Ottawa, located in southeastern Canada, is one of the few coldest, most beautiful, and most charming capitals in the world. Every year, Ottawa is covered with ice and snow for six or seven months. At this time, the verdant and colorful scenery of this famous Tulip Flower City disappeared without a trace, replaced by a strange scene of the ice capital and Snow City. When I set foot on this ice and snow world, I couldn’t help but exude admiration from my heart. The vast white snow covered houses, trees, roads, rivers, lakes, and vast land. Colorful and crystal clear ice and snow sculptures abound in parks, streets, woods and downtown areas. In the snow-covered and misty Ottawa, people in colorful costumes have become “flowing flowers” in the city, decorating the plain nature with brilliant colors.
Joyful Winter Ottawa
Ottawa is suitable for tourism in all seasons, especially in winter. It can be regarded as one of the coldest capitals in the world, and its latitude is similar to that of Harbin in China. Here, the cold and snowy winter alternates with the warm summer, and the change of seasons is particularly distinct. However, in Ottawa, no matter how cold the local area is, all seasonal leisure activities are provided, which makes the cold winter here even more interesting.
Ottawa is also the capital of Canada. Ottawa in winter not only gives people a new feeling, but also brings people a colorful and colorful leisure life. Ottawa people who are unwilling to be lonely will never cat winter indoors. The ice and snow are their biggest and best natural playground.
The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it has accompanied the development of Ottawa. In 1826, when “Ottawa” was still “By Town”, the canal was built. It was originally intended to prepare for war, but after it was built, it became an important water transportation linking the Ottawa River Basin and the St. Lawrence River Basin. The Rideau Canal is about 202 kilometers long, of which 7.8 kilometers pass through downtown Ottawa. The frozen canal in winter has become the world’s largest outdoor ice rink. Whether you are a professional skater or an entry-level “rookie”, you can find a passionate experience on this outdoor ice rink.
In winter, the Rideau Canal is also a venue for various outdoor ice and snow activities. When you arrive at the edge of the frozen canal and see the figure skating exhibition, speed skating, and skating relay events taking place in turn, it is recommended that you can also rent a set of skating The equipment is here to experience the charm of the world’s largest outdoor skating rink! My camera took the following shots: The nearly ten-kilometer-long Rideau Canal that traverses the city has become a natural ice skating rink. On this skating rink, which is said to be the longest in the world, one by one agile figures are floating like wind. It has become a rushing colorful river; countless skilled craftsmen on the square of the Natural History Museum wield chisels and shovel knives to carve ice sculptures with lifelike images and unique shapes, which is breathtaking; on the ice hockey training ground There are veterans in their 50s and 60s, as well as children aged 4 to 5 years old. They are wrapped in colorful ice hockey protective gear, “in armor and helmets”. They are like heroes on the ancient battlefield. They waved their sticks and slapped the hockey puck! “Pop!” The crowd onlookers watched the players’ training with relish and cheers and applause from time to time… They love ice hockey so much. No wonder the Canadians regard ice hockey as the national ball!
Two of Ottawa’s three unique festivals are in winter: the Ice Carnival and the Art Festival Snow Festival. During the festival, the whole city boils and people are with the ice and dancing with the snow. Every family built high snow walls in front of and behind their houses. People believed that a white snow wall would be enough to resist any monsters and monsters, and bless the whole family a year of happiness and happiness. If ice sculptures are the “spring and white snow” of artists, then snow sculptures are the “lower Liba people” of the common people. In the streets and alleys of the festival, there are countless thousands of snow sculptures, roaming the streets and alleys, sometimes as if entering a zoo, tigers, lions, monkeys, pandas, koalas, whales, eagles, pigeons and various human-faced animal bodies. Animals that look like and not are all strange; sometimes they seem to come to a world of architecture, exquisite villa buildings, towering skyscrapers, ancient churches with strange designs, modern hotels with chic shapes, and magnificent views; sometimes they seem to be in the kingdom of transportation, all kinds of strange The planes, trains, cars, motorcycles, and ships of the city are dizzying. Among these snow sculpture works full of ordinary people’s rich imagination and unlimited creativity, there is no shortage of fine works.
The Rideau River passes through the city from south to north and flows into the Ottawa River to the north of the city. Ottawa is a hub of water, land and air transportation. The Parliament Buildings in the city center and Katinau Hill Park in the north are famous tourist attractions in Ottawa. The winter festival is held every year, and the snow sculptures are like forests.
Ottawa, the beauty of ice and snow
Ottawa is a garden city, and about 2 million tourists visit here every year. To the west of the Rideau Canal is the upper city, which is surrounded by Capitol Hill and contains many government agencies. To the east of the Rideau Canal is the Xiacheng District. This is an area where French-speaking residents are concentrated, with famous buildings such as the City Hall and the National Archives. Ottawa has beautiful scenery. Since the 1950s, nearly 200 square kilometers of green belts have been built around the city, integrating the convenient life of the city with the natural scenery of the countryside. Ottawa has a strong cultural atmosphere, and the National Art Gallery, National Art Center, and Civilization Museum in the city are unique in style. The buildings of the Winter Sports Museum and the Natural Museum also have their own characteristics. Half of Ottawa is in Ontario and half is in Quebec. The Ottawa River is used to distinguish geographically. Ottawa is bilingual. Like Washington, DC, it also has many superb museums.
