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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Bridges To Discover

Update – February 2021

 Minto Bridge

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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Stone Bridge Gatineau

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.

Lady Aberdeen Bridge

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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.

Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThis photo is named “Bridged Parliament” and 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 this photographer’s dedication to originality. You can see the Canadian Parliament collection of over 250 original photographs. Below, three other views from different perspectives.

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Laurier Street Bridge

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.

The Plaza Bridge

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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”.

Kingsmere Estate Log Bridges

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.

Cummings Bridge

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.

Patterson Creek Bridge

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.

Pretoria Bridge

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.

Bank Street bridge

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.

O’Connor Street Bridge

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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!

Vimy Memorial Bridge

The Vimy Memorial Bridge

Opened in July 2014, the Vimy Memorial Bridge joined Ottawa’s list of great bridges. It was the 2015 winner of the Gustav Lindenthal Medal. It is named after the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Featuring a unique triple tubular arch formation, it includes three vehicle lanes, dedicated bus lane, bike lanes in each direction and Pedestrian walkways located on the outside. This bridge is the first of its kind in North America.

Covered Bridges

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?

Bridge To Carleton University

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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!

OTHER LOCATIONS

Lagoon Bridge, Boston

Another bridge I’ve had the pleasure of photographing, is the “Lagoon” structure in Boston Common Park, Downtown. It has a London England feel to it that I so enjoyed.

Cuban Bridge

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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.

Zakim Bridge, Boston

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I couldn’t resist including the gorgeous Zakim suspension bridge in Boston. The construction of this bridge was long overdue and Bostonians were delighted when it was finally finished. I Went to this fine city, for the HOW design conference and took this shot. One thing that surprised me was how much the bridge shook with traffic, making it harder to stay focused.

5 Arch Stone Bridge, Pakenham, Ontario

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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.

Thank You

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.

-Michel

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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Exposing Parliament

Update – March 2018

I’m exposing Parliament Hill. See it for what it really is – beautiful gothic castles in the middle of downtown Ottawa. Of course, many locals take the architecture for granted as it’s there everyday.

This image, Corner Politics, taken from Wellington and O’Connor streets, concentrates on the West Block with the Peace Tower in the background. It’s not an angle you see every day. Below, the same scene is depicted at night to give you design choices. For more on this building, read my post The West Block of Canada.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Many of the photos here are ideal for canadian documents. They can lend some authenticity to your written word by giving substance. Adding photography to reports slows the reader while lending a more positive experience.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleHere, we see the roof of the Library of Parliament. Its original architecture is so unique, you can’t help but want to see it up close. What goes on inside is a complete research service for parliamentarians. Read about it in my Library of Parliament photo feature.

Although I am a local myself, I’ve been looking at Parliament through the eyes of a tourist and photographing my findings in a collection since 2006. I’m always amazed at how wonderful the architecture is during any season and at any time of day. I’ve found some interesting angles and different themes to help with your page layouts. For more on different views of Parliament see my post 7 Year Parliament Project.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleConsider original images such as this one, East Block Tower, seen from the unicorn gargoyle’s point of view. Again, not an everyday photo. These types of images give variety and originality to your reports.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleLooking behind Parliament, here we see part of the Library of Parliament, the Peace Tower and the statue of Thomas D’arcy McGee. The flag is ever present and the late-day sun is shining  just right on the gothic architecture.

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Meanwhile, on the Peace Tower, we can see many grotesque and gargoyle sculptures. If you’re curious about these beasts, read my post Gargoyles on Parliament Hill to get the story.

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Featuring the Parliament during different seasons is a great way to add varations to your documents and reports. Here, hundreds of tulips complement our institution. I invite you to read my post Tulips on Parliament Hill to see how nature and architecture get along in Spring.

The images in this blog are taken from the Canadian Parliament photo collection. It contains over 200 parliamentary images in categories such as Canada DayChristmas on the Hill, Silhouettes, IndoorsEvenings, Nights and Seasons. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Multi-user licensing is available.

Thank you for reading.

Michel – Website

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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

Winter Parliament

Update: March 2017

Parliament During White Season

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThere’s something to be said about this beautiful Parliament Hill of ours during the winter season. Stripped of all vibrant colors, the structure itself seems to reach out to us. This image, Evergreen Parliament framed inside the evergreens is somehow enchanting and quiet. Perhaps winter has something to do with that.

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This Path to Politics image is also set in winter but because it is an evening photo the lighting says a lot more. The yellow windows inside Parliament seem to say it’s nice and cozy here.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe panoramic feel of this photo, Political Landscape, really says winter in Ottawa, Canada.

Christmas photos by Michel Loiselle

Featuring the Rideau Canal, Parliament is set in downtown Ottawa surrounded by exciting night life and eclectic restaurants.

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The Parliament Centre block at Christmas during the magic hour.

See more winter Parliament photos of the East Block below.

