A visit to Canada’s capital

The train from Montreal to Ottawa was only two hours with Via Rail. It was busy but officially run by friendly staff. Auto I was very warm but also sunny and didn’t feel quite as heavy as in Montreal. I had a fantastic hotel room in the city with a view of Parliament Hill at the Fairmont Château Laurier.

View from the hotel room

The room and the pad for a very large with a full size closet. I was given a welcome drink voucher, so I quickly had a downstairs to the Terrace, a bar attached to the hotel that is in fact a terrace, which had great views of Parliament Hill and the locks of the Rideau Canal.

Boat locks on Rideau Canal

After enjoying my free drink I wandered up to Parliament Hill and back down Spark Street, lined with cafés, restaurants, and government buildings.

Canadian Parliament

The standard greeting around town is ‘Hello, bonjour’, a reversal from Montreal’s ‘bonjour, hello’.

Each morning I went to Byward Market for breakfast and wandered around the area. There are a lot of restaurants cafés in this area as well as shops and services.

I also spent one morning at the National Gallery of Canada which currently has an exhibition of Gauguin Portraits in addition to their permanent collection of Canadian and international works of art. It was excellent; extensive and well organized.

Rideau Canal

I definitely could have done with more than two and a half days in Ottawa.

Flat-roofed buildings in Ottawa
National Gallery of Canada
Sculpture outside the National Gallery

National Gallery of Canada
Gauguin Portraits exhibition
Group of Seven collection
Group of Seven collection

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