An Anglo-Franco city and a mint

Ottawa Travel Blog

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Parliament Building
 

So arrived at Ottawa railway station at 8pm. 30 minutes later, after a bus and a 5 minute walk I was at my Hostel and immediately realised I had left my phone on the train. Luckily there are only about 7 trains a day leaving Ottawa and even an hour later my train was still sat on the platform. Panic over but must have lost half a stone running about.


Stayed in the best hostel ever ��" it is called the Barefoot Hotel and is located near the Rideau centre. Everything is really new and modern. There are only about 15 beds, a nice kitchen, a huge plasma TV on the wall and even an x-box to play on. The downside appeared to be the very quiet housemates ��" most of who went to bed at 10pm each night.


Spent the next day wandering around Ottawa.

Fruit at Byward Market
It is Canada's capital city and it is located in between English speaking Toronto and French speaking Montreal. The architecture is a mix of British and French ��" this is typified by the Parliament building which is like Big Ben with a Gallic touch thrown in.


Later I went to the Royal Canadian Mint. This is where all Canadian coins were made upto the 1970s and today they make commemorative and special edition coins. Quite interesting to see the long winded process it takes to create the coins we use everyday. The Vancover 2010 Olympic medals were also made in Ottawa and there was an explanation of how these special medals were made. Not wanting to part with $200 for a pair of cuff-links, I left as soon as the tour ended in the gift shop.

Crossed the Alexandra bridge from the province of Ontario into Quebec, along the side of the river and back into Ontario. More exploring of Quebec to do soon ��" Montreal tomorrow.

 

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Parliament Building
Parliament Building
Fruit at Byward Market
Fruit at Byward Market
Byward Market
Byward Market
French looking church
French looking church
Parliament building
Parliament building
French architecture
French architecture
Canal locks
Canal locks
Ottawa
photo by: stacey72