Where to Capture Iconic Photographs in Ottawa

Thursday 17th September, 2015 | Luke Tristan Hayes

In recent years I’ve been extremely privileged to call Ottawa home. With its iconic skyline, historic architecture and magnificent public open spaces, Canada’s capital is truly a photographer’s paradise.

The city’s character changes dramatically with the seasons. Once a year thousands brave the cold to join in the Winterlude celebrations, and take to the ice on the Rideau Canal as it transforms into world’s largest skating rink. Confederation Park is decorated with stunningly intricate sculptures during an annual ice carving competition.

In spring the city comes to life with spectacular colour during the annual Tulip Festival. Throughout summer pleasure boats cruise the waterways, and mature deciduous trees line the rivers, parks and avenues adding further majesty to the city’s Victorian architecture.

On Canada Day weekend, hundreds of thousands of people come together for a weekend of free festivities around Parliament Hill and the downtown core, and during fall Ottawa bursts into colour once again with the changing leaves.

Recently Ottawa Tourism very kindly featured one of my images in their fantastic online article; ‘Where to Capture Iconic Photos of Ottawa’.  The image included was taken at one of my favourite places in Ottawa, the Rideau Canal Locks next to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel.  The article is a must read for Ottawa photography enthusiasts and for anyone planning a visit to Canada’s capital.

To read the full article ‘Where to Capture Iconic Photos of Ottawa’, and for more information about Ottawa’s sights, attractions and events, visit ottawatourism.ca.

To view the featured photograph of the Rideau Canal locks and Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in full, as well as other iconic images I’ve taken around Ottawa, take a look around my online gallery.

Do you have a favourite iconic place in Ottawa?  Feel free to share yours in the Comments below.

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