Travel and Transitions Explores Ottawa Landmarks

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Travel Portal visits the Canadian War Museum. educates and encourages visitors with quality articles and interviews on how to explore new horizons, to get out there and discover the world -- locally and abroad, to connect with people from different cultures and to open themselves up to new experiences. In addition to providing practical money-saving tips and destination information, this website intends to foster tolerance and understanding for people from other places and other cultures.

Susanne Pacher, Publisher of Travel and Transitions explored the new Canadian War Museum and its special exhibition “Propaganda: Weapons of Mass Dissemination” on her recent visit to Ottawa during Winterlude, Ottawa’s famous winter festival. This new museum opened in May 2005, with a total collection of about 500,000 artifacts and it houses 4 permanent exhibitions. Designed by Raymond Moriyama, this unique building has an innovative design based on the theme of regeneration.

Some of the unique features of the building are Morse Code windows in both English and French, reading “Lest We Forget” on the north peak, and other windows spell out the Museum’s initials “CWM”. Every November 11, at 11 am, and only on this day and at this hour, the sun shines through the window of the Museum’s Memorial Hall and illuminates the only artifact in this space: the headstone of Canada’s Unknown Soldier. The museum’s aim is to “Educate. Preserve. Remember” and it focuses strictly on Canada’s role in various armed conflicts throughout history.

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