The Canberra of Canada???

Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
Trip End Nov 04, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Monday, October 1, 2012

A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month.  Cris is up early to say goodbye to Tara before we head off on our day's adventure.  Today  we are off to the capital of Canada .... For all readers that are not school teachers the answer is Ottawa.  Tim has kindly agreed (???) to drive the 400 km return trip so that we can visit the country's nexus of political activity.  Dual lane freeway takes us on the 2 hour journey to visit this city with a population of 900,000. 
The landscape between the 2 cities is nothing fantastic but one could imagine driving between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.  After finding a parking spot in the centre of the city (not at the same rates as Brissie) we headed off to Parliament Hill to see if we can join the local protesters of the day.  Unfortunately, only some guy protesting about a corrupt government is sitting today so we pass up on this protest.
Instead, we decide to visit parliament house and fortunately there are no long queues so we are inside the Centre Block in a matter of minutes (after all the normal security checks).  Zip up the lift in the Peace Tower, dedicated in 1927,  the highest structure in the city, to peruse the hand carved limestone and view the cityscapes from the top of the tower.  Within the Tower, is a quiet and sacred place, lesser known since it is experienced from within rather than seen from afar.  The Memorial Chamber is dedicated to the memory of Canadians who have died in military service.  Amazing place to overlook Ottawa.  We had an opportunity to visit parliament during question time but based on our knowledge of Australian parliaments and lack of French decided to qive it a miss.  Escaped from Parliament House without having to sign one autograph.
Leaving this precinct we wandered down town past another Fairmont castle (hotel) to the local market.  For a site that is a must visit on Trip Adviser we must have missed the market!!!!  After a less than momentous lunch, we headed off for a walk along the Unesco national historic Rideau Canal.  This 175 year old 200km long canal connects Kingston with Ottawa through 47 locks.  We were fortunate enough to see a boat coming in through the lock system and saw the gates being manually operated by the local workers - interesting OHS laws here where you can interact with the operators.
Enough of the Capital for today, we head back to Montreal for wine, cheese and Tim's home cooked chicken.
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Olive McInnes on

What a beautiful city. You can tell I'm not a teacher. I thought Vancouver was the Capital of Canada. Doh!

crisanddavid on

Don't worry we didn't know either. I thought it was Toronto. There are lots of things we didn't know but now we do???

crisanddavid on

Hi Wendy and Jeff. Look out for the puppy!!! Clever art work. X

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