Across Ontario and into Quebec
Trip Start Aug 20, 2011
7Trip End Sep 10, 2011
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Where I stayed
Andrew & Melissa's holiday cottage
What I did
Day 4 Wednesday 24th August 2011
The long drive. It feels like the day we are let loose on Canadian Roads by ourselves, no cars to follow just the two of us, our Keo Soul and Nelly the satnav. Instead of going the easy route to Ottawa which would have been down to Toronto and back up on the Freeway Direct to Ottawa we decided to go cross country which would take us through the Algonquin National Park. The drive was good and uneventful, we stopped for lunch at a marina cafe and the man at the next table was telling us that there was a bad weather warning. but we saw no evidence of it with just a few spots of rain here and there.
Despite Nelly's best efforts to take us off another route, claiming it was quicker, we eventually got to the park which looked very inviting and we both would have liked to have stopped and spent a bit of time there. Portage canoeing seems to be the activity of choice here with Canadian canoes on the roofs and trailers of most cars we saw. It does sound an interesting activity holiday loading all the camp gear into a boat and going off exploring.
The plan was to meet up with Andrew at 8pm at a hotel on the western outskirts of Ottawa that he was having a meeting at. Nelly kept on informing us of our ETA and so we were always travelling with one eye on this. Throughout the journey we only had about 1 hour to spare and with lunch and dinner included we new that we didn't really have time to hang around. For our evening meal we stopped for fish and chips which we ate in the tourist information park of some town outside Renfrew. We rolled into the Brook Street Hotel car park in Kanata at 8pm precisely to find Andrew having just finished his meeting. After hugs and hellos Andrew suggested we drive back to his place in Ottawa, drop our car there and head up to his cottage in Quebec which was a 45minute drive. I thought this was an excellent idea.
We arrived at the cottage just before 10pm, unfortunately Melissa was in bed with a stomach bug but Jamieson and his friend were up. It was good to eventually land at our final destination for this part of the journey. In true Canadian style we opened some beers and went down to the dock to sit by the lake, it would have been a nice place to sit and chat with Andrew, unfortunately the weather had other ideas as the forecast rain for tomorrow started to move in. Now fully acclimatised to the time zone we all retired just before midnight.