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Getting on our campground trolley

Ottawa is the capital of Canada, just as Washington, DC is the U.S. capital.  With about a million people, it's a sizable city.

Our lovely campground is owned by the City of Ottawa and is a bit west of town.  We arrived yesterday afternoon and Carly and Nicole in the office are very nice.

This morning at 9am, from the campground office, we took the Grey Line tour's trolley bus directly into the center of Ottawa.  From there we bought a $65 family, one-day, bus tour pass (you had to pay at the kiosk, rather than on the bus).  

Every hour you could catch a bus.  We MISSED the bus at:

10 am- A special Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard was going on nearby at the Parliment Building- very exciting and one poor chap fainted, but he was alright.

Inpsection of the Guard- Lovely Ottawa
  I'm sure it was his very wooly hat that made him so hot as the temp was likely only in the 70's this morn.  Plus, the Governor General was late for her 10am inspection, so they had to stand a long time without moving.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceremonial_Guard

11 am- We were walking along the Rideau Canal then.  You can even cross over it by walking on the top of the gates!  Near the waterfall!  You'd never see that in the U.S.  Exciting!

12 noon- We were eating at a lovely cafe that had all three of my alfresco eating requirements:  flowers, umbrellas , and metal (not plastic) chairs.  Very nice!

1 pm- Naaa!  Just kidding.  We finally made this bus!  We rode around to nearly all of Ottawa, admiring all the Embassies, museums, houses of the rich and famous, the Royal Mounted Police horses, etc.

Rideau Canal - 8 locks in a row

We jumped off at the Bywatch Market which had streets of vendors, produce, Canadian items, buskers, a radio station coming to you live, and beaver tails, which are fried dough pancakes with stuff like cinnamon, maple syrup, crumbled oreos, or other similarly healthy ingredients. 

We ate our way around, trying poutine, which is a french dish of french fries with brown gravy and cheese curds (tasted better than it sounds).  Chocolate truffle cake, an Obama cookie from the place where he came after taking office, etc.  It was tough but someone had to do it.

Our bus load from the campground including a rousingly fun group of Canadians (5 from B.C. although not traveling together), and one Australian.  And Texans, of course.  Speaking of which, there's a Texas rig in the Rib Festival tomorrow and we noted that one award banner they displayed was a 2003 Best Taste from Spring, TX.

Lia loves lunch at the French cafe
  Weird, sitting in Ottawa reading that!  And we saw a TX Road House.  You don't see any other state advertised.  I'm just saying...

Our bus driver offered and we provided consensus for approval to detour to the state liquor shop where I got a bottle of Ontario wine and one recommended by our B.C. friends from their Okanagan region.  The kids also shopped... next door at the grocery store!

The bus (trolley) driver brought us back to the campground, which took a long time in the traffic, dropping us off at our camper.  For just $65 plus tips, we got the half hour ride to town, the hour back to the campground, and a hop-on-off bus tour with commentary around town.  Very worthwhile for 4 people! 

Our bus tour did cross the Ottawa River into Gatineau, which is in Quebec Province.

Maple syrup beavertail
  French is the official language in Quebec.

Ottawa impressions:  A very clean, nice, respectable city with good places to eat, museums to visit, and recreation opportunities along the Ottawa River through town.  I wouldn't hesitate to spend time here enjoying in depth all that it has to offer.  It is lovely.  Not nearly as entertaining as Toronto, but a nice, smaller city.  Most of the people were very nice too.

We spent a great deal of time in the RV tonight tracking and killing mosquitos.  This is serious sport when the penalty for missing is being eaten all night!  They are VICIOUS.  For example, I rolled up one vent to get rid of a monster mosquito stuck in there and then I rolled it back down with now three caught between the screen and vent lid!  I tried again, this time using the hairdrier to blow them out as I lifted the vent lid, which finally worked.

Hilarious!
  But Jazy was just awakened by one buzzing her ear.  There is West Nile disease up here too.  In spite of our showers tonight, some of us put on bug spray for protection.  And the skeeters are especially spry in avoiding our attacks.  I've never seen anything quite like it.  I'm hoping we're safe for the evening... (whoops, spoke too soon!  There's another!)

Tomorrow, Montreal!  (Lord willing)

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Getting on our campground trolley
Getting on our campground trolley
Inpsection of the Guard- Lovely Ot…
Inpsection of the Guard- Lovely O…
Rideau Canal - 8 locks in a row
Rideau Canal - 8 locks in a row
Lia loves lunch at the French cafe
Lia loves lunch at the French cafe
Maple syrup beavertail
Maple syrup beavertail
Hilarious!
Hilarious!
Poutine purchase
Poutine purchase
Lia with artist- buys picture of h…
Lia with artist- buys picture of …
Jazy loves lunch at the French cafe
Jazy loves lunch at the French cafe
Our Ottawa hop-on-off bus for the …
Our Ottawa hop-on-off bus for the…
I love the wine! (You travel with …
I love the wine! (You travel with…
Rideau Canal UNESCO designation pl…
Rideau Canal UNESCO designation p…
Lovely Ottawa
Lovely Ottawa
The Governor General inspecting th…
The Governor General inspecting t…
Inpsection of the Guard- Lovely Ot…
Inpsection of the Guard- Lovely O…
Lovely Fairmont Hotel, Chateau St.…
Lovely Fairmont Hotel, Chateau St…
Nice Postmistress at the Parliment…
Nice Postmistress at the Parlimen…
Fairmont
Fairmont
Parliment Building in Ottawa
Parliment Building in Ottawa
Rideau Canal
Rideau Canal
See how you can walk across the to…
See how you can walk across the t…
Heres a view while walking across…
Here's a view while walking acros…
Rideau Canal
Rideau Canal
Bike/walk path along Rideau Canal-…
Bike/walk path along Rideau Canal…
Sprinter-chassis motorhome driving…
Sprinter-chassis motorhome drivin…
Charles gets his spot on the doubl…
Charles gets his spot on the doub…
Lovely Ottawa
Lovely Ottawa
Lovely Ottawa- looking across the …
Lovely Ottawa- looking across the…
The War Museum looks like a bunker…
The War Museum looks like a bunke…
Lovely Ottawa
Lovely Ottawa
Spider statue (to represent the ar…
Spider statue (to represent the a…
Royal Mounties horses (must be 17…
Royal Mounties' horses (must be 1…
Aviation Museum
Aviation Museum
Bywatch Market
Bywatch Market
Bywatch Market
Bywatch Market
The Obama Cookie
The Obama Cookie
The Obama Cookie
The Obama Cookie
Poutine purchase
Poutine purchase
Bywatch Market
Bywatch Market
Bywatch Market pub
Bywatch Market pub
Parliment
Parliment
Texas rib contestants award banne…
Texas rib contestant's award bann…
Our fun busload from the campground
Our fun busload from the campground
Our fun busload from the campground
Our fun busload from the campground
Our fun busload from the campground
Our fun busload from the campground
Riding the trolley back to the cam…
Riding the trolley back to the ca…
TX restaraunt in Ottawa
TX restaraunt in Ottawa
We need to get smoked meat from he…
We need to get smoked meat from h…
Cool band playing at alfresco cock…
Cool band playing at alfresco coc…
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