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Our Gothic Parliament

Update – March 2017

The Canadian Parliament is a statement in Gothic Revival architecture

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The political lines to follow inside Parliament are evident by the beautiful gothic revival style that is the Rotunda. The workmanship and detail make the visit worthwhile as soon as you enter.

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The love of gothic architecture continues outside on Parliament Hill with stone walls, turrets and gargoyles.

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These images are part of the 250+ Canadian Parliament collection by Michel Loiselle. Photos start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Images are edited for color accuracy and noise, making them ready for publishing online or in print. The intended audience includes web and print designers, advertising and communications agencies and publishing houses. The audience also includes corporate business, Parliament Hill, diplomats and creatives.

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When your project needs to portray Canada, this important collection will serve you well. See the portfolio at mostphotos.com.

Thank you and 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

Parliament For Everyone

Update – March 2017

Our Canadian Heritage… Parliament Hill

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIntroducing the Canadian Parliament photo collection by Michel Loiselle. There are more than 200 images of our institution in scenarios including Canada Day, Christmas, Silhouettes, Seasons, Inside, Evening and Night shots. Read my article “Canada in One Photo” to see how this gothic architecture can be used.

The collection is now available to all who wish to add canadian imagery to PowerPoint presentations, reports, documents, articles and Web sites.

Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Multi-seat licensing is available for direct network access from you and your work colleagues.

Visit the complete portfolio at Mostphotos.com.

Thank you and have a great evening!

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

Four Seasons on Parliament Hill

Finding season-specific Parliament Photos

Update – March 2017

Why are photos of Parliament mostly summer shots? What about the other seasons?

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Winter Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament stock photo collection by Michel Loiselle includes images of all seasons to help Designers better communicate season-specific projects. This winter image, Path to Politics is also an evening shot making it that much more enjoyable.

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Autumn Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

Consider this image, October Politics and how it gives a new feeling to the subject. It’s alive with color and truly inviting. Graphic Designers can get at least one photo of each season to help with specific campaigns.

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Spring Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

This Spring Parliament photo certainly says spring with pride and energy. See how CERC has used the image for an online magazine article.

Ensuring that all seasons are included in the Canadian Parliament portfolio makes the collection more valuable to clients.

The fact that this image is on an angle also helps attract attention to your story and get your message across more readily.

Keeping the Designer in mind when creating images is important. Clients want choice.

The Political Glow image below certainly says summer with attitude! It’s a great image to have when you really need to say CANADA in your message.

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Summer Evening Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament collection is an important national resource for the creative community in Canada.

See the Portfolio on mostphotos.com.

Thanks for reading and have an excellent day!

Michel

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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Canadian Pride

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Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Update – March 2017

Respecting Canada and its Institution

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleMeet Michel Loiselle, an Ottawa Graphic Designer / Photographer who fell in love with the gothic architecture of the Canadian Parliament. As for respecting the institution, he’s built a 25-year career on Parliament Hill as a Graphic Designer. “I’ve been taking photos of Parliament since 2006 and consider the collection ready for show”, says Loiselle. He continues to add to the collection. As it grew, he wanted more, wanted to portray it in ways that showed pride, history, excitement, education and national community. The Parliament collection is now available for sale to publishing houses, advertising and communications firms through stock agencies such as Mostphotos, Shutterstock, BIGSTOCK and Fotolia, but more and more people are buying them for their homes. It shows the respect Canadians have for their freedom. The various Parliament buildings are showcased in scenes such as Seasons, Inside, Night, Canada Day, Evening, and Christmas. Great care is taken to ensure that images are of the highest quality for magazine publication. The photos are also used as posters for Canadian events and conferences.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleUnusual Angles and Perspectives

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe collection features different perspectives as in this Parliamentary image behind the Alexandra bridge. You’ll agree that it has its own feeling! Because he’s from Ottawa, Michel returns again and again to Parliament Hill to get the best times of day or special days when just the right seasonal effect is needed. Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThis image, Political Justice, is another example of Michel’s dedication to originality. By combining justice and political icons, the photograph becomes a story, concept or metaphor, giving designers more flexibility for imaging. All this thinking goes into creating an original collection.

By making available various buildings, the collection becomes more important. For example, if you wish to show where Members of Parliament have offices on Parliament Hill, simply turn to the Confederation building, expanding the reach and giving designers more options. These photos of the Confederation building taken in summer, winter and spring, show the diversity of the Canadian Parliament collection. Creating it takes time as the seasons pass, a few images are added and different feelings are achieved.

The Canadian Parliament Confederation Building in summer. photo by Michel LoiselleThe canadian Parliament Confederation building on Wellington Street in Ottawa. Photo by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament Confederation Building on Wellington Street in Ottawa. Photo by Michel Loiselle

Have a look at the Canadian Parliament collection and share in the Canada pride!

Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Thank you and have a nice evening!

Michel Loiselle

819-246-4103

Loiselle2@Bell.Net

Website: http://LoiselleBlog.Com/Contact

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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