Monday, July 26, 2010

Two Nights Spent In Ottawa


We left North Bay Sunday the 18th and drove 217 miles to Ottawa.  Found our Wal-Mart and set up for our stay. 

I have to say they had the most friendly people in the parking lot.  At least 6 came to talk to us to see if we needed anything or help finding something.  We did get directions to take the city bus down town.  I can not say enough nice things about the people in Ottawa, in fact all of Canada.

We started our day early, caught the bus just two blocks from the Wal-mart.  Headed down town in the rain.  It rained off and on most of the day, that did not stop us.

Our first stop was the Parliament Hill, which is close to the shores of the Ottawa River.  The hill  houses several federal departments, museums, courts of law and other national institutions, the most important is the Parliament.  Built in 1866 in a neo-Gothic architectural style.  

Sorry no pictures I’m still having problems with google.

The Parliament Building and the Confederation Building.

We had an English speaking tour of the Parliament building, it is as exquisite on the inside as it is on the outside.  The government was not in session, so we were able to view the house and the senate rooms. 


The House is green and the Senate is red.


The locks along the Ottawa River.


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.



ByWard Market is in one of the historical districts.  Open year-round this area has outdoor patios and terraces, street musicians, and open-air vendors.

We saw 90 percent of Ottawa by just walking, pretty much everything is in a small area of town.  The rest we hopped on a tour bus for a 2 hour tour and saw places on the out skirts of town.  



Residence of the British High Commissioner To Canada. 


The Mounties Training Headquarters.

Before we left downtown we stopped in a pub for a glass of wine and met a couple for Ohio.  Had a very nice visit,  we may run into them again they are traveling the same route we are. 

It was a long day, but we sure loved Ottawa. 

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