Thursday, January 22, 2015

Alberta Legislature Building

Today we explored the Alberta Legislature Building and the surrounding grounds. Edmonton is the provincial capital, and this is where the Legislative Assembly and the Executive Council meet.
 It is an impressive building that was started in 1907 and completed in 1913.
It took us a while but we made it up all the stairs to the front entrance.
This is the shield of Alberta, and it represents the natural resources of the province.
There are a lot of monuments on the Legislature grounds, so we were able to learn a lot about Alberta. This statue was unveiled in 2011 to commemorate the Catholic sisters of Alberta for their pioneering contributions to education, health care and social welfare.
 This monument commemorates those who have fallen in the line of duty working for the province.
The North-West Mounted Police eventually became the current Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the national police force.
Behind the Legislature Building, we saw the Centennial Flame which was lit December 31, 1966 to commemorate 100 years of Confederation.
We took the time to honour the Canadian Merchant Navy.

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