A little of this, and a little of that... my own Canadian beauty
When "the man of the house" decided to take the older kids out for a quick fishing trip, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take my youngest daughter, and Koda out for a walk down the trails, and through some historic parts of my town.
Our first stop was the water fountains. We have 3 water fountains down by the river, and my little girl loves to see them shooting up toward the sky.
Then, as we were walking along the trail by the river, she had asked me what this sign said. You see, all along this area of town, there are different monuments, plaques and statues, which describe our town's history. This particular sign teaches about the Rideau Canal, and the locks.
The above photo shows just one set of locks in my town. In case you're not too sure what 'locks' are, basically, it is a system which raises and lowers the water level in the canals, and/or rivers so that boats can easily navigate the waterways. Think of it as sort of a traffic stop. In my town, we have 4 locks, and the Rideau Canal passes right through. The Rideau Canal connects the city of Ottawa, all the way to Kingston and Lake Ontario, and was originally opened in 1832. Created just for precautionary measures, in case of war with the United States. While it is still in full use today, it is now generally pleasure boats who cruise the waterway. Perhaps the coolest part of this, is that most of the original structures are still intact!
Above, was a photo op I just couldn't resist. My little one was stopping to smell the flowers, (literally) and Koda decided to take a break and sit down beside her. This was underneath another town history sign.
|The Yellow Peril|
As we made our way through some trails, and crossed the walkway bridges of the locks, we stopped for a water break by another symbol of our town's history. This plane statue you see, is a memorial to the 443 Rideau squadron. The plane was a basic trainer for thousands, who learned to fly in defense of their country.
|To those who served...|
This plaque is on the front of the structure, which holds the Yellow Peril Plane.
Had enough town history for one day? That's what my daughter said too, so it was off to the park for some fun!! Koda didn't hesitate to follow her up the playground stairs.
He even contemplated going down the slide himself, after he saw her go down. I wasn't giving him the chance to decide though, as he is still taking it easy, healing from the stitches.
As the sun was getting lower and lower, it was time to head home. On our way out of the park, I noticed this sign. In my area, many of these signs are posted all around the parks. Now, if only we could get people to listen to them!
|The Rideau Canal|
I snapped one last photo on our way home. During the summer months, boats upon boats upon boats, park up along the walls of the Rideau Canal, and camp out there for quite some time. They are mostly travelers, who will take trips through the locks. We are right in the middle of two cities which are connected by this canal, so we get a lot of outside people coming through, checking out the town, and the numerous historic buildings/monuments we have here. It truly is a sight.
The Sibe Tribe would love to know:
Do you know the history of your town/city?
Have you explored your area to it's fullest, and found the beauty within?