Ottawa - The Capital of Canada

Trip Start Apr 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We arrived in Ottawa mid-afternoon and managed to waste quite a lot of time looking for somewhere to stay, ranging from phantom B and Bs, hostels with no reply, vacant uni halls of residence and not a campground to be found anywhere remotely close to the city. Our luck turned when we asked a nice guy on the street if he knew of any accommodation and he suggested The King Edward B and B. When we pulled up outside we thought there was no way this magnificent house would be within our price range, and admittedly it was a little over, but what the heck, it was amazing and there was no way we were going to walk away from this place. Built in 1902, this three storey victorian mansion was purchased and restored by the present owner 25 years ago, and it is unique in it's style including a lounge full of floor to ceiling plants and trees (and a water feature) and a front garden literally covered in different colour tulips in preparation for the annual Ottawa tulip festival next week.

We were a little gutted that we had plans for this evening, and as much as we were looking forward to a few drinks with Sarah, it was such a treat to be staying here and you could nose around the place for hours. We headed out regardless and had a brilliant evening; dinner and drinks with Sarah in the Byward Market area and reminiscing about all the good times in South East Asia. Our good luck continued, as Sarah's boyfriend Rob worked in a cocktail bar right in the heart of this vibrant part of the city, and we were spoilt all night with an endless supply of cocktails including world class mojitos!

We begrudgingly packed the next morning, after a long, delicious breakfast and exchanging stories with the other guests. Richard, the owner, who himself has a massive passion for travel, sat with us for a good hour or so helping to plan our route through the states and recommending heaps of things to do and places to see along the way. He sent us on our way with a road atlas that covers every state in Canada and the USA, and with numerous places enthusiastically circled and highlighted within! Before we left town we did a quick walking tour of the Capital, taking in the canal, parliament hill, the markets, shops and park in the sunshine. We hit the road a little later than planned, and headed for Montreal...a little concerned that we'd now be hitting one of canada's busiest cities at rush hour.
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