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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day from Ottawa!

Miss Iggy says "Bonjour" from the French-speaking capital of Canada: Ottawa. Ottawa is in the province of Ontario. She was here a few weeks ago, at a time when the "Changing of the Guards" hasn't started yet. Yes, they do that here, too!

The building behind her is the Parliament--the legislative branch of Canada which is composed of the Monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II), Senate, and the House of Commons. Visitors to the Parliament can take advantage of free guided tours.

The highlight of Canada Day celebrations at Parliament Hill is the fireworks at night.

Did you know? The name Canada was derived from the Iroquois Indian word "Kanata" which means "village" or "settlement." There's actually a place in Canada named Kanata, too!

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