Ottawa 2005-2007

Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is a diverse tourist destination that combines history, architecture, culture and opportunities for outdoor activities. During a two day getaway in the winter of 2006 I enjoyed the festivities of Winterlude, Ottawa’s winter festival, and I loved skating on the Rideau Canal, the world’s longest skating rink. I stayed at the Lord Elgin Hotel and learned about the history of this venerable Ottawa establishment. I visited the Canadian War Museum where I saw a fascinating exhibition called “Weapons of Mass Dissemination’. I also visited the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and enjoyed outstanding meals at various restaurants.

In May of 2006 I headed to Ottawa again, this time for four days to explore the famous Tulip Festival. I broadened my horizon at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and learned about farming at the Canadian Agricultural Museum. At the Canadian Museum of Nature I learned about seduction in the animal world. I got to go on the historic Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train and admired the luxury of the Wakefield Mill Inn & Spa, a historic gristmill that has been converted into an upscale hotel, restaurant and spa facility. My culinary experiences even included a taste of aboriginal cuisine at Bistro 115 in Ottawa’s Byward Market.

Way back when in February I went to the Outdoor Adventure Show and I twisted my friend Leslie’s arm to go on a learn-how-to-kayak weekend with me. We booked 2 days including meals, kayaking lessons… Read more.

So Friday I decided to head out on a kayaking weekend with my friend Leslie. This was the first time in about 8 years that I went camping again, and I had a ball sleeping… Read more.

On July 23 and 24 my friend Leslie and I went on a weekend adventure: a learn-how-to-kayak weekend on the Ottawa River. We had a great time, combining sports and relaxation on a weekend away… Read more.

For a while my friend Theresa and I had been planning to go back to Ottawa and experience “Winterlude”, Ottawa’s winter festival. About three years ago we went to Ottawa, only to be rained out… Read more.

My partner in crime Theresa and I went to Ottawa 3 or 4 years ago in the winter to catch Ottawa’s famous winter festival “Winterlude“. Unfortunately that year the weather was too warm and the… Read more.

After our arrival in Ottawa this afternoon and a very brief rest at our hotel, we went out in search of a satisfying dinner. The Lord Elgin Hotel is just about 15 minutes walk away… Read more.

One of the interesting features of Ottawa is its architecture and Ottawa has many heritage sites. Parliament Hill with its historical neo-Gothic buildings was an area I wanted to discover in more detail. The Chateau… Read more.

There is no denying it: Ottawa is known is one of the coldest capitals in the world (only as far as temperatures are concerned though). But does that mean you stay at home during the… Read more.

When I was making my travel plans to Ottawa I had a look at all the events that are part of Winterlude, Ottawa’s Winter Festival, and there was one event that caught my attention right… Read more.

Confederation Park is one of the main centres of Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival, and what was excellent for us was that we were staying right across the street at the Lord Elgin Hotel. So all we… Read more.

When travelling to a new place, you might as well combine history with a unique dining experience and good food. So literally steps away from our temporary home at the Lord Elgin Hotel, we found… Read more.

As far as travel to Ottawa is concerned, you’d be hard pressed to find a more central lodging location than the Lord Elgin Hotel. It is located right at the Intersection of Elgin and Laurier… Read more.

Anybody who knows me and my personal family background knows that I absolutely abhor violence and war. War and conflict has existed all throughout human history and it has often baffled me that even in… Read more.

My schedule in Ottawa this past weekend was extremely compressed, but there was one place I wasn’t going to miss: the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. As a person with no formal background, yet a… Read more.

Canada’s capital has become one of my favourite getaways. At 4.5 hours of driving it’s pretty close to Toronto, it’s easy to get to and there is always a lot going on. For years I… Read more.

When I left Toronto this morning at 10 am it was raining cats and dogs. But fortunately rush hour was finished and traffic was flowing easily. About an hour east of Toronto the rain stopped… Read more.

Today culture was on my mind. After enjoying two interesting exhibits at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, I made my way across the river to the City of Gatineau (formerly Hull) to visit Canada’s… Read more.

As always, I like to focus on unconventional travel ideas and experiences, and food is part of this experience. So before I left for Ottawa I called up the ByWard Market Business Improvement Association to… Read more.

During my assignment here in Ottawa to cover the Tulip Festival I am staying in one of my favourite types of accommodation: a bed and breakfast. Not only will you ever see two B&B properties… Read more.

My day at the McGee’s Inn started early with a breakfast at 7:30 am. I plunked myself down at one of the two-seater tables in the large bay window which gave me a nice view… Read more.

After my visit to the Museum of Nature an adventure of an altogether different nature was awaiting me: the outdoor splendour of Gatineau Park, a large protected nature area measuring 361 square kilometres whose southern… Read more.

My day today so far had been completely dedicated to exploring nature: first I visited the Fatal Attraction Exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature to learn about the art of seduction in the animal… Read more.

After my nerve-wracking yet exciting TV appearance at Majors Hill Park it had started to rain and by this time it was close to 7 pm, so I opened my umbrella and started to take… Read more.

Transportation is an integral experience of any trip, and when you get a chance to experience a unique mode of transportation it’s even better. Even though today we didn’t have the best weather, I drove… Read more.

To experience the charms of the quaint village of Wakefield, I combined my unique transportation experience on the Hull-Chelsea Wakefield Steam Train with a lunch experience at the historic Wakefield Mill Inn and Spa. Ali,… Read more.

After my historic train travel experience on the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train I decided to explore the surrounding neighbourhood. The Casino du Lac Leamy, located in Gatineau on the other side of the Ottawa River, is… Read more.

For a period of almost three weeks, the Canadian Tulip Festival offers a wide range of special events and festivities, and the Flotilla on the Rideau Canal is certainly one of the highlights. This morning… Read more.

Once a year on the May long weekend, the Canada Agriculture Museum puts on its Sheep Shearing Festival. It is held on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Victoria Day weekend. After my excursion… Read more.

After my very interesting introduction to sheep shearing and all sorts of wool processing techniques I had a chance to link up with David Sutin who is the Communications, Marketing and Farm Operations Manager for… Read more.

Canada’s capital has become one of my favourite getaways. At 4.5 hours of driving it’s pretty close to Toronto, it’s easy to get to and there is always a lot going on. For years I… Read more.