Monday, February 10, 2014

Ottawa - Canada's Capital

Neil had a 2 day meeting in Ottawa this past week. We added a few more days to explore the nations capital city - it was a first visit for both of us. We've been to Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and Charlottetown but never to Ottawa. The weather was cold (for us) at minus 10 for daytime highs and down to minus 25 overnight. This was balmy compared to the minus 30 temps the city had been experiencing prior to our arrival. There was plenty of snow, 180 cm. Winterlude, Ottawa's Winter festival was on while we were there, attracting thousands of locals and visitors alike over its three week duration. Winterlude is a festival of all things winter that centers activities around the Rideau Canal. The Rideau Canal is the worlds largest skating rink. Here are some of the highlights of our visit:
The Parliament Buildings

Skating on the Rideau Canal
Winterlude Ice Sculptures
Canadian Flags
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, Ottawa. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990.
Chateau Laurier
Overlooking the Rideau Canal
On the Rideau Canal at night.
24 Sussex Drive - home of the Prime Minister and his family.
De-icing of the plane so we could take off from the Ottawa Airport. Looking forward to a return visit to Canada's capital.
Hope you are enjoying the Olympics - Go Canada!

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