How was your travel experience in Ottawa

2012 to? - Retired - my travel dream becomes reality!

Travel time: April 2012 - January 2018 | by Peter S.

Ontario: Ottawa - the capital 30./31.5./1.6.12

is the federal capital of Canada. It is located in the eastern part of the Province of Ontario on the Ottawa River, right on the border with the Province of Québec. Ottawa means "merchant" in the language of the Algonquin, a people who traded on the river at the time of settlement. On the other bank of the river is the twin city Gatineau. Ottawa itself has 812,129 inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city in Canada, while the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Canada with 1,130,761 inhabitants.

The population is 63% English-speaking and 15% French-speaking. Ottawa is the only officially bilingual city in the region. In the city itself, the English language predominates, in contrast to Gatineau on the other side of the Ottawa River, in which the French language predominates. Due to the large number of immigrants, numerous other languages ​​are also known.

First we try to ask about a visa at the American embassy - a rather difficult undertaking ...; so we start our Ottawa tour at Parliament Hill ...

In 1967 the eternal flame was lit for the 100th anniversary of Canada ... with the coats of arms of all provinces and territories ...

Very British ... Big Ben sends his regards - also from the ringing of bells ...

2 buildings are under renovation ...; we decide to take a tour ...

Queen Elizabeth on horseback ...; Incidentally, it was Queen Victoria who - to the disappointment of Toronto and Québec - declared Ottawa the capital ... Ottawa was then out of the range of the American cannons and pretty much on the language border ...

In the government building ...

The Parliament (photographed from a mural) ...; Since a parliamentary debate was in progress, photos were forbidden ...

in the Senate Hall ...

The well-guarded corridors ...

In front of the TV camera ...; Make statements ...

Over the Ottawa River ...; wonderful panoramic view from the tower of the parliament building ...

Unfortunately with reflections on the windows ...

Memorial to those who fell in various wars ...; all names are handwritten in books ...

The Rideau Canal ...

With its locks ...

In the evening we have fun with a Mexican ...

What's the matter?:
I am retired and have been preparing for my dream trip for some time. The journey takes me across Canada, up to Alaska and more or less along the "Panamericana" south to Tierra del Fuego. I want to get to know foreign countries, people and different cultures. Don't just go on vacation, have time and enjoy life. Always true to the motto: "The journey is the goal" ...!
Details:
Departure:28.04.2012
Duration:6 years
Homecoming:January 2018
Destinations: Switzerland
Germany
Canada
United States
Mexico