Located at the centre of Canada’s Parliament buildings at Ottawa, the Peace tower is a tall and proud structure attesting Canadian bravery and contribution to world peace.
I visited Ottawa two weeks ago during autumnal equinox, the official arrival of fall in Canada. The weather was cool, the breeze was gentle and leaves were starting to change colour. We estimated that the peak time for fall colours would be two weeks from then.
The Parliament Hill attracts three million tourists each year, most visitors arriving during the summer months. City tours as well as tours shuffling tourists between Toronto and Montreal often stop in Ottawa for few hours, emptying busloads of camera wielding crowds. The crowds disappear at night, leaving you a much quieter ambiance to enjoy the sights.
The Niagara peninsula of Canada has a large network of cycling trails that will keep you busy for days. In this post I have described three of my favourite trails which I have biked as part of a day-trips or in multi-day cycling itineraries.
Until few years ago, I had no clue that one could traverse through major cities in Northern Ontario (and all over Canada, in general) during peak winter thanks to a comprehensive network of snow mobile trails. Ontario alone has about 39,000 km of snow mobile highways! I drove briefly on one of these trails when I went to Timmins couple of winters earlier
Located 330km north of Toronto, North Bay is a small city of 50,000 residents on the shores of Lake Nipissing. North Bay has a nice commercial district by the waterfront and is a compact and walkable. Besides the lake, there are neat coffee shops, bookstores and boutiques dotting small streets in the downtown area
Established in 1971, the botanical garden of University of Guelph is spread over 165 hectares (1.65 sq.km) and boasts of over 38 species of mammals, 188 species of birds, 39 species of butterflies, 18 reptiles and amphibians as well as shrubs and trees.
We visited Fergus in August, when it was hosting the widely popular Sottish Festival and Highland Games. The games are claimed to be the largest conglomeration of clans and contests are held for music and dancing, in addition to typically Scottish events such as the Caber toss
Located on the bank of Lake Huron’s north channel, the little community of Iron Bridge is part of the Huron Shores township. Iron Bridge is small place and the entire village can be traversed on foot in about 15 minutes.