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2013-10-26 Canadian War Museum

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The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is relatively new and had been recommended to me by a number of people, so one rainy day I decided it would be a good place to go check out. First off, the place is huge, and the layout is basically a central atrium, with "trails" going off in all directions, each trail taking you through a particular chapter in Canadian history, whether it be a particular war, conflict, invasion, or era. You can start from the beginning and follow one track which will essentially lead you through the entirety of Canadian war history from colonial days as British and French settlements, to handing the United States their arses, to modern day wars and conflicts, the cold war, and peacekeeping efforts.

It is a lot to take in! The historical side of things should be done in a couple days if not more, if you are even going to stand a chance of absorbing the information.

There is also a sort of conference hall I suppose you could call it, known as the LeBreton Gallery. This is actually the area that I found a bit more interesting, it houses a very large number of mechanical devices from throughout Canada's war history. From Tanks (lots of them!) to canons, to motorcycles, snowmobiles, trucks, cars, submarines (no, seriously!), and other interesting devices. I only took a very few pictures of some oddities or things I found interesting, but this was worth a visit for any gearhead!

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  1. A Bombardier skidoo used to patrol the high north!
  2. A Bombardier/Can-Am military spec motocrosser.
  3. A cutaway of a very huge Sherman tank engine (I think it was a sherman... can't remember), big 2 stroke diesel, look at that supercharger!
  4. A very cool field maintenance truck, fully equipped with lathe, milling machine, welders, all the tools you could ever need to make new tank parts on the fly!
  5. Use this bad boy to clear your driveway.
  6. A very huge and very impressive insta-bridge... just park this near your obstacle, extend your massive bridge up over the cliff or across the ravine, and drive all your equipment right up!
  7. And of course, more tanks!

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