Day 21: From Montreal QC to Ottawa ON

by Elinordin July. 19, 2011 1167 views

Upon checking out from KOA Montreal, D headed to Old Montreal again. It was raining yesterday and we only managed to take pictures of Notre-Dame Basilica.

Once you see the cobblestone streets, you are definitely in Old Montreal, just like Old Quebec.

The old architectures of 18th and 19th century are well preserved around this old town.

Place Jacques-Cartier was used as a public market for many years.

Nelson's Column in Place Jacques-Cartier, was built in 1809 to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Driving along Saint Lawrence river… that's the back of Marché Bonsecours on Rue St Paul, a two-story domed public market.

Horse drawn carriages are everywhere in both Vieux Montreal and Quebec.

We made a stop at a Crepe Cafes to try Montreal's crepe. If you're reading this Mary, yup, I tried the crepe! Heh! It was delicious :) Btw, I've been making similar crepes at home too ;)

Continuing our journey to Ottawa.

Yup, we hope for more to discover in Ontario!

It took us about three hours to reach downtown Ottawa.

Welcome to the capital city of Canada!

The main building of the Canadian parliamentary complex on Parliament Hill.

We walked towards the Supreme Court of Canada.

D actually wanted to take picture with the Central Bank of Canada. He went in to surprise his friend, Brent. But, he was not in the office :(

D came here for a business meeting in 2004.

Since D has toured Ottawa before, he was our tourist guide today.

Walking towards the Parliament Hill.

The Centre Block of the parliament complex.

The Centre Block is in the middle of the two buildings (the above is the east block) that has the same Gothic Revival architecture.

“This flame was lighted by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson on the eve of New Year's Day 1967, to mark the first 100 years of Confederation. The coats-of-arms of the provinces and territories, and the dates they joined Confederation are carved on the coping of the fountain.”

We climbed the stairs and walked to the back of this block.

This Parliament Hill is located on the southern banks of the Ottawa River.

It's indeed a nice view from behind the parliament building.

Continued our walk around the parliament buildings.

We stopped briefly at the statue of The Famous Five (including Sarah… hahah!), one is not visible in this picture.

Five Canadian women fought to have women legally recognized as persons in the early 1900s.

To Women Power!!

The Rideau Canal on the east side of the Parliament Hill.

“The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States and is still in use today, with most of its original structures intact” Source: wiki

Ottawa is another beautiful city :)

Welcome to the Sparks! It's Canada's first pedestrian mall.

Upon leaving downtown Ottawa, D made a detour to see Brent's hometown, Almonte.

We made a brief stop to see the waterfalls at Almonte Riverwalk.

We continued our journey towards Toronto and stopped to overnight at Quality Inn in Peterborough. Everyone was looking forward for comfy beds and no more tenting for this trip :)

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