The National Gallery of Canada is Canada’s National Art Gallery and Art and Culture Collection. It is also one of the landmarks of the city of Ottawa. Founded in 1988, it houses a large collection of precious artworks from Canada, Europe and Asia. The exhibits of the National Gallery of Canada include oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, etc., among which world-renowned painters or artists are too numerous to list, including Picasso. In addition to static artworks, there are also dynamic performances, such as piano and orchestral instrument performances, singing performances by vocalists, etc. The National Art Gallery has the largest collection in Canada and Inuit art, and the building itself is a kind of art.
Notre Dame Cathedral is located opposite the National Gallery of Canada. It was built in 1839 and was completed in 1885. The entire building is magnificent, with two impressive towers, pillars inside the church, carvings on the walls and The statues of the saints are all meticulous works of 19th-century artists, and the stained glass in the church is even more exquisite.
Ottawa landmark-Parliament Hill
The back of the gallery is connected to the Alexander Bridge across the Ottawa River, and on the other end of the river is Parliament Hill. Parliament Hill is the preferred tourist project to Ottawa. Going to Capitol Hill is like going to see Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The Capitol, which is like a castle, stands at the foot of Capitol Hill. The three Gothic buildings that make up the Capitol are exquisitely decorated and unique, with exquisite decorations everywhere. sculpture. Parliament Hill is a symbol of Ottawa and even Canada.
Parliament Hill is composed of three Gothic buildings, divided into the Central District, the Eastern District and the Western District. It is currently the seat of the Canadian government and the Senate. The Parliament Building can be visited without a ticket, but strict security checks are required, no matter if you are a tourist from any country or region in the world. The more free explanation is that you need to make an appointment, and you can make an appointment directly when the winter is not the peak season. The green copper roof of the parliament building, the RCMP, and the famous tulip garden are regarded by the Chinese as a symbol of their country. The Capitol was initially built in 1859, but unfortunately this magnificent building was destroyed in a fire in 1916; afterwards, the new Capitol was rebuilt in the same style and completed in 1922. The famous Peace Tower stands in the center of the Parliament Building. The Peace Tower is 90 meters high. It is known as the most exquisite Gothic building in the world and the tallest building in the Parliament Building. The Peace Tower includes a 4.88-meter four-sided clock and 53 bells. Composition of the carillon that is played regularly. Tourists can visit the Senate and the House of Representatives in the Central District with a guide. In the solemn rotunda, there is a marble statue of the majestic Queen Victoria, surrounded by statues of earlier prime ministers; in the East Hall there is also The office of the first prime minister, John Alexander Macdonald, reconstructed according to the prototype, was also open to visit.
There is a magnificent library inside but no photography is allowed. The library is built of wood and cast iron. This library was destroyed by a fire. Fortunately, the books are all preserved. If it happens to be a meeting, travelers can see what the House of Representatives and Senators look like at work. And the Peace Tower in the main building can overlook the entire Ottawa city by taking the elevator up.
When you arrive on Capitol Hill, you must pay homage to the eye-catching one-hundred-year torch altar “Hundred Years Fire”, which has been burning since 1967 to celebrate Canada’s birthday. The beating flames burn on the clear water and the famous brands of various provinces surround the surroundings. , This year, Canada will be 150 years old. This year, the significance is even more extraordinary. When you come to Capitol Hill in winter, in addition to the appearance of buildings that want to appreciate the views of Capitol Hill, you may also encounter many young people competing in cross-country skiing on the lawn in front of the snow-covered Capitol. In fact, you can tell from this. How much Canadians love outdoor activities in winter.
The world-renowned Bywood Bazaar
Don’t miss the Bywood Bazaar if you are free. There are too many restaurants and stalls there. Vendors gather in and outside the old bazaar building, which was built in the 1840s. It sells fresh products shipped from local farms, flowers, seafood, cheese, grilled meat, handicrafts, and local specialties. There are also many antique shops, trendy shops, coffee shops, restaurants, and places to have a drink at night.
The indoor Bywood Market is also one of the must-recommended destinations in Ottawa. Since its establishment in the 1820s, the Bywood Market has been the commercial center of the city. Now some businesses in the market have even been in business for nearly two hundred years. It has been rated as one of the “20 markets worth visiting in the world”, and is as famous as the Paris Saint-Tuan Market in France and Amsterdam North Market in the Netherlands. In addition, another name of Bywood Market is “One of the oldest and largest public markets in Canada.” The market continuously supplies Ottawa’s fresh fish, vegetables, fruits and flowers every day. In the four blocks of the market, you can easily find cafes, specialty food stores, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and beauty shops. It is easy to reach by foot, car or bus. Whether you are dating friends for dinner or enjoying time alone, you can always find your favorite here! When you are walking around Bywood, it is recommended to check out a hotel called Chateau Lafayette on York Street, where Queen Victoria stayed when she visited.