Buskers, Pipers, Boaters and Hot Sunny Days.

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Grainger's Tent & Trailer Campground

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ottawa on a long weekend. Gorgeous weather. Sidewalk cafés. Women in bikinis. What more could you ask for?

Today we went into Ottawa to do a little touring. We went in early hoping to beat the crowds. There was a festival along the Rideau canal and buskers plying their trade along the city streets.

We started off with a visit to the Parliament buildings. A crowd was already there watching the guard band perform and march. We sauntered around the grounds then headed to the Rideau Canal locks. We walked down to the lowest lock and noticed a dozen boats or so starting the crawl up to the highest level. We take a few pictures there and then zigzag around town.

We stop for lunch at a sidewalk cafe then Alexis wants to see the Photography Museum which is back towards the Parliament buildings and on the opposite side of the Rideau Canal where we were a couple hours earlier. The door on the building which housed the Museum says it's moved (somewhere where we just came from). Oh well. We're not walking back.

We take a look at the canal locks and in the highest lock are about a dozen boats. They look very similar to the ones we saw 2 hours earlier. Then we notice certain individuals we had seen earlier in the boats (Women in bikinis are hard to forget). Talk about a fun day of boating. 2.5 hours to get through the locks. It wasn't hard to see why the individuals all looked so well tanned.

We slowly made our way back to the truck, watching some buskers perform their various tricks, then stopped in at a mall for some groceries. At the campground we headed for the pool and lounge there for a while.

A brief but enjoyable day in our Nation's Capital.
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