Canada Day on Parliament Hill


Parliament Hill in the nation’s capital, as photographed from the Ottawa River. (Julia Pelish/

Sunday marks the 145th birthday of our nation and there’s no better place to celebrate than in Ottawa. On Canada Day 2012, the country’s capital will be alive with some of the biggest parties in the land for 2012. Along with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, many dignitaries will be on hand to mark the founding of the nation in 1867. Musical performances will be highlighted by Feist and Jully Black. Fireworks will take place on Parliament Hill at the end of the night and, as always, tourists can enjoy some of the most beautiful architecture in our country. Ottawa, one of the most underrated travel destinations in North America, is full of green spaces, graceful buildings and a lively spirit in areas such as the Byward Market. This photo shows the back of the Parliament Buildings and was taken on a scenic cruise of the Ottawa River.

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A photographer who has worked in the largest media markets in Canada and the U.S., Julia’s travel photos and videos have been featured prominently in the Toronto Star and been exhibited in galleries in Toronto, New York and Vancouver. Her new line of photo jewelry was inspired by her travels. Even though she is an American, one of her favourite travel experiences was spending Canada Day 2000 on Parliament Hill, joining in a parade with then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien and others. Julia is’s Visuals Editor. See her work at

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