We had been told by a few people to not even visit Ottawa, but being a PDHPE teacher and having taught the Ottawa charter for so many years as part of the curriculum I thought it necessary to stop and see what all the fuss was over. Amazing! I would have signed the charter too - what a gorgeous city!!!! The buildings were old and gothic looking. It reminded me of time that I had spent in London but parts of it I imagine France.
On arrival it was pouring rain but the weather fined up as we pulled into the hotel car park and stayed that way until we departed. Our night time adventure saw us walk from Gatineau, Quebec into Ottawa, Ontario - just across the bridge where we witnessed beautiful scenery including the rideau canals and locs parliamentary buildings, art gallery and Notre-dame cathedral. Dinner at the Byward markets followed by mosiaka at the parliament - a night light show expressing the history of Canada. Amazing!!!
The next morning we watched the changing of the guards at parliament house and jumped on a hop on hip off bus tour of the city. Too much to explore and not enough time!
- Maurice Richard statue
-fairmont chateau Laurier