Places to Shop in Ottawa

Places to Shop in Ottawa Whilst there is plenty in Ottawa to keep even the most seasoned traveller occupied, the city is also a great place to shop. So whether you’re travelling with a culture vulture, a foodie or a seasoned shopaholic, there are a whole host of places to pick up some great souvenirs. The Byward Market area of downtown Ottawa is the city’s most popular and famous shopping district. Located in the oldest commercial and residential area of the city, the historic market was built in 1926, and after a $2 million renovation in 1997, now plays host […]

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Must-See Sights in Ottawa

Must-See Sights in Ottawa Ottawa is Canada’s capital city, a cultural melting pot of contrasts, of green open spaces and canals, esteemed museums and art galleries, bitterly cold winters and hot humid summers. Whether you want to cycle around the scenic parks or marvel at the Gothic splendour of the Parliament buildings, there’s something for everyone in this jam-packed city. With flights available from London Heathrow to Ottawa from Air Canada and British Airways, and reliable travel insurance available online with Go Travel and the AA, booking your holiday is easy, planning what to do is the difficult part! With […]

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Escape the City Bustle in Rainbow Country

Many Canadians call Ontario home but most of live in or around the Greater Toronto Area or Ottawa. But it’s a vast province with so much more to offer than crowded cities, brimming with tourist traps and souvenir shops. Head just a few hours north and you will find some of the country’s most untouched beauty, complete with the truly kind Canadian spirit of small towns. If this sounds like the type of vacation you’re looking for, head north of Toronto to Rainbow Country. Rainbow Country is the area around the coast of Georgian Bay, a northern inlet of Lake […]

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Ottawa’s Gem – Byward Market

Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, is known mostly for the politicians and bureaucrats these days. I bet there are few residents and even fewer visitors that know the history of how Ottawa come to be the capital city. As it turns out, Ottawa‘s history isn’t the dry expect tale of politicians and typical political jargon. In fact, it’s a little known gem of interest in Canadian history. Lieutenant-Colonel John By founded Bytown in the early 1800s. As retired military official, he was given the responsibility of settling the remote area surrounding the Ontario River. He built the famous Rideau Canal that […]

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Ottawa Beautiful Walks

Ottawa is known primarily for being the centre of Canadian politics, housing the Parliament buildings, as well as the official residences of the Prime Minister and Governor General. It isn’t always deemed as a tourist destination, perhaps for fear of running into some stuffy politicians but there are several scenic drives or walks through Ottawa that will certainly take politics off the mind. Ottawa‘s real hidden gem may be one of the city’s most beautiful walks. Behind Carleton University, on the other side of the Rideau Canal, lies the Experimental Farms. Don’t worry, there are no giant pigs or genetically […]

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CN Tower Restaurant

The CN Tower has a revolving restaurant at the top, called “360.”  Reservations are pretty much required; it’s not exactly a small walk up restaurant!However, the view is worth the effort.  A couple of years ago, my family including a 5-year-old enjoyed the panoramic view.  Due to the height you are at, the Island Airport looks almost like a toy plane airport, but you get to see all the aircraft doing take-offs and final approaches.The food is good too.  It’s an upscale dining experience that’s not so uptight so that you feel too broke or too lower class at the […]

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Toronto Things to Do

This article is a call to all Toronto residents, former residents and visitors to share experiences about this city. Sign up on this site and let us know. I am an ex-Torontonian and have some fond memories of what you can do in and around the city. For example, there’s a terrific walk or bike ride through the parks that I used to start at Alexander Muir Park, which is near Yonge and Lawrence. (By the way, Yonge St. is the dividing point between street names that have East and West as suffixes. E.g. Lawrence Ave. West and Lawrence Avenue […]

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Prince Edward County

I have many fond childhood memories of this part of eastern Ontario. While it seems all the kids in my Toronto neighbourhood went “up north” to cottage country, our family would head east on the 401 toward Belleville. There is an unusual part of Ontario most people zip past while travelling Highway 401. Prince Edward County, also know as Quinte Isle, is accessed off the Wooler Road (or from Trenton and Belleville). This rather crinkly-shaped part of Ontario sticks out into Lake Ontario and is a former peninsula. I say former because between 1882-1889 an 8 km (5 mi.) canal […]

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