After spending our first Canadian month in the province of Quebec between Montreal and Quebec City, we decided to spend a few days in Ontario. We started with Ottawa, the federal capital of the country.
As Ottawa is the political capital of the country, most of the Government’s large buildings are located here. Downtown, you can see federal buildings such as the Federal Court of Appeal, the Court Martial, the Supreme Court, Parliament and many others.
In front of the Parliament of Ottawa, you can see the Centenary Flame. It was inaugurated in 1966 to celebrate the 100 years of the Confederation.
Ottawa’s Rideau Canal and locks
The Rideau Canal is 202 km long between the Ottawa River and Lake Ontario. At one end of the Canal, in the city of Ottawa, you can see a succession of locks. The Canal is very famous in winter for its nearly 8 km of natural skating rinks.
It was an activity that we really wanted to do, but unfortunately the ice-rink closed 10 days before we arrived. In summer, the Canal is also very lively, you can go boating and relax on the promenade.
From the Parliament, on the other side of the Rideau Canal, you arrive in the ByWard Market district. A set of streets which offer in the summer an impressive number of stalls, offering all sorts of foods. In winter, the outdoor market is not set up, but you can still wander around the central building. It offers several small food stalls to eat on site or to take away.
To finish our Ottawa getaway, we went to visit the Canadian Museum of History. It has allowed us to learn more about the history of the country and its people, from First Nations to recent events.