One of my favourite places in Ottawa is the 88 acre estate of the Governor General of Canada known as Rideau Hall. It is open to the public and a great place for a relaxing walk. As you follow the meandering paths you’ll come across everything from an old farm, to wooded areas to ornamental gardens. There are over 10 000 trees hat grow on the grounds of Rideau Hall including the very Canadian Maple trees that are tapped every year for their delicious maple syrup.
There are summer concerts, residence, art and grounds tours as well as a skating rink in the winter. Across the street you’ll find the Prime Minister’s residence but that is not open to the public. Every dignitary that visits the grounds of Rideau Hall is asked to plant a tree and you can see plaques at the base of these trees that list the names of those people who planted them. Some of the people who have planted trees there include John F. Kennedy (who apparently hurt his back digging the dirt), Nelson’s Mandela, and Emperor Akihito. I’m still waiting for my invitation to plant one, it must have got lost in the mail.
It was approaching sunset as I came upon the field of lilies in the photo and I was struck at just how much green there was everywhere. It’s fun when you can get a monochromatic photo without having to do anything other than point the camera. I’d like to try and get back to take another shot when the flowers are in bloom, not only would it look good but I can just imagine how nice it would smell. There are park benches right next to this sea of green, a perfect place to bring a book and relax.
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