The morning weather had changed significantly with mostly clear skies with some fair weather cumulus clouds. After a good weather briefing we departed Rockcliffe VFR to Cumberland, just 12 miles down the Ottawa River, to take a look at the neighbourhood and house where we used to live.
Then it was IFR at 10,000 feet to Brantford. The cloud tops were at 6,000 feet later increasing to 8,000 feet so we were in the clear but there was a 25 knot headwind. After passing Toronto we were cleared to 3,000 feet and were bouncing around below the base of the clouds. Brantford had strong gusty surface winds making the approach and landing challenging and appreciating our earlier practice at Abbotsford on windy days.
The afternoon weather in Ottawa seemed like a normal hazy summer day, with sunshine and lots of cumulus clouds. However, the situation in southern Ontario and at our destination in Brantford was quite different. A major system was moving across the Great Lakes with heavy rain, strong winds, hail and lots of lightning. I called Flight Service for a weather briefing and considered going to Kingston. However, after hearing of a tornado watch in the area the decision was easy to stay on the ground. This gave us the opportunity to spend a little more time in Ottawa.
After checking in to the Lord Elgin we visited the National War Memorial, viewed the locks at the Rideau Canal and strolled through the elegant Chateau Laurier Hotel.
Later while having dinner the winds picked up quite a bit and it started to rain; the storm from southern Ontario was now reaching Ottawa.
We made it to Parliament Hill. After visiting the ten provincial capitals and their legislature buildings for a photo with our Canada Flag we flew to Ottawa to visit the National Capital for a photo with the flag that has just traveled across the country in the last month. Mission Accomplished.
Our appointment was at 10:30 to meet with Mr. Stuart Barnable, Chief of Staff, Office of the Speaker of the Senate. It was then a VIP guided tour of the Parliament Building with one of his Special Assistants, Jeremie.
Starting at the Senate, the House of Commons, the Library, up the Peace Tower to see the clock, then finally the Memorial Chamber.
Directly behind the flag is the seat for the Speaker of the Senate. Behind the Speaker is the tallest chair for the reigning Monarch and then their spouse.
The House of Commons is much less elaborate than the Senate.
Jeremie was a great help getting around the Parliament Building and past all the visitors waiting in line. We felt very special.
Jeremie pointed out features that we would have missed otherwise. The photo above depicts the last two Monarchs and above them on the upper gallery are their respective spouses.
We are near the top of the Peace Tower and the mechanism for the clock.
In the Peace Tower, on the Mezzanine floor is located the Memorial Chamber. This Chamber is dedicated to the Canadians fallen in battle throughout Canada’s history. The book above lists airmen who gave their all. It includes the names of two airmen named Leroux. One I believe was my father’s first cousin, and I am unsure of the other.