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Ottawa in One Day

Like Montreal, we had just one full day in Ottawa.  Our run of luck with almost perfect weather ran out as the rain began on the evening we arrived and continued well into the next day.

After a slow start we braved the showery conditions and walked from our accommodation to Parliament Hill.

On our way we walked through the old market area of Bytown (the original name for Ottawa) and across the Rideau Canal.  The series of locks at the junction of the canal and Ottawa River proved irresistible as we watched a vessel make its way through.  It is all manually operated.  It took almost an hour for the boat to navigate all of the locks.

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Looking the other way along the canal.  In winter, the canal becomes a giant ice-skating rink as the entire waterway freezes.

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The Parliament Building has commanding position atop the hill on the southern bank of the Ottawa River and overlooks the city.

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As you can see from the sky in the photographs, it was not a great day for sightseeing but we persevered and took in as much of the city sights as we could.

The weather fined up late in the afternoon and we were able to go back to the Parliament Buildings to see the “Northern Lights:Sound and Light Show” set against the backdrop of the building.  It was well done with amazing technology and we really enjoyed it.

The next day was fine and sunny for our train trip to Toronto which is the final stop in our trip.  We have a couple of big events planned during our 3 nights there but more on that in the next post.

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The Countdown Continues

It is now only 8.5 weeks until we depart on our next big adventure.

This is from my previous post – 4 weeks ago.


Buy tablet (waiting until 60 days prior to be eligible for GST refund)
Decide on phone SIM
Intercity train travel in Canada – probably not until we are in the country

To be precise, it is only 58 days until we leave so we are now able to buy and be eligible for GST refund so on the weekend we are planning to check out the tablet we want to buy.

GMan ordered the free phone SIM card which is available with our travel insurance.  The SIM card arrived in the mail today.

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We have booked our intercity travel in Canada because when I checked the available times it was obvious that some had already sold out.  We will be catching a train between Quebec and Montreal and again from Ottawa to Toronto, however, we opted for a bus from Montreal to Ottawa as there are more departure time options on the bus.

The final piece in the puzzle is a day trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls.  I had wondered about whether it would be feasible to do it independently using public transport and although it would be possible, I do not think we would gain the best experience.  I am looking at tours which seem to be quite highly rated and include a couple of other attractions as well as the falls in a full-day trip.  We have yet to book a tour but will probably do that in the next few weeks.

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