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Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:40 am      Reply with quote
I've been asking about Toronto and would now like help on what to see and do in Ottawa, please?

Any off-the-beaten track recs for sights, activities, good local food, etc, please?
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Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:00 pm      Reply with quote
Majorb its been a few years since I visited Ottawa and the only places of note are Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal (if its frozen) & Spark Street. I might get flamed here for saying that Ottawa rolls up the pavements when the Govt. workers sign off at 4.30 p.m. and go home!
For a fun time cross the river into Quebec and visit Hull - great food with a French flair and if you're into gambling they have casinos.
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Hmm I've been to Ottawa a couple of times. Not much to do there. They have the musuem and the art gallery which are ok. Of course you can go visit Parliament but how exciting is that? If you're going in the winter you can skate down the canal but the ice isn't the greatest. Last time I was there in the winter I actually just walked instead of skated. LOL Oh if you love hot sauces they have the best hot sauce shop. It's called Chilly Chiles. They used to have it right downtown but it has since moved to the outskirts but it's worth the drive. http://www.chillychiles.com/

The one thing you absolutely must try when you are there is a "Beaver Tail". That's right, I said beaver tail. And no I am not some sick Canuck. For all you who don't know what that is, it is not a beaver tail, nor is it any type of other animal for that matter. It is a delicious deep fried pastry that is the city's delicacy kind of shaped in the form of a beaver tail. And seeing how you mentioned you like cake in your other thread I'm sure you will appreciate this little bit of info. Mmmmmm beaver tails - so yummy! LOL Wink

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Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:34 am      Reply with quote
Thank you, anya & wildflower. You know, judging from the websites on Ottawa, I kind of got the same feeling you both obviously have - not quite in the same league when it comes to sights/activities/food as Toronto. Still, as Canada is one of my most favourite countries in the world, I thought I may as well see the capital for myself! Also, it'll be a pretty weird experience for me to see redcoat guards, wearing bearskins on their heads that aren't anywhere near Buckingham Palace. So that's got to be worthwhile. Laughing

As for the Beavertails, it probably won't suprise you to learn (cake fiend that I am) that I did find out about those and definitely want to try 'em. Wink Smile My husband can go and checkout the hot sauce shop whilst I do. (That actually sounds a bit dodgy, doesn't it? Hopefully, he won't do the same mix-up there that he did with the poutine/putain in Québec. Shock Laughing
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Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:30 am      Reply with quote
anya wrote:
I might get flamed here for saying that Ottawa rolls up the pavements when the Govt. workers sign off at 4.30 p.m. and go home!


Yup... you were right, that's not a cool thing to say, because:

#1 - I am a GVT worker and can promise you that most of us are still at work at 4:30 pm;
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#2 - Don't talk about things you don't know (unless you're a Federal employee yourself, in which case, where the heck do you work??)

Ottawa is a great city with loads to offer. As a matter of fact, I used to work for Ottawa Tourism. The ByWard Market is a must - for shopping as well as for great food (a load of restaurants to choose from), if you're coming in the next few weeks, we've got Winterlude on (a winter carnaval) with lots of activities around the city & on the Rideau Canal - which is the longest skating rink in the world, the best museums are the War Museum, the Museum of Civilization (in Hull) and the Science & Technology Museum (in the East end). You can also do all the obvious touristy things like visit Parliament, etc...

When you get to town, visit the Capital Infocentre (90 Wellington Street, right in front of the Parliament buildings). They've got loads of information and will be more than happy to help you plan your stay.

Also, here's a link to the NCC (National Capital Commission) website, which may give you further insight:

http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/bins/ncc_web_content_page.asp?cid=16297-16299-10080&lang=1

Enjoy your visit to Ottawa, majorb!

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