One of the highlights of the trip is a visit to the comprehensive War Museum, which traces Canada's military engagements from the very beginning. I found particularly interesting the descriptions of the brief Canadian-American skirmishes following the end of the American Civil War.
Tanks and other military vehicles on display
One of Adolph Hitler's personal vehicles
Interesting architecture throughout the entire complex!
On a much lighter note, a visit to the Byward Market area and Beavertail pastry is a must--where else can one enjoy a slab of dough, lathered in a variety of sweetness, and stretched to resemble a beavertail??
The "Cattle Castle", once the site of livestock auctions, but now used as an exhibition hall
The Federal Government buildings evoke a sense of old Europe
The changing of the guard ceremony--elaborate and fun to watch!
The elegant Chateau Laurier, just above the federal government complex.