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.
Looking the other way along the canal. In winter, the canal becomes a giant ice-skating rink as the entire waterway freezes.
The Parliament Building has commanding position atop the hill on the southern bank of the Ottawa River and overlooks the city.
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.