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

Ottawa Locks UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Rideau Canal

Ottawa Locks UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Rideau Canal

On my recent solo trip to Ottawa I visited the Ottawa Locks on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A series of eight locks allow boats to travel between the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal with a total lift of 79 feet. Located between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier Hotel, the Ottawa Locks are […]

Read More →

Peace Tower Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

Peace Tower Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

On my third attempt I enjoyed a visit to the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill during my solo trip to Ottawa Canada. My first attempt failed due to a scheduled protest on Parliament Hill in the afternoon. My second attempt I arrived too near closing time but I did receive some useful information from the staff, […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

Jamming with Montreal Tam-Tams Music Jam Mont Royal

Jamming with Montreal Tam-Tams Music Jam Mont Royal

Jamming and dancing to the Tam Tams on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Montreal’s Mont Royal Park was a perfect finish to my solo travels in Montreal and Ottawa. What are these Tam Tams you ask? Tam Tams is the name given to the weekly summertime drumming festival that takes place on the east slope […]

Read More →

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 and I did a lot […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

Fabergé and Faux Fabérge at MMFA

Fabergé and Faux Fabérge at MMFA

In Montreal my favorite museum to visit is the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and yesterday I attended the fabulous Fabergé exhibit. I used to make jewelry and do cloisonné enamel work so I have an idea of the craftsmanship required to create these fine works of art. The extraordinary Fabergé Imperial Peter the Great Easter […]

Read More →

Montreal Quebec – Public Art – Memory Gaps

Montreal Quebec – Public Art – Memory Gaps

My third solo trip to Montreal begins next week and I started thinking about things to do and see on this visit to one of my favorite cities of the world. Previously I have stayed at Montreal Central hostel which is next to the central bus station and near St Catherine Street – a great […]

Read More →

Top