"Canada's Capital City!" Ottawa by Jefie
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From the get-go I must admit that of all my travel pages, this is probably the one that least reflects how much I actually enjoy spending time in this city. As a federal government employee, I get the opportunity to travel to Ottawa at least once a year and each time I really look forward to it. Canada's capital is a charming, relatively quiet city that offers visitors an interesting blend of history, arts, nature and culture. There are several museums located in the Ottawa region, and with over 30 festivals going on throughout the year, there's always something fun to do around town. The main problem for me is that since I usually go there for work, I always seem to forget to document my trips, no matter how much fun they are. I'll try to update this page as often as I can, but here's the most important piece of advice I can give my fellow VTers: if you're planning a trip to Eastern Canada, do add Ottawa to your list of places to see!
Back in 1857, when Queen Victoria was asked to pick the capital of Canada, she chose Ottawa although she'd never been there herself. At the time, the little city of "Bytown" didn't have much to offer - in fact, it was a rather rough little town, mostly populated by loggers and Irish immigrants. However, the Queen's advisors liked how it was located about halfway between Quebec City and Toronto, two of the country's most important colonies at the time, and felt it could help unite Lower (French) and Upper (English) Canada. To a certain extent, one could say that it worked since the area we now call "National Capital Region" includes both Ottawa and the city of Gatineau, located on the other side of the Ottawa River in the province of Quebec.
Perhaps I haven't been lucky, but all the hotels I've stayed at in Ottawa were only so-so... until I stayed at the Lord... more travel advice
This hotel has clearly seen better days, so the rooms and furniture are all slightly outdated. However, if you happen to... more travel advice
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