Go to Hull

Despite travelling between Ontario and Quebec, the trip from Ottawa to Hull is a quick one yet a trip that offers some interesting views.

This spider thing keeps the National Gallery on the right safe from the inhabitants of Parliament Hill on the left, or is that the right on the left? Anyhow, despite my weird sense of humour it’s fitting that the National Gallery be guarded from the people who would shut it down.

National Art Gallery

The sculpture Maman has eight legs, a head, a torso and egg sack, all weighing in at 6,000 kg. Besides having a hefty weight, the price this work by Franco-American artist Louise Bourgeois has a hefty price tag of $3.2 million. According to museum curator David Franklin, Maman is "a tremendous example of contemporary sculpture; one of the most important that’s been produced in recent years."

Okay…

A quick drive across the Interprovincial (Alexandra) Bridge and we’re on the Boulevard des Allumettières in Hull Quebec.

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The other bridges spanning the Ottawa River are, from west to east:

  • the OCRR railway bridge connects Vydon Acres to Pontiac-Station, Quebec near Chats Falls,
  • the Champlain Bridge which connects Island Park Drive in Westboro to Place Samuel-de-Champlain in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau, Quebec,
  • the Prince of Wales Bridge, a  railway bridge connecting Mechanicsville to the Hull sector of Gatineau, Quebec, Ottawa’s oldest bridge,
  • the Chaudière Bridge, connecting Booth Street in Lebreton Flats to Rue Eddy in Hull,
  • the Portage Bridge connecting Wellington Street in Lebreton Flats to Boulevard Maisonneuve in Hull, and
  • the Macdonald-Cartier Bridg, connects King Edward Avenue in Lower Town to Autoroute de la Gatineau (Autoroute 5) in Hull.

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The Hull side of the Ottawa River provides some spectacular view of Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa.

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