"Ottawa, Canada's Capital (former ByTown)" Ottawa by pieter_jan_v

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Where VT started for me
PJ's VT history

On my VT homepage it states: Member Since: Jan 02, 2002.

So, why became I involved with VT? To be honest, I went back to Ottawa for a second month of business. In the month before I had seen most of the Ottawa attractions and I just Googled for more information. One of the results must have been Virtual Tourist and I just filled in a nickname and password, without realizing this site had so much more to offer.

This page must have been one of my first VT pages and in 2007 I did a major renovation.


I think I send this postcard in 2001 and a good 10 year later it was returned to me. Why not share it with you all?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Always an upcoming event
  • Cons:Little parking spots on the downtown streets
  • In a nutshell:Canada's Capital
  • Last visit to Ottawa: Nov 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Thanks for your great story, Pieter! It's always interesting to read your stories and see your excellent photographs!

    • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
      Dec 29, 2015 at 10:10 AM

      Victor, this page is special as it was the start of my VT membership. BTW All the best for 2016. PJ

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      Dec 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      Bst wishes for the New Year!

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Ha...somebody tipped me off that you had posted the photo taken in Tuckers...Wow...now that's a pair..Yes it was brief...but fun swapping stories!GREAT restaurant tips Pieter...next time you're in town...Ill take you my fav Vietnamese resto....

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Thanks for your stories, Pieter! ~ Take care ~

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    certainly picked up a few tips- call when you're back visiting again ;-)))

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2004 at 1:46 PM

    Nice overview, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier looks a wonderful place to stay. (~_~)

  • Jul 26, 2003 at 11:22 AM

    gr8 tips on ottawa.. this is where i live.. i like ur nightime pics..

  • europebn's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2003 at 10:38 AM

    PJ, great pages on my hometown! Extra warnings:
    1) -30 temperatures in winter, and 2) drunks on weekends in the market and on Elgin street. :)

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2003 at 11:22 AM

    The Senator's have the best record in the NHL right now. Great Chateau you stayed at. Well done!

  • Kiisu's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2002 at 11:57 AM

    Nice page! I love flea markets - got to go to this one when I visit Ottawa!

  • demonia's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2002 at 9:02 AM

    Amazing pictures and really good tips! Love the night views! :)


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