Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa is not only Canada’s capital, but is a fun, walkable city that conveniently packs a number of sites in one area — Parliament Hill, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Ottawa canal locks, Byward Market, etc. It has the feel of a European city and public transportation, like that in Europe, is good.  Once you familiarize yourself with it (or acquaint yourself with a helpful local), it’s easy to visit a number of places over the course of a few days.

I really loved the beautiful Notre Dame cathedral. Its interior was stunning. And if you have a few hours to spare, the National Gallery of Canada is a good place to stroll, admire beautiful works of art, and have your picture taken with Maman the spider. 😉

Ottawa Canal Locks – it’s quite impressive watching boats pass
Notre Dame cathedral
 The cathedral’s beautiful interior
Parliament Hill
It looks just like Big Ben!
Maman the spider at the National Gallery
Indoor and outdoor vendors at Byward Market
Doing the touristy thing with an amphibi (land and sea) tour

Tomb of the unknown soldier

Places to eat

I simply didn’t have enough time to sample all the fare this eclectic city had to offer. I did however, have some Burmese cuisine at Rangoon Restaurant and some good scones at the Scone Witch! 

The Mohinga – Fish noodle soup – was creamy, coconuty and delicious!

Breakfast of champions – scone, smoked salmon, fruit and salad. Ready for a full day of sightseeing!

RV/oversized vehicle parking: We enjoyed our stay at Rideau Heights campground, mostly because of the campground manager, Mr. Raul, who was friendly and helpful. The campground is about a 15 min walk from the bus line, and while there wasn’t much of a pavement going to and from, you’ll be ok as long as you keep an eye out for passing cars. Payment at the campground is cash only.

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