Canada, May 2019

Toronto

Friday, 31st May 2019

View of the CN Tower located in downtown Toronto. This communications and observation tower stands at 553 metres (1,815 feet) making it the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere. It was the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years until 2007 and as of 2019 is now the ninth tallest. The tower attracts two million visitors a year.
View of the CN Tower located in downtown Toronto. This communications and observation tower stands at 553 metres (1,815 feet) making it the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere. It was the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years until 2007 and as of 2019 is now the ninth tallest. The tower attracts two million visitors a year.
Tony and Tatiana in front of the Rogers Centre, formerly the Sky Dome. This multi-purpose stadium is located close to the CN Tower. It is home to the Toronto Blue Jays, the city’s famous professional baseball team. It is also used for conventions and music concerts.
Tony and Tatiana in front of the Rogers Centre, formerly the Sky Dome. This multi-purpose stadium is located close to the CN Tower. It is home to the Toronto Blue Jays, the city’s famous professional baseball team. It is also used for conventions and music concerts.
Tony and Tatiana standing on a glass floor inside one of the CN Tower’s observation decks.
Tony and Tatiana standing on a glass floor inside one of the CN Tower’s observation decks.
Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes, seen through a metal grill from inside the tower.
Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes, seen through a metal grill from inside the tower.
Tatiana and Tony with a view of Lake Ontario and some of the Toronto Islands below. The Toronto Islands are a group of 15 small islands in Lake Ontario located close to the city centre.
Tatiana and Tony with a view of Lake Ontario and some of the Toronto Islands below. The Toronto Islands are a group of 15 small islands in Lake Ontario located close to the city centre.
Looking down from a window inside the CN Tower with buildings and streets of the city spread out below.
Looking down from a window inside the CN Tower with buildings and streets of the city spread out below.
High-rise buildings of the city’s downtown below. Several of these buildings are more than 250 metres in height, but are still some way below the CN Tower’s SkyPod observation platform at 447 metres.
High-rise buildings of the city’s downtown below. Several of these buildings are more than 250 metres in height, but are still some way below the CN Tower’s SkyPod observation platform at 447 metres.

Lake Ontario and Niagara Falls

Sunday, 2nd June 2019

Clifton Heights, a tourist area of Niagara Falls.

Tony and Tatiana in front of a cross section from a huge maple tree. It is claimed that the tree was 2500 years old when it fell in California in 1950. At Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum.
Tony and Tatiana in front of a cross section from a huge maple tree. It is claimed that the tree was 2500 years old when it fell in California in 1950. At Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.
Tony and Tatiana next to a dinosaur model. It is similar to a Tyrannosaurus rex but smaller.
Tony and Tatiana next to a dinosaur model. It is similar to a Tyrannosaurus rex but smaller.
Tatiana and Tony with the Niagara SkyWheel and more dinosaur models in the background. The Niagara SkyWheel is a 53 metre (175 foot) tall Ferris wheel.
Tatiana and Tony with the Niagara SkyWheel and more dinosaur models in the background. The Niagara SkyWheel is a 53 metre (175 foot) tall Ferris wheel.
Tony and Tatiana in front of a model of an Egypt pharaoh statue.
Tony and Tatiana in front of a model of an Egypt pharaoh statue.

Monday, 3rd June 2019

Tony and Tatiana having their hands put in hot wax to make model of them holding hands! An unusual and special experience. Clifton Heights, downtown Niagara Falls.
Tony and Tatiana having their hands put in hot wax to make model of them holding hands! An unusual and special experience. Clifton Heights, downtown Niagara Falls.
Another shot of Tony and Tatiana modelling their hands using hot wax.
Another shot of Tony and Tatiana modelling their hands using hot wax.
Tony and Tatiana outside the ‘British’ Shop. Taken at Niagara-on-the-Lake, a small town roughly 15 miles (25 kilometres) from Niagara Falls on the Niagara Peninsula at the point where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario.
Tony and Tatiana outside the ‘British’ Shop. Taken at Niagara-on-the-Lake, a small town roughly 15 miles (25 kilometres) from Niagara Falls on the Niagara Peninsula at the point where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario.
Tatiana and Tony outside another shop in Niagara-on-the-Water.
Tatiana and Tony outside another shop in Niagara-on-the-Water.
View of Lake Ontario from Niagara-on-the-Lake. The CN Tower and other tall buildings of Toronto can be seen on the opposite side of the lake around 30 miles (38 kilometres) away.
View of Lake Ontario from Niagara-on-the-Lake. The CN Tower and other tall buildings of Toronto can be seen on the opposite side of the lake around 30 miles (38 kilometres) away.
Tatiana and Tony touching a horse which is tethered to a carriage in a street at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Tatiana and Tony touching a horse which is tethered to a carriage in a street at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Tony and Tatiana on the shore of Lake Ontario. One of the five Great Lakes on the border of the US and Canada. It is the smallest of the Great Lakes, although still very large at 7,320 square miles in area.
Tony and Tatiana on the shore of Lake Ontario. One of the five Great Lakes on the border of the US and Canada. It is the smallest of the Great Lakes, although still very large at 7,320 square miles in area.
Tatiana and Tony under the shade of a tree at the edge of the lake.
Tatiana and Tony under the shade of a tree at the edge of the lake.
Tony and Tatiana with a dramatic view of Niagara Falls. This is Horseshoe Falls, which at 51 metres is the highest and largest of the three waterfalls that collectively form Niagara Falls. As the name suggests, looking from above, the falls form a horseshoe shape. The falls straddle the border of Canada and the United States.
Tony and Tatiana with a dramatic view of Niagara Falls. This is Horseshoe Falls, which at 51 metres is the highest and largest of the three waterfalls that collectively form Niagara Falls. As the name suggests, looking from above, the falls form a horseshoe shape. The falls straddle the border of Canada and the United States.
Tatiana at the viewing area overlooking Horseshoe Falls.
Tatiana at the viewing area overlooking Horseshoe Falls.
Tony taking a photo of the falls. Spray rising up from the crashing water.
Tony taking a photo of the falls. Spray rising up from the crashing water.
View of the Niagara River with American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, the other two waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls, visible on the far side. American Falls is 34 metres in height and is located on US side of the border. Tony and Tatiana in the foreground.
View of the Niagara River with American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, the other two waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls, visible on the far side. American Falls is 34 metres in height and is located on US side of the border. Tony and Tatiana in the foreground.
Dramatic view of Horseshoe Falls. The crashing water creating mist which is rising high into the air.
Dramatic view of Horseshoe Falls. The crashing water creating mist which is rising high into the air.
Again Horseshoe Falls. A tourist boat can be seen approaching near to the foot of the falls.
Again Horseshoe Falls. A tourist boat can be seen approaching near to the foot of the falls.
Tony and Tatiana inside a concrete opening behind the curtain of the falls. Wearing waterproofs to protect themselves from the spray.
Tony and Tatiana inside a concrete opening behind the curtain of the falls. Wearing waterproofs to protect themselves from the spray.
Tony and Tatiana in a viewing area with the massive curtain of water falling in front.
Tony and Tatiana in a viewing area with the massive curtain of water falling in front.

Ottawa

Capital of Canada.

