If you’ve lived here in Ottawa for any amount of time, you probably have a strong sense of pride for the city. No, we don’t have the population of Toronto or Montreal, but we make up for it in heart!
It also means that we get super happy when other big cities around the world acknowledge us, like the New York Times did today! Not only did they publish an article naming Canada the top place to visit in 2017 (you can read Dayna’s blog on that HERE), but they also wrote a great piece about spending 36 hours here in the National Capital.
They definitely spent their short time here in style, hitting up some of the hottest spots and spending a fair bit of time in Hintonburg and also “Northdal” (the northern end of Dalhousie…I’m born and raised here, and I’ve never heard it called that, did I miss something?)
They went to Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, The Canadian Museum of History, and countless of the city’s trendier restaurants. They even made room in the schedule for an Ottawa delicacy – Beavertails!
If you only had 36 hours in this incredible city, how would you spend it?
My itinerary would HAVE to include:
• The Laff (So far, so good, NY Times)
• ALL the museums, not just the National Gallery and Museum of History. The Canadian War Museum and Nature museum also deserve massive shout outs, and who can forget Aviation?
• The Champlain lookout behind the National Gallery (provided it isn’t closed for construction, even if it was, that would be a pretty good “Ottawa experience”)
• Adventuring (read: walking) alllllll the way down Bank St. to the Glebe, with a stop halfway for Kettleman’s. Can’t have an Adventure without bagels.
• And, of course, exploring along the Rideau Canal, Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, the heritage buildings at UOttawa, and pretty much going from Orleans to Kanata. And Carp. You gotta hit up the flea market.