step foot in our capital, Ottawa, even if just for a few hours.
Being an immigrant to this incredible country, I live and breathe Canada and all the wonderful things it is and stands for. I’m as patriotic as they come. Shedding many a tear when I hear our anthem played at sporting events, seeing our flag blow in a perfect breeze against a gorgeous blue sky and even getting a maple leaf tattoo to show my love for this country.
With the days disappearing in this historic year, I grabbed a quick flight on Porter to our capital and stayed close to all the action just down from Parliament Hill at the Metcalfe Hotel. I knew that I didn’t need much time in town, but I had a list of activities that I had to experience.
A quick and simple ride on the Ottawa transit from the airport on the 97 bus, dropped me in the heart of it all. Right off the bus I made a bee line to Parliament Hill. With a chill of about -20C in the air, but no wind and the most brilliant blue sky, I arrived on the hill just as the festivities of the day were beginning. Not overwhelmed with too many people yet, I was able to get some clear shots of the beautiful centre block of the Parliament Buildings. It provided the perfect backdrop for my historic pictures of the ‘Canada 150’ sign. Definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity.