Canadian Parliament Photo Sampler

Update – March 2018

Looking for political or parliamentary photographs? Consider the Canadian Parliament photo collection. It includes 200+ images of our institution in scenarios such as Canada Day, Inside, Silhouettes, Christmas, Evenings, Seasons and Night shots.

View the Canadian Parliament photo sampler for inspiration! Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Thank you for visiting and have an excellent evening,

Michel – Website

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Confederation Building – Parliament Hill

Update – March 2017

Ottawa, Bank and Wellington Streets

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Today, I’d like to take you on Parliament Hill. More precisely, the Confederation building. As you can see, it’s an interesting structure with neat towers and beautiful turrets. It was completed in 1932 as the first major component of a new federal government precinct in the area west of Parliament Hill. It was designed by the Chief Architect’s Branch of the Department of Public Works, with official attribution to R.C. Wright, David Ewart and Thomas Adams.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe  exterior is virtually unchanged; It was originally constructed to house employees of federal departments, namely the Department of Agriculture.

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The interior was renovated in the 1970s to mark a shift from accommodating departmental staff to housing a number of government Ministers and Members of Parliament with their staff. It now plays a central role in Parliament.

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Approximate Size: 9,122.6 m2
Current Occupant: House of Commons

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleI hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this interesting building. The pictures are from the Canadian Parliament photo collection. A 200+ image catalog showing Parliament architecture doing what it does best. Images start at $12 (web size) and are available for immediate download. You can also have a look at the various categories I offered, from People, Christmas, Mammals etc. See the galleries here:

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleSources: PWGSC Services, Wikipedia
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Christmas on Parliament Hill

Festive Parliament

Update: March 2018

Each December, Capital cities across Canada are brought together by the annual celebration called Christmas Lights Across Canada.

There are giant snowflakes superimposed on the Parliament Centre Block and more than  150,000 lights on the Hill. Here, the trailing lights were a bonus as a bus drove by creating this great effect during a long exposure.

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Moving inside, we are greeted with a pair of very big Christmas trees in the Rotunda and many more down the hallways. It’s a beautiful showcase that complements the gothic architecture and worth a visit when you’re visiting Ottawa in December.

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I received this beautiful hand painted ornament of the Centre Block in a gift basket and now it’s part of the Christmas and Parliament photo collections.

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A view from the Rotunda looking down the Hall of Honour to the Library of Parliament entrance with Christmas trees decorated with red bows.

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Canadian Parliament Centre Block  bathed in a red sky, with blue lights as a beautiful addition during the festive season. This photo was taken from the Rideau Canal; the longest skating rink in Canada.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

The pictures here are part of the 200+ Canadian Parliament photo collection. Ideal for creative and business professionals, images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Have a look. You never know!

P.S. See the Christmas photo collection and the Christmas Interlude Slideshow for e-Card ideas. Thank you for visiting and have a great evening.

Michel

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Parliament’s Many Faces

Update – March 2017

The Canadian Parliament buildings are an incredible gothic historic wonder that I’ve been photographing since 2006. The collection is now ready for show and you won’t believe the many angles and perspectives that these buildings offer!
See the many faces of Parliament Hill by reading the “Canadian Pride” pictorial from my blog. You could find the perfect image for your document or report. You never know!

The LibraryThank you for visiting and have a great evening.

Michel

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Designing with Photography

Update – February 2018

The Right Photo for the Right Project

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Considering we’re all designing some type of communication like newsletters, communiqués, reports, presentations, blogs etc., read an idea that may help you choose the right photo for your Canadian document. A business project could go like this: We need an image that speaks loud but professionally. It should accommodate a title and other smaller text. And finally, it must portray Canada in a positive light.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleFinding the Right Image

The image above, Political Glow fits the bill as it’s very striking and has room for title and text. Also, anyone, anywhere in Canada will relate to the architecture and sense of pride, making it ideal. I’ve added the PARLIAMENT – PART OF OUR HERITAGE title to show how text and photo work well together. The landscape orientation is ideal for PowerPoint presentations. Don’t forget to use color to emphasize your point. Here, the IAM ART gold color is perfect as it’s matched to the building. The Parliament photo collection also includes a “Portrait” version of the image for those who are creating letter-size portrait formats.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about photos for reports and encourage you to put it to use. Have a look at the 250+ collection of Canadian Parliament photos. Many of the pictures are ideal for Canadian documentation. Images start at $12 and can be downloaded any time. Extended and multi user licensing is available for sharing images directly on your network with business colleagues.

Browse the collection for ideas of images that are ready for publishing.

Thank you for reading and have a great evening.

Michel

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The West Block of Canada

Update – March 2017

I’m taking you on a visit of the Parliamentary Precinct, and today, the topic is the West Block of Canada. This victorian high gothic style structure, built in 1865, stands just west of the Centre Block, hence the name.

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Here we see one of the West Block towers and behind it, the Confederation Building. Today, the West block is closed for renovations. It houses Ministers, Members of Parliament, their employees, committee rooms, and an important ceremonial space. In 2019, it will be the temporary space for the House of Commons Chamber when the Centre Block closes for renovations.

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What we’re seeing here is the West and Centre blocks, early during the renovations. This photo is and will always be an original image part of Canadian history.

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This photo, from the Canadian Parliament collection, West Block at Night, shows the building in its evening glory. It is clad in a rustic Nepean sandstone exterior and dressed stone trim around windows and other edges, as well as displaying a multitude of stone carvings, including gargoyles, grotesques, and friezes, keeping with the style of the rest of the Parliamentary Precinct.

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An interesting fact that not many people are aware of, is that the building is featured on the front of the Canadian five dollar banknote with a portrait of Canada’s 8th PM, Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle As we see here, it is a beautiful building full of gothic intrigue and character, and is also the site chosen to erect the statue of Sir Robert Borden, the 8th Prime Minister of Canada.

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleAnother point of interest that many are not familiar with, is that there is a tunnel connecting the West and Centre Blocks. It will be interesting to find out what will become of it after the renovations.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleDuring a prior renovation, these West Block turrets on the North side, were completely refurbished.

The West Block photos you see here are part of the Canadian Parliament collection of more than 250 images starting at $12 and available for immediate download. Have a look!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the West Block of Canada.

Have a great day!

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Parlez-Vous Parliament?

Update – February 2017

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Parliament Stock Photos For Documents

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIf you’re a parliamentarian, you speak Parliament everyday. You may work for a Member of Parliament or with a government agency in some way or another, you probably speak Parliament more than you think.

I’ve been parlez-vous Parliament since 1984 when I started working as a Graphic Designer on Parliament Hill. Also, I’ve photographed these incredible architectural treasures since 2006 and now have an extensive collection of images to share with all who wish to enhance documents or reports with Canadian photos.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIt’s all about Canadian pride. Why use Parliament photos? Well it’s not what people expect to see in a document or PowerPoint presentation and is always a pleasant surprise for the reader to see the beauty that is our Canadian Parliament Heritage architecture. What I’ve done is phototographed the buildings of the Parliamentary Precint including the West, Centre, East and Langevin blocks, along with the Justice and Confederation buildings. These structures can be seen in all kinds of settings such as Seasons, Day, Night, Inside, Canada Day, Christmas and more!

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIf you’re from Canada or Ottawa, these photos will go a long way to bring professionalism to your communications whether in print or online. Photos add a certain importance to your articles or blogs. See the 200+ collection of Canadian Parliament photos starting at $12 and available for immediate download.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleHave a look at the collection, and, you too will answer yes if asked “Parlez-Vous Parliament”?

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Have a great evening!

Michel

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Terry Fox Anniversary

Aside

Update – March 2017

He Was a Great Person

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleApril 12, 1980, Terry Fox embarked on his cross Canada run on one leg called the Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research.

Terry Fox statue in front of the Centre Block Tower at noon.
See the Canadian Parliament collection at mostphotos.com.

Have a nice day.

Michel

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Fortress You Say?

A Castle in Ottawa!

Stock Photography by Michel Loiselle

A few minutes from the Canadian Parliamentary Precinct, facing Major’s Hill park and neighbour to the American Embassy, you’ll encounter a beautiful castle. Complete with turrets and stone walls, the Connaught Building is a solid and impressive Gothic Tudor style structure. What could this building be? I thought. Then I saw the sign:

CANADA REVENUE AGENCY HEADQUARTERS

So, next time you wonder if our tax dollar is safe, remember the CRA castle Headquarters and you’ll be just fine. Only in Ottawa!

History

Built in the style of Modified Norman and designed by David Ewart, Connaught was opened in 1915 and named after the Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria and Governor General of Canada 1911-16. Designated as a “Classified” federal heritage building, primarily for its architectural significance, the structure is considered to be the “Crown Jewel” of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) the occupant of the building. The Minister and Commissioner of the CRA have offices in the building. Due to security and operational considerations, access is limited to the MacKenzie Street lobby area.

Stock Photography by Michel Loiselle These photos are available from the Michel Loiselle stock photography Portfolio. Also, a 200+ collection of Canadian Parliament images starting at $5 and available for immediate download. Have a great day and enjoy your refund!

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Bridges To Discover

Update – August 2019

Enjoying City Bridges

Ottawa can sure hold its own when it comes to beautiful cities. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the bridges you will encounter when visiting. The first photo, Urban Bridges is Minto bridge (2 of 3), only minutes from the Prime Minister’s residence on Sussex Drive. A walk on it during autumn is a must.

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Below, we see the Minto (bridge 1) during the winter season.

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Stock photos by Michel Loiselle Crossing the river to Gatineau resides a quaint stone arch bridge straight out of olden days. The images here are available as stock photography for your document design projects. You can see the portfolio on mostphotos.com.

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While in Gatineau, you’re also presented with the “Lady Aberdeen bridge”. Built in 1894, it takes you through to the downtown area. It was named in honour of Lady Aberdeen, the wife of then, Governor General of Canada, John Hamilton-Gordon. I am from this very area and, as children, we knew it as the green bridge; in both languages (Pont vert). Life is funny that way. This photo was taken from the belvedere in Rockliffe Park, Ottawa.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleBridged Parliament certainly speaks volumes featuring the Royal Alexandra Interprovincial bridge in the foreground. This specific angle is not seen anywhere else and is an example of Mr. Loiselle’s dedication to originality in his photography. You can see the Canadian Parliament collection of over 250 original photographs. Below, two other views from different perspectives.

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Stock photos by Michel Loiselle

In the heart of the city is the famous Rideau Canal — the longest skating rink in the world. One bridge in the downtown core is the beautiful Laurier Street bridge. Featuring an iron construction archway spanning the Rideau Canal and overlooking the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel and the Convention Centre at dusk.

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Staying downtown, spanning the “Rideau Canal”, the Plaza bridge joins Wellington and Elgin Streets. It is neighbour to the “Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel”, the “Government Conference Centre” and “Parliament Hill”. Sitting atop the Plaza is the “Canadian National War Memorial”. It is walking distance to the famous Ottawa “Sparks Street Mall”.

Autumn stock photos by Michel Loiselle Taking a walk on the pathways of the Kingsmere Estate, you will come across many log bridges like this classic during the gold and orange glow of autumn.

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleMoving east down Rideau Street, we encounter Cummings bridge to the suburb of Vanier. It contains beautiful arches and is reminiscent of certain bridges in Central Park.

Stock photos by Michel LoiselleTurning to the Rideau Canal once again, we meet up with the Patterson Creek bridge shown here during summer. Canoeists use it all the time… it’s such a peaceful place.

Stock photos by Michel LoiselleMaking available various seasons of the same subject is a good idea as it can help your document layout be more season-specific when needed. The creek spills into the Rideau Canal making it one of the prettiest bridges on the canal. Skaters just slip underneath and enjoy the winter.

Stock photography by Michel Loiselle The Pretoria Bridge is a vertical-lift bridge in Ottawa, crossing the beautiful Rideau Canal. It was built in 1915, and is a vertical-lift bridge, meaning that the central portion of the bridge can be elevated to allow boats to pass underneath.

Photos by Michel LoiselleThe Bank Street bridge, seen here at dusk spanning the Rideau Canal, where live bands perform outdoor concerts. Strollers stand on the bridge and listen to live music while watching the canoes go by.

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Take a walk south  and you’ll come upon this beautiful structure on O’Connor Street, featuring a gorgeous Weeping Willow. It’s surrounded by parks, water and in the middle of the Glebe, one of Ottawa’s oldest and prestigious neighbourhoods.

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The O’Connor Street bridge does what it does best: welcome canoeists under it, making it a joy to paddle and appreciate the Rideau canal. Ask any canoe enthusiast the feeling of going under bridges, and you’ll hear many different tales of fun!

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Who doen’t like a red covered bridge? It’s always fun driving through a taste of history. This one, just west of Ottawa, is definitely a classic.

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When in Quebec, near Wakefield, stands this specimen including an inside view. Walking it is as much fun as driving through it. You can peer out the “windows” to see young ones swimming while older boys and girls are jumping off the top. Who hasn’t done it?

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Heading west Ottawa, to the Carleton University train station, we see the O-Train delivering students. A steel bridge strictly for rails that spans the Ottawa river. BTW! I must say, this train is certainly well designed. Bravo OC Transpo!

Another bridge I’ve had the pleasure of photographing, is the “Lagoon” structure in Boston Common Park, Downtown.

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Bridges take us places. An adventure may lie just ahead, cross it, you never know! While vacationing in Cuba, this bridge was begging to be photographed. I’m glad I did, now it’s part of the collection.

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I couldn’t resist including the gorgeous Zakim suspension bridge in Boston. Went there for the HOW design confence and took this shot. One thing that surprised me was how much the bridge shook with traffic, making it harder to stay focused.

 

As the search continues for memorable bridges, I visited the 5 Arch Stone Bridge in Pakenham, Ontario, an hour west of Ottawa. Built in 1901, it spans the Mississippi River and cost $14,500 to build. The arches are 40 feet wide and 8 feet thick. Pakenham is a quaint village, reminiscent of old days gone by. Perfect for a day trip for the whole family.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed a tour of some of our bridges and please have a look at the photo collections. Images start $12 and are available for immediate download.

Thank you for reading. Have a great day!

Michel

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill – Live Music is Always Best – The Confederation Building – The Supreme Court of Canada