From riverbanks to frozen canals; Ottawa, Canada

frozen canals Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa is a fascinating city simply because over time, the locals managed to keep the city green amidst industrialization and incredible economic growth. This makes your Ottawa tour, simply refreshing, a real green city indeed. If you have romantic plans, you won’t be disappointed because the scenery is simply marvelous, think riverbanks and fascinating shops offering scenic backdrops.

For a little bit of history, the famous and wealthy Ottawa city started from a lumber town. Then, there was the construction of the Rideau Canal, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site preserving the herculean task of constructing it by hand from 1826 through 1832. Ottawa became the capital of Canada in 1857 by the decree of Queen Victoria.

Ottawa sits on the confluence of three great rivers; Ottawa River, Rideau River and Gatineau River. Because of its green city reputation, you can find most of the locals spending ample amount of time on national parks; mind you, they’re clean freak people and I simply love it. Biking around the city is also preferable because of its green connotations. Most of the attractions are also best explored on foot so renting a car isn’t necessary.

One of the popular tourist attractions is the Parliament Hill in the center of downtown Ottawa graced by the scenic beauty of the Ottawa River. The building has an interesting Gothic revival style but what makes it very important to any tourist is that you basically use this as a reference point to the many tourist attractions in Ottawa. To fully explore the buildings you need to buy some tickets in advance. Some tourists are quite fascinated by the changing of the Guards on the lawns of Parliament. They also do this at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and at the Rideau Hall.

You can also experience the Haunted Walk of Ottawa attraction which highlights Ottawa’s darker history and the famed haunting stories. This place is somewhat eerie especially when you spot one of the cloaked guides leading guests through the city streets with a lantern light. Perhaps, you can conceive your bookseller idea here as you go past dark streets decorated with ghostly arts.

With a modest bike, you can visit the fantastic Gatineau Park overlooking the Ottawa River. This can also be your romantic spot since biking side by side with your date with the river on your side view is simply romantic.

If you visit during winter, don’t miss the incredible Rideau Canal, which practically becomes the largest outdoor skating rink in the world. This is perfect for couples since winter is naturally associated with cuddling; plenty of hugs to avoid freezing. No need to bring your own gear as skates can be rented in the area. If you are adventurous you can also follow many ice skating trails such as the city’s famous trail system and you can even do some exhilarating downhill skiing too.

Have fun and please don’t forget to bring your ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) Visa with you for an incredible and hassle free fun adventure.

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