Wednesday, 5th June 2019

View along Sparks Street, a pedestrian street in central Ottawa lined with shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as offices and government buildings. Tim Horton's Cafe, a famous Canadian coffee shop, is located along this street.
View along Sparks Street, a pedestrian street in central Ottawa lined with shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as offices and government buildings. Tim Horton’s Cafe, a famous Canadian coffee shop, is located along this street.
The Canadian Parliament Buildings located on Parliament Hill. In the foreground is the West Block, which contains offices, and further away to the right, the Centre Block, which houses the Senate and Commons chambers. The Peace Tower stands in the middle of the Centre Block's front facade. It is a clock and bell tower which is 98 metres (322 feet) in height. The buildings are Gothic Revival in style and were constructed from 1859, although the Centre Block was destroyed by fire in 1916 and subsequently rebuilt in a similar style to the original design.
The Canadian Parliament Buildings located on Parliament Hill. In the foreground is the West Block, which contains offices, and further away to the right, the Centre Block, which houses the Senate and Commons chambers. The Peace Tower stands in the middle of the Centre Block’s front facade. It is a clock and bell tower which is 98 metres (322 feet) in height. The buildings are Gothic Revival in style and were constructed from 1859, although the Centre Block was destroyed by fire in 1916 and subsequently rebuilt in a similar style to the original design.
Tony and Tatiana sitting in front of the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill. It was constructed to commemorate Canada's 100th anniversary as a Confederation in 1967. It is 12-sided with a flame fuelled by natural gas in the centre. Around the flame is a fountain, with water flowing down a ledge to a channel on the outside. The ledge contains the shields of Canada's 13 provinces and territories (Nunavut was added in 2017 following its creation as a territory in 1999).
Tony and Tatiana sitting in front of the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill. It was constructed to commemorate Canada’s 100th anniversary as a Confederation in 1967. It is 12-sided with a flame fuelled by natural gas in the centre. Around the flame is a fountain, with water flowing down a ledge to a channel on the outside. The ledge contains the shields of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories (Nunavut was added in 2017 following its creation as a territory in 1999).
Tatiana and Tony sitting on the Centennial Flame with the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings and the Peace Tower visible in the background.
Tatiana and Tony sitting on the Centennial Flame with the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings and the Peace Tower visible in the background.
Closer view of some of the Centennial Flame's shields representing Canada's 13 provinces and territories with the flame in the middle. There are ten Provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan. The three territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.
Closer view of some of the Centennial Flame’s shields representing Canada’s 13 provinces and territories with the flame in the middle. There are ten Provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan. The three territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.
The date '1876' written on the outside of the Centennial Flame: the Canadian Confederation was formed on 1st July 1867, uniting the British colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into one Dominion of Canada.
The date ‘1876’ written on the outside of the Centennial Flame: the Canadian Confederation was formed on 1st July 1867, uniting the British colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into one Dominion of Canada.
View towards Château Laurier, a large 426 room hotel that opened in 1912. In style it is Gothic Revival, similar to the Parliament Buildings which are located immediately to the west. Its style is described as Châteauesque, because it is built to look like a French château, with features resembling a castle such as towers and turrets.
View towards Château Laurier, a large 426 room hotel that opened in 1912. In style it is Gothic Revival, similar to the Parliament Buildings which are located immediately to the west. Its style is described as Châteauesque, because it is built to look like a French château, with features resembling a castle such as towers and turrets.
Tony and Tatiana touching the War of 1812 Monument located at Parliament Hill. The monument is made of bronze on a stone base. Seven human figures are depicted. The one in view is a soldier firing a small canon. The 1812 war was fought between Great Britain and the United States, but also included Canada . It occurred at the same time as the Napoleonic Wars. The War of 1812 (which lasted from 18 June 1812 – 17 February 1815) was a military conflict between the United States and Great Britain. As a colony of Great Britain, Canada was swept up in the War of 1812 and was invaded several times by the Americans.
Tony and Tatiana touching the War of 1812 Monument located at Parliament Hill. The monument is made of bronze on a stone base. Seven human figures are depicted. The one in view is a soldier firing a small canon. The 1812 war was fought between Great Britain and the United States, but also included Canada . It occurred at the same time as the Napoleonic Wars. The War of 1812 (which lasted from 18 June 1812 – 17 February 1815) was a military conflict between the United States and Great Britain. As a colony of Great Britain, Canada was swept up in the War of 1812 and was invaded several times by the Americans.
 Another view of the soldier firing a canon, part of the War of 1812 Monument.
Another view of the soldier firing a canon, part of the War of 1812 Monument.
Tatiana touching a First Nations warrior depicted as part of the War of 1812 Monument. A Royal Navy sailor pulling a rope can also be seen.
Tatiana touching a First Nations warrior depicted as part of the War of 1812 Monument. A Royal Navy sailor pulling a rope can also be seen.
Tatiana and Tony in front of the War of 1812 Monument. Other figures depicted include a member of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment firing a musket and a woman bandaging the arm of a Quebec soldier of the Canadian Voltigeurs.
Tatiana and Tony in front of the War of 1812 Monument. Other figures depicted include a member of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment firing a musket and a woman bandaging the arm of a Quebec soldier of the Canadian Voltigeurs.
Another view of the War of 1812 Monument with the East Block of the Parliament Buildings alongside it.
Another view of the War of 1812 Monument with the East Block of the Parliament Buildings alongside it.
Tatiana and Tony at a bronze statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh prime minister of Canada. He was in office from July 1896 to October 1911.
Tatiana and Tony at a bronze statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh prime minister of Canada. He was in office from July 1896 to October 1911.
The Rideau Canal seen close to the Parliament Buildings shortly before it joins the Ottawa River. In the opposite direction it runs for 126 miles (202 km) to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River at Kingston. The canal opened in 1832.
The Rideau Canal seen close to the Parliament Buildings shortly before it joins the Ottawa River. In the opposite direction it runs for 126 miles (202 km) to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River at Kingston. The canal opened in 1832.
A road bridge over the Rideau Canal.
A road bridge over the Rideau Canal.
One in a series of locks on the Rideau Canal immediately before it joins the Ottawa River.
One in a series of locks on the Rideau Canal immediately before it joins the Ottawa River.
Another view of the canal lock with a grassy area along side, looking from the road bridge above.
Another view of the canal lock with a grassy area along side, looking from the road bridge above.

Elk Island National Park

The Elk Island National Park is a wildlife sanctuary and boreal forest reserve, located a roughly 45-minute drive from Edmonton, Alberta.

Monday, 24th June 2019

Tony, Tatiana standing by two large wooden chairs in the rain in Elk Island National Park. A large area of flat grassland extending beyond.
Tony, Tatiana standing by Lake Astotin in Elk Island National Park. Long grass in the foreground with the lake beyond. Astotin is the largest lake in the park, located near the main visitor centre.
Tony, Tatiana standing by Lake Astotin in Elk Island National Park. Long grass in the foreground with the lake beyond. Astotin is the largest lake in the park, located near the main visitor centre.
Group of approximately 25 bison sitting in long grass in the near distance. Woodland in the middle distance, Elk Island National Park.
Group of approximately 25 bison sitting in long grass in the near distance. Woodland in the middle distance, Elk Island National Park.
A group of pelicans just visible on the lake.
Tony and Tatiana in front of the Ukrainian Pioneer Home: a white painted building with a thatched roof. Located up a slight hill in Elk Island National Park. It's been a Classified Federal Heritage Building since 1993 and is located at Astotin Lake Recreational Area. It was constructed in 1951 and is an excellent and attractive example of the traditional form and plan of a Ukrainian-Canadian homestead.
Tony and Tatiana in front of the Ukrainian Pioneer Home: a white painted building with a thatched roof. Located up a slight hill in Elk Island National Park. It’s been a Classified Federal Heritage Building since 1993 and is located at Astotin Lake Recreational Area. It was constructed in 1951 and is an excellent and attractive example of the traditional form and plan of a Ukrainian-Canadian homestead.
A single black duck amongst reeds and weed.
A single black duck amongst reeds and weed.