Weekend Getaway in Ottawa

Ottawa in Cantonese: 渥[ak1]太[taai3]華[wa4]

I usually just plan one to two major spots to visit each day, we never know what might happen in between, so it would be better to reserve time for any kind of “surprises” along our journey.

Day 1 ☀️

  • Arrival
  • Parliament Hill
  • National Gallery of Canada – All National museums are free of admission from 5pm on Thursdays. It is a great place to visit and has perfect lighting to shoot photographs. The 7 Tapas Bar in the museum serves decent meals and they are very instagrammable!

Day 2 ☀️

  • Byward Market – A variety of dining options and a great shopping spot! Below are some of my personal favourites:
    • La Catrina – amazing churros!
    • Maverick’s Donut Company – finger licking goooooooood!
    • Mantovani – an instagrammable cafe which serves a wide selection of gelato. Try kiwi!
  • Rideau Canal – It becomes the world’s largest skating rink in winter. Unfortunately, they don’t rent skates so I could just walk on ice cautiously. Some people even jogged on ice, how is it possible when I tried not to slip….
  • The Glebe and Bank Street – The artsy area in Ottawa. You will discover lots of wall paintings and street art as you walk. It’s a perfect place to spend the afternoon with your loved ones and friends, pop into one of the instagrammable cafe and fashion boutiques, you’ll like it!

Day 3 ❄️

  • Canadian Museum of History – Best place for foreigners like me to learn about the Canadian history. I personally enjoy learning about the natives’ culture. It’s my first time to know about the residential school and it’s pretty fascinating!

Day 4 ☁️

  • Canada Science and Technology Museum – not a big fan of science, but the Uber driver told me that this museum was reopen last year and there were lots of new exhibits. I took his advice and this place didn’t disappoint me! The museum is pretty interactive, super family-friendly and educational, there were staff demonstrating cool experiments with dry ice.
  • Departure

Ottawa is definitely a great place to visit but I hope the postcards will be more trendy. All postcards look like they were designed from twenty years ago smh…

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