Canada

Solo Trips and Tips blog posts and photos about traveling in Canada including road trips, hiking, kayaking, street art, graffiti, and more travel tips

National Gallery of Canada – Contemporary Art in Ottawa

National Gallery of Canada – Contemporary Art in Ottawa

The National Gallery of Canada on Sussex Drive is near the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. It is housed in a magnificent building designed by architect Moshe Safdie. The gigantic spider sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois is visible from a distance. The National Gallery of Canada opened in 1988 and the focus is Canadian art but there […]

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Public Art in Ottawa – Outdoor Gallery of Art in Streets and the River

Public Art in Ottawa – Outdoor Gallery of Art in Streets and the River

On my recent solo trip to Canada my favorite public art in Ottawa was the sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois. The giant spider stands in front of the National Gallery of Canada at 380 Sussex Drive. I first visited Maman on my way back from a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint and returned a second time when I viewed […]

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Rideau Canal Walk from Dows Lake to Ottawa Locks

Rideau Canal Walk from Dows Lake to Ottawa Locks

Ottawa is a great city for outdoor activities. On my solo trip to Ottawa I chose an overcast day to walk from Wellington West to Dows Lake and along the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa Locks near Parliament Hill. I wanted to visit the Rideau Canal since I was a kid in Calgary Alberta. I […]

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Solo Travel to Ottawa Best Things to Do in Canada’s Capital City

Solo Travel to Ottawa Best Things to Do in Canada’s Capital City

My first solo trip to Ottawa was in August and it’s the perfect time to visit the capital of Canada. I took the train from Montreal and stayed in beautiful Wellington West, a neighborhood just south of the Ottawa River. It was easy to get around on the local buses in Ottawa and I did […]

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Hotel vs Hostel – Ritz-Carlton or Montreal Central? The Surprising Truth

Hotel vs Hostel – Ritz-Carlton or Montreal Central? The Surprising Truth

Hotel vs hostel – which is better for a solo traveler? I recently spent one night at the Ritz followed by a night at Montreal Central Hostel. I didn’t plan to spend a night at the hostel but sometimes our travel plans require flexibility. If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before and think it’s […]

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Montreal Graffiti Street Art and Murals Around the City

Montreal Graffiti Street Art and Murals Around the City

Montreal graffiti and street art is easy to find while walking around the city. I love street art finds while strolling around a city like Montreal – murals and graffiti are plentiful. My third solo trip to Montreal began with a welcome coolness in the air. August in Austin TX brings hot dry weather and […]

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Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa Ontario Tours Daily

Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa Ontario Tours Daily

In this post I’ll tell you about my tour of the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa. Tours are offered daily starting at 10 am with the last tour at 4 pm. Allow 45 minutes for the tour. On my recent solo trip to Ottawa I visited the Parliament buildings and wandered around the ByWard Market […]

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Ammolite – Colorful Gemstone of Alberta Canada

Ammolite – Colorful Gemstone of Alberta Canada

Ammolite is a gemstone made from fossilized shells of the extinct ammonite mollusks, squid-like creatures, found primarily in Southern Alberta. The shells could grow to as large as 1 meter (39 inches) in diameter. Wouldn’t it be wild to find one of these amazing mollusks while out hiking in Alberta?! Alas, ammolite is not so […]

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