Arriving in Canada – a weekend in Ottawa

Arriving in Canada was fantastic, we’d spent a long time flying and were looking forward to getting to our nice little bed and breakfast.

First thing that hit us after arriving and picking up the car was the sheer size of the vehicle we had chosen, economy in Canada doesn’t equal a manageable size to drive! The second thing that hit us is that neither of us have ever driven on the ‘wrong’ side of the road before so the first time being out of an airport in pitch black was probably one of the scariest moments we’d had…

Ottawa is an amazing city though, really easy to walk around as everything is so close and exactly what we were expecting in terms of the centre being cute wee shops and clapboard fronts. We were one street back from the main centre and yet it was so peaceful it felt like we were miles from anything.

First morning we went for a walk over the river which was pretty cool as it meant passing from Ontario into Quebec and back to Ontario again. It was a loooong, long walk!

I love being in a new city, I really enjoy feeling lost and wondering what’s round the next corner so we spent our  first day ambling around and getting our bearings. We eventually ended up in the market and bought some ‘beaver tails’ to eat. It’s a kind of flat dough/doughnut style pastry with either cinnamon or cheese on it, was perfect on such a cold day! Probably not too good for the old diet but hey, when on holiday…

We saw a guy begging with a sign on his chest saying “too much dope, can you spare some change for my munchies” – I thought it was quite original!

Some art in Ottawa
Some art in Ottawa
Our walk in Ottawa
Our walk in Ottawa
Beaver Tails!
Beaver Tails!
On our walk
On our walk