Little Puffles and Honey decided to go out in search of the elusive Timbits…
The Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007 it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Rideau Canal was constructed between 1826 and 1832 under the supervision of Lieutenant Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers. The canal provided a secure, defensible supply route from Montreal to Kingston, an alternative to the St Lawrence River in the uneasy years following the War of 1812.
The canal has gone through three different eras in its history. The military period began with its construction but slowly declined over the next couple of decades. Never actually used for military purposes, it soon became a commercial waterway. Timber, potash, feldspar, mica, iron ore and phosphate were transported along the canal by steamer and barge, with destinations such as England, New Jersey and Montreal. In the 1850s, the advent of the railroads provided a quicker and more economical form of transportation, thus causing a declining use of the canal for a brief period. The 1880s heralded the recreational period, with numerous excursion steamers ferrying loads of travellers and sightseers along the length of the canal and into the lakes it traverses. Today, the canal continues to be an international recreational attraction, both by water and by land.
One of 24 lockstations, Ottawa Locks, with its flight of eight locks is more than just an item of passing historic interest. These locks represent an amazing engineering achievement in the middle of the Canadian wilderness of the early 19th century and became the focus around which the city of Ottawa grew. The locks connect the channel of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa to the Ottawa River, almost 24m below. In September 1831, the steamboat Union was the first vessel to pass through the Ottawa Locks.
But not a Timbit in sight!
And little Puffles and Honey looked everywhere 🙂
The search for Timbits was temporarily forgotten, as Puffles and Honey tried the Capri Pesto, Sicilian and Carbonara Pizza from Fiazza.
Back on the search trail…
Puffles and Honey came across the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Canada.
The Gallery is housed in a glass and granite building on Sussex Drive with a notable view of the Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988. It is one of the most striking landmarks in Ottawa.
But not a Timbit in sight!
Next to the Gallery, Alexandra Bridge spans the Ottawa River between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.
Great photo opportunities 🙂 but still no Timbits.
Little Puffles and Honey found a cool place to rest, the Fountain Room at National Arts Centre.
It looked like a place for exploration!
This chair is very comfy and just the place to rest after climbing so many stairs looking for Timbits!
Oh no, this is the Redemption leitmotif from Wagner’s Ring! And the door is closed, we can’t escape!
We can’t escape this way either…
Little Puffles and Honey found themselves at the final performance of the 2015-16 season, as Music Director Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra performed music from Wagner’s transcendent Tristan und Isolde with Henk de Vlieger’s symphonic work entitled An Orchestral Passion. Colin Currie, one of the world’s finest percussionists, performed as soloist in Christopher Rouse’s adventurous Der Gerettete Alberich (or “Alberich Saved”), which incorporates the motifs from Wagner’s 16-hour series of operas The Ring of the Nibelungen.
Lots of beautiful music, but still no Timbits 🙂
Puffles what are you doing?
I’m going to wait here until Tim Hortons opens to get Timbits!
Tickles, you have Timbits for us! We looked everywhere all day!
Happy little bears…