My partner in crime Theresa and I went to Ottawa 3 or 4 years ago in the winter to catch Ottawa’s famous winter festival “Winterlude”. Unfortunately that year the weather was too warm and the weekend was a total wash-out. Even the ice sculptures had melted.
Well, it was time to give it a second shot. So this past Friday we got in the car and once we drove through a few snow squalls past Oshawa it was smooth sailing all the way to Canada’s capital. We got into town right around 4:30 pm, just before sunset.
Coming in on the 417 into town we caught a bit of Ottawa’s rush hour, and traffic along Wellington Street was bumper to bumper. Funny, I had always figured that Ottawa didnt have a rush hour, boy was I wrong. Just because some people may think that Ottawa is a bit of a bureaucratic backwater doesnt mean its not a hustling and bustling place.
So I have since done some research about this capital of ours and have found out some interesting facts that demonstrate that Ottawa is a much more interesting city than expected:
* Ottawa is the fourth largest urban centre in Canada (behind Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver), with a...