"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 2, 2012

Aug. 1 – Ottawa, ON

Beautiful City
Downtown Dock

We only had four locks to do today to arrive in Ottawa. What a wonderful city, beautiful old builds, bike trails along the Rideau Canal and amazing views of the Ottawa River. We plan to stay here through the weekend. Seeing the sights and having a little time to relax. We are in the heart of the city with in walking or biking distance everything. We had a late lunch at D’arcy McGees and spent the afternoon getting oriented. We walked around the Parliament Building, By Ward Market, and watched boats lock through the Ottawa Flight (8 locks). We had a small dinner onboard and watched the moon rise over the canal. Later we walked back to Parliament Hill; they put on a laser light show against the Central Parliament Building. It was a look at the history of Canada and was pretty impressive.

Part of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa
Rideau Canal coming into downtown Ottawa
Chateau Laurier opened in 1912
Alexandra Bridge - Quebec is on the other side of the Ottawa River
National Art Gallery of Canada and Norte Dame Cathedral Basilica
A view from Parliament Hill of Major's Hill Park
The Pearl on the wall in Ottawa
The ByWard Market was established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, it is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place.
The Rideau Canal in Ottawa
Sunset view of Parliament Hill
Full moon coming up over the Rideau Canal

1 comment:

  1. ok, im all caught up you can travel again!! LOL, judy