Roger, Maggie, & Camden - U.S. & Canada 2012 travel blog

OMG! Are you kidding? We have to go up all those locks...

Looking down over the locks, with House of Commons on left and...

Top lock opens into canal that is right downtown Ottawa. Vessels up...

This vessel "POGO" was in the Canadian military museum and used on...

All of the locks we've been going through are Canadian historic sites...

A wonderland downtown dock. Right in the thick of things. Just a...

Miles of park along the Rideau (Ree-doe) Canal that runs through the...

Roger totally fell into the Ottawa way of life in an Irish...

The changing of the guard with pomp and circumstance goes on every...

On the grounds of the Parliament building and House of Commons buildings.

Bagpipers and full military parade band.

Maggie wanted to take this dashing guard home. She always liked a...

The tomb of Canada's Unknown Soldier.

Changing of the guard. Guards are volunteers and do one hour watch...

FYI, in Ottawa a lady can rent a curling iron in a...

How about some souvenier shopping and then a fish'n chips lunch?


We spent three nights in Ottawa. It wasn't long enough. We browsed the wonderful farmers market and surrounding shops, sampling the merchants' wares. Of course we never forgot our four-legged buddy who is touring with us and we always allowed her to make new friends in the park.

Our last night we invited boaters Rusty & Betty with puppy "Gigi" to have cocktails with us on our deck. They live in Naples and are doing this leg of the trip in reverse... going in the opposite direction. The dogs romped while we swapped tales and advice. Rusty is a retired state department person who was assigned to the embassy in Russia before retiring. Betty is (or was?) a Canadian.

One night we went to a fabulous show that was projected on the Parliament building. It was a very patriotic presentation done in a contemporary fashion with lights and music extraordinaire. It certainly outdid what we saw in Quebec city. After all, we're in Canada's capitol now.

When we left Ottawa - on the way out of town - we continued southwest on the Rideau Canal through the city. And what a lovely, clean, warm and fuzzy city it is. The parks and waterfront areas are first class. It was a Saturday that we left and the parks and canal were filled with people enjoying their gem of a city. Canoes, kayaks, bicycles, buggies, rollerblades, scateboards galore



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