It was a day to get to know their country for the athletes of the 2015 Canadian Little League Championship. The day before the games kicked off, the players, coaches and umpires headed to Downtown Ottawa for a cultural experience.
The day involved numerous Canadian historical monuments and buildings, and was a great opportunity for some of the kids who travelled across the country to see a part of Canada they had never seen before.
The group kicked off their day by watching the ceremonial Changing of the Guard, getting VIP access and sitting on the grass of parliament to watch the annual tradition. Everyone got a chance to see inside Parliament as well, going on a guided tour of the various rooms and architecture of the building.
The players also go to see the National War Monument, the Centennial Flame, the Chateau Laurier, and the Rideau Canal and the Locks. Some of the kids even got a chance to enjoy a Beavertail for the first time. The day wrapped up with a dinner provided by Boston Pizza at the Eagles Nest.
The games are set to kick off tomorrow. The opening pitch will be thrown at 11am when the White Rock All-Stars face off against the NDG Lynx. The afternoon matinee will see the Lethbridge SWLL Red Giants challenge the High Park Braves. Finally, the Glace Bay McDonald’s Colonels will play host East Nepean Eagles at 6pm.
Also tomorrow, the Opening Ceremonies for the tournament will take place. The festivities will take place from 4:40pm to 5:20pm. This will include a concert by the Band of the Ceremonial Guard, the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and the National Anthem.