Ottawa, ON

Written by Dustin Manley

The Byward Market and main thoroughfares of Ottawa were awash in a sea of red and white shirts for Canada’s 148th Anniversary of Confederation. Several events and activities were taking place throughout the day across Ottawa and Gatineau at Parliament Hill, Major Hill’s Park, Jacques Cartier Park and the National Arts Centre.

I was front and center at Parliament Hill for the speeches from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston, and several other dignitaries. Following was a flypast by Canada’s Snowbirds (one flown by my classmate from Royal Roads!) and CF-18s and several musical performances from Canadian artists. Later in the day I was walking on a surprisingly empty street by the Supreme Court of Canada and had the opportunity to meet the Governor General and his wife in person!

Amazingly, Canada’s 150th celebration of Confederation in Ottawa was even more exciting!

All photos by Dustin Manley. All rights reserved.