I absolutely adore the diverse range of culture and scenery that Canada has to offer. Prior to coming to Canada, the only thing I knew about this country were the memories from years past of a trip to the Western side of Canada (accompanied by beautiful blue lakes and moose). Of course, there are the stereotypes of maple syrup and hockey, and I must say that the maple butter we ended up buying at the local market was absolutely delicious. We spent a day walking around in Ottawa, otherwise known as Canada’s capital and it’s just amazing how much one place has to offer.
Here are some of the places we went to visit:
1. Canadian Museum of History: a glimpse into the ancient civilizations, Native peoples, folk culture, military history, and other events and people that have shaped Canada’s identity and culture.
Not to mention that there is also a gorgeous overview of the city from the outside of the museum.
A zen garden located right outside the museum.
2. Rideau Canal: Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this canal system spans a total of 202 kilometers, and connects Kingston, Ontario, on Lake Ontario to Ottawa, Ontario on the Ottawa River.
The Rideau Canal continued, or sometimes known as the Rideau Waterway, which freezes during winter time and becomes a huge skating rink!
3. Parliament of Canada: Parliament buildings have become a widely known and common symbol to Canadians, and the inspiring architecture of these buildings may show you why. This building has become an icon and is home to the Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament.
How cool is the fountain with the two seemingly opposing forces that still seem to coexist? A flame burning right over a fountain of water? Crazy.
As you continue to walk around the streets of Ottawa, you really get to see many of Canada’s prominent buildings and historic landmarks, complete with their exquisite architecture.
4. BeaverTails: Our family friend who was our tour guide for the day took us to one of the popular eateries local to Canada. Also a popular hit among tourists, this Canadian-based pastry stand is known for their “BeaverTail” pastries, or hand stretched fried dough pastry resembling a beavertail that come with an assortment of toppings.
We opted for one of the more simple yet popular BeaverTails, which was just cinnamon, sugar and lemon. Warm, sweet and a little bit of tanginess on a soft dough.
5. Byward Market: BeaverTails is actually situated in Byward Market, so if you make a stop at BeaverTails, be sure to also explore the rest of Byward Market. Located in the heart of the city, there’s a local outdoor market where you’ll find an assortment of fresh produce and flowers. This is actually where we also picked up some maple syrup made by some local farmers! It’s such a unique neighborhood that surrounds this market, and you’ll find that it’s filled with shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and more.
A local bakery that President Obama came to eat at during a visit to Canada-and they have since started to sell “Obama Cookies.”
After a day in Ottawa, it’s hard to not fall in love with a city filled with rich culture and history accompanied by such beautiful architecture and unique sights. Goodbye, Ottawa!
For more attractions and things to do in Ottawa, check out this website. Thanks for reading!