My first solo trip to Ottawa – the capital of Canada – the Motherland – was in August. I took a train from Montreal and stayed in beautiful Wellington West – just south of the Ottawa River.
Walking to catch the bus to my AirBnB accommodations I stopped on the overpass from the Via Rail station and pondered if my bus would indeed be on the north side of the road. A woman stopped and asked if I needed assistance. After explaining my query she informed me I was correct and when I asked about the whereabouts of a ticket machine she reached in her wallet and handed me $5. Oh no I couldn’t take your money – I will just go back to the train station and get change for my $20. “No, my daughter is traveling alone now and someone did her a favor so I want to do you a favor” she insisted and turned to leave. I told her I would pay it forward to someone else and she smiled and nodded in agreement as she strode away.
At the bus stop another woman searched for change and asked other people if they had change for me when she saw me clutching the $5 bill. Is everyone this nice in Ottawa?! Basically yes. Ottawa has got to be one of the friendliest cities on the planet!
Enjoy some photos of the highlights of my 5 days in Ottawa and I’ll write in more detail about each one in the coming weeks.
My first walk along the Ottawa River I came across the annual rock art exhibit
My first evening I became acquainted with the seafood offerings in Wellington West
The changing of the Guard at Parliament Hill attracts visitors all summer long
Ottawa Locks allow boats to travel from the Ottawa River to Kingston via the Rideau Canal – it takes 1.5 hours to pass through all 8 locks – with a lift of 79 feet
ByWard Market is located a few blocks from Parliament Hill – shopping, restaurants, and a farmer’s market
Stop by the Royal Canadian Mint for a tour and a chance to hold a 28 lb gold bar in your hands!
A short walk from the Mint catch up on the Canadian art scene at the National Gallery of Canada
I enjoyed beautiful scenery as I spent hours walking along the Rideau Canal
I walked from Wellington West to Dows Lake and all along the Rideau Canal one day
At Parliament Hill I took in a tour of Center Block and the Peace Tower
I enjoyed a Fairy Dance performance by Natasha Royka Movement along the Ottawa River – a gorgeous sunset and the rock art of John Ceprano provided the background
I thoroughly enjoyed my 5 days of solo travel in Ottawa – a beautiful city with friendly people and plenty to do outdoors in the summer time.
Have you traveled to Ottawa? What were some of your favorite things to do and see?
Planning a trip to Ottawa – what would you most like to see?