I celebrated Canada Day in the nation’s capitol, Ottawa from one of the most beautiful properties in the world, Fairmont Chateau Laurier. It would have been amazing to celebrate