Lynn is a blogger who lives in Ottawa with her husband and three kids. Her blog is called ‘Turtlehead’ – her mother’s word for that groggy feeling you get when you’ve overslept. Lynn recently took her kids on a walking tour of downtown Ottawa to look at statues and other outdoor art. As she explains, “Here in Ottawa you can’t really turn around without falling over another statue or memorial or monument, and there are some that are really interesting. In fact, I wish I could have gone to ALL of them, like literally every single one in the city, but in the end I had to try to restrict myself to a reasonable downtown area.”
What she did is brilliant… and it’s an outing we can all participate in. Lynn created an interactive walking tour, an Amazing Race her own, with clues which she gave the kids to lead them to the next statue. Each of her kids also had a map of downtown that they could mark things on, or use to trace their route. At the end of the day… the final stop was for ice cream! If you’d like to take a similar walking tour, here’s the link to Lynn’s blog: https://turtlehead.me/2015/07/10/ottawa-statues-walking-tour/
And here’s the map she created…
The red markers indicate where the statues can be found… like these!
And others like, The Living Room at City Hall, the Ottawa Firefighters Memorial also at City Hall, the Kwakiutl Totem, at Confederation Park, the Sparks Street Grizzly Bear (“Territorial Prerogative”), and the Famous Five on Parliament Hill, just to mention a few.
What a great way to instill an appreciation of history and local art, and celebrate life in the Capital!
Image source: https://turtlehead.me