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What comes to mind when I say Amsterdam? What about Buenos Aires or Havana? Beijing, Rome or Moscow? Depending on your experiences in any one of those cities, words like exciting, amazing, overrated or even boring may be used to describe them.
What about Ottawa? What comes to mind now? Anything?
In my opinion, Ottawa is a capital city that gets little to no respect. It definitely doesn’t get much attention on the international stage and as far as North American capitals goes, it plays little brother to Washington DC. A distant little brother.
Where DC wears the pants, Ottawa wears the socks.
Well if you don’t know much about Ottawa or dismiss it altogether as an uneventful, boring and mundane capital city, you haven’t looked beneath the surface hard and long enough. Sure, compared to other towns, Ottawa is subdued and has about as much sex appeal as an unripe banana but still you have to give it its due respect.
Ottawa is a compact town with a bunch of great stuff going for it. Sure it’s got a political side to it but its architecture, museums, markets and attractions, including the beautiful Rideau Canal (the Worlds longest ice-skating rink in the winter), shouldn’t be overlooked. Add a Beavertail to the mix and you have a pretty decent destination.
I spent 48 hours in Canada’s capital and I walked away with more than just a t-shirt. Check it out.