|Ottawa - chosen as Canada's capital city because of its location between French Canada (Quebec City) and English Canada (Toronto) and also, as legend has it, because the queen at the time had received a painting of Ottawa with its autumn tree colours along the riverbank and thought it would be a lovely place to go. And so it was.
#2 & 3 - the market was colourful and near to our converted jailhouse hostel. It was very humid there though and well, the prison we stayed in never was built for comfort or air circulation. Our last night there, we opted to splurge on a air conditioned motel and get a good sleep before the drive to Guelph the next day.
#6 - The Rideau Canal Waterway, which links the lakes and rivers between Ottawa and Kingston, is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America. The locks are operated today much as they were when first opened in 1832.
#7 - Museum of Human Civilization - we spent nearly a full afternoon here discovering the development of Canada as a nation from its early explorers, settlers to today's multi-cultural, multi-lingual society. Check out the Northern Irish influence in photo #8!
#11 and 12 - The sound and light show at the Parliament Buildings was impressive. It gave examples of Canada's land, people and culture through the ages as well as highlighting Canadian poets, musicians and artists.