Something else Ottawa has to offer is the amazing architecture. As it is Canada’s national capital, this gives the city a number of monumental structures designed to represent the federal government and the nation. There are so many beautiful buildings to see. From the Fairmont Hotel to their Parliament house (which could easily be mistaken for a castle!)
In front of Parliament House is the Centennial Flame (shown in above picture) located symmetrically in the walkway between the Queen’s Gates and the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. The flame is not an eternal flame, it is routinely extinguished during inclement weather or for cleaning, and relit (like most “eternal flames” around the world).
I walked around for most of the day and found little surprises when I got lost in the city. I walked through Little Italy and had a beautiful plate of pasta from a typical Italian restaurant. You know it’s authentic when there is a little Italian lady cooking in the kitchen of the restaurant.
But hands down my favourite place was sunset on Rock Cliff near the Ottawa River. Very romantic and you have a 360 degree view of Ottawa, from the bridge to Parliament house.
Ottawa was not as bad as everyone warned me it was going to be!