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FrugalSaver

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Trip to Ottawa
« on: August 12, 2016, 09:34:59 AM »
I'll be staying a few days in downtown Ottawa in a couple of weeks and am looking for things I "have to do" and places I "have to eat".

This is my first trip there so I'd like to make the most of the 3-4 days.

Any awesome suggestions?!?

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Re: Trip to Ottawa
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2016, 10:53:15 AM »
If you have young kids I can direct you to some pretty cool parks :)

Aside from that, you will need to consume at least one shawarma from any of the fantastic examples that we have (such as shawarma palace).

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Re: Trip to Ottawa
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2016, 11:38:19 AM »
The aerospace museum is pretty interesting if you're into planes.

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Re: Trip to Ottawa
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2016, 05:45:19 PM »
Gatineau Park is nice even if the weather is a little warm right now.   Good views from any of the lookouts, and nice walks.   maybe from Champlain lookout to Western lookout?

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Re: Trip to Ottawa
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2016, 06:11:32 PM »
I live in the west end of Ottawa and I would suggest, Parliament buildings, Gatineau park but it maybe hard to get to since it's on the other side of the bridge and buses may take a while if you have a car then that would be fine. The Canadian mint is cool if you like money :)  Also right by Parliament Hill are the locks and you can see boats going in and out, a piece of history for sure. Hog's Back Falls is really nice as well to walk around and have a picnic.

For food downtown I would check out reviews on trip advisor. That's what I normally do.

If you have any specific questions I could answer them if you like. Feel free to PM me.

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Re: Trip to Ottawa
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2016, 11:26:42 PM »
Thanks for the feedback everyone. Keep it coming!!!

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Re: Trip to Ottawa
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2016, 05:58:23 AM »
+1 on eating Lebanese food. And the Byward Market is a good place to pick up picnic fixings, or for somewhat-spendy restaurants.

Aside from that, it's a pretty good city for recreational bike riding. If you can find a decent rental, you might want to head out to Gatineau Park, for the rare fun of riding on a paved trail through actual forest-y forest.

And because it's the capital, it has decent museums (national gallery, history, war).

[True story: My son once asked me, "How long did we live in Ottawa?" I said, "Seven years." He said, "What did you do, break a mirror?"]

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Re: Trip to Ottawa
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2016, 06:56:51 AM »
Ottawa's pretty boring. If you are staying over a weekend spend that weekend in Montreal.

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Re: Trip to Ottawa
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2016, 07:37:25 AM »
+1 for Byward Market.

You can spend a nice (sunny) afternoon tooling around the shops/cafes/pubs etc.

Then maybe a walk back up the hill to the Houses of Parliament... then possibly a stroll around Victoria Island?

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Re: Trip to Ottawa
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2016, 07:39:55 AM »
The Royal Canadian Mint was a pretty cool stop.