As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to many objects that come from across the country; from British Columbia to Quebec, to Newfoundland and Labrador, to Nunavut and beyond. In many ways, Ottawa is where all points of the country meet.
So, if you’re a Canadian and you’re looking for a connection to your home province or territory in Ottawa, chances are that you’ll find it. In this case however, if you’re from New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island, you’re in luck! These two lovely maritime provinces are the tenth regions to be featured in a series of articles that are highlighting different aspects of the country’s provinces and territories within Ottawa.
New Brunswick offers various beautiful Canadian scenes from dense pine forests to whale-watching and more. While Prince Edward Island is marked by red-sand beaches and lighthouses. From luscious greenery to a scenic sea coast, discover how to find pieces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in Ottawa!
Canadian Museum of History:
At the well-known Canadian Museum of History, which is Canada’s most visited museum, you’ll find two artifacts from New Brunswick.
On display in the First Peoples Hall, you’ll find O’Halloran’s outfit. According to the museum, Captain Henry Dunn O’Halloran, with the British Army’s 69th Regiment of Foot, was made an honourary Mi’Kmaq chief by the “Miramichi Indians.” A public ceremony took place on the banks of the Miramichi River in 1841, the museum said, where O’Halloran was presented with a complete outfit. The museum noted that though O’Halloran was stationed in Halifax, N.S., he spent most of his time in New Brunswick.
Also from New Brunswick, the museum noted that in the virtual Harbinson Collection exhibit, you’ll find a sofa table from 1820. According to the museum, this artifact was made by Thomas Nisbet from Saint John, N.B., who had a reputation for creating superior design and quality. The attractive table, the museum said, “is the gem of the large collection of furniture and accessories.” The museum noted that the piece is part of a collection assembled by John and Heather Harbinson, and later acquired by the Canadian Museum of History.
Canadian Museum of Nature:
Located at 240 McLeod St., the Canadian Museum of Nature puts Canada’s natural history on display. Here, you’ll find everything from dinosaurs to birds, to plants, bugs and more.
In the museum’s impressive Water Gallery, you’ll find ample evidence of the diversity of Canada’s oceans, including tiny sea creatures found off the coasts of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
This gallery’s eye-catcher is an immense blue whale skeleton – found in Codroy, N.L. – but the museum noted that around this impressive artifact, you’ll find tiny jars and cases containing weird and unusual sea creatures. One of which, the museum said, is the Common salp or ‘Salpa fusiformus.’ According to the museum, this ghostly, translucent creature is 30 cm long and was collected in New Brunswick waters. “The Common salp is among the most developed group of invertebrates,” the museum said. “They feature the evolutionary beginnings of a central nerve cord.”
The museum noted that on the other side of the gallery, you’ll find cases with ocean sponges, corals and worms. In a case, the museum said, is a fettucine-like ribbon worm known as ‘Cerebratalus.’ According to the museum, this predator was found off the coast of Prince Edward Island.
Thinking of visiting Ottawa in 2017? Don’t miss these artifacts as well as the museum’s brand new Canada Goose Arctic Gallery. Opening on June 21, 2017, this gallery will highlight all aspects of Canada’s majestic north.
If you have time during your stay in Ottawa, opt to visit Parliament Hill and take a guided tour of Centre Block. On the guided tour, you’ll learn about how every province is represented in Parliament, including New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Did you know that New Brunswick joined Canada in 1867 and that Prince Edward Island followed later in 1873?
Just outside of Centre Block, near Wellington Street, you’ll find Ottawa’s famous Centennial Flame. This bubbling fountain with its ever-burning fire commemorates Canada’s hundredth anniversary as a Confederation. On it, most of Canada’s provinces are represented, including New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Missing from the Flame is Nunavut, as it only joined Canada on April 1, 1999. This monument is also an iconic location to take a photo.
These are only some of the many treasures that can be found in Canada’s Capital. For example, at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, you’ll find honey from every province in Canada. But there are many more things to see and do, as well as more museums to discover such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum (which will reopen in mid-November 2017).
There will also be more artifacts and more new exhibits to discover as Ottawa gears up to celebrate Canada’s big 150th anniversary in 2017! If there’s anywhere you’ll want to be in Canada in 2017, it’s Ottawa – specially on July 1. This will be THE place to celebrate Canada Day this year.
For more information on what’s going on now and on plans being made for Canada’s big birthday year, browse Ottawa Tourism’s 2017 website section.