Ottawa – Loose Ends

August 22, 2019

Here are some odds and ends from my two days in Ottawa.

This street is parallel to Wellington Street but one block east.  It runs for several blocks and is primarily for pedestrians.  There were some nice restaurants and shops, including one coffee shop I went to several times throughout the two days I was downtown – to mooch their wifi and enjoy several of their beverages (fruit drinks, London Fog – a hot tea drink I’ve taken a liking to, and a mystery drink which was for charity and was supposed to change color).


There was a beauty shop which offered a multitude of services.


I briefly debated getting the Eyebrow Threading (and would have sprung the extra $5 to throw in the moustache) but I had already gotten a bad haircut in Sydney, Nova Scotia a few weeks earlier and spent two weeks apologizing to my Airbnb hosts for my hair (much to their amusement) so I decided to leave well enough alone.

Further down the street they were having a silent auction for charity.  I briefly considered writing in the phone numbers of some folks in Durham with ridiculously high bids but payback is a bitch and I knew there would be hell to pay later.  Besides, it was for charity so I thought I’d better not play my little game.


After two days walking around Ottawa this moose looks about how I felt…



Here’s the mystery drink I paid $5 for (for charity, they said).  Just a juice, not a cocktail.  It had some clever name which is what drew my attention to it in the first place.  I was told it was supposed to change color when I stirred it or when the temperature changed but nothing ever happened and I think I got hoo-dooed.  Oh well, not the first time….


This riddle appeared inside the building next to the Ottawa Locks.  The answer was – YES.


Another riddle of sorts – perhaps a candidate for Canadian Sign Language.  I’m thinking “if you want a doughnut back away from the train”…


This statue of Samuel Champlain was high on a hill behind the art museum.


And who doesn’t like colorful cookies – even if only to look at.  These were back at the Farmers Market which I made one last pass through before bailing my car out of the parking garage and heading back to my Airbnb for the night.




This clever water fountain was outside the Farmers Market.  Two for adults, one for kids and one for pets!


And I don’t know how I missed this the first day.  For a few bucks parents could pay to cram themselves in a “tiny car” with their kids for a several-block ride around the Farmer’s Market area.  Everyone except the engineer seemed to be having a good time.




This concludes my brief time in Ottawa.  Friday would be a travel day as I headed further west for a few busy days in Toronto before returning to the United States.  I did take a 2 1/2 hour boat ride so I will be posting a bunch of pictures of it in the next day or two.  It is ripe for repetition so I will try to select only the best photos which won’t put you to sleep.

2 thoughts on “Ottawa – Loose Ends”

  1. Bonjour! Greetings from Bordeaux. I just had the pleasure of bingeing on the blogs from your travels post The Maritimes. Have decided you know more aboutCanada after2 months than I learned in the 10 years I lived there. Lol. I do have a suggestion for a another entry. Remember the old “What I did this summer” writing assignment that you had to do upon returning to school in the Fall? I would like to see you write one (with or without a little David Letterman twist) entitled “The top ten reasons I’ve decided to return to Canada next year”. Now, you may be sick of writing so remember, this is only a suggestion but I do find myself wondering which experiences or impressions you enjoyed the most. Hope all going well for you and look forward to seeing you when we get back in the Dtown. Take care til then!



    1. Thanks for your input. When I am finished posting pictures from my 2019 Canadian trip I will be disclosing my three main impressions of each province I visited. After that I will expand on my intention to return to the same areas of Canada next year and will give details as to why I want to return so soon. I’ll consider your format suggestion. Continued safe travels in Europe. I look forward to hearing about YOUR trip when you get back to Durham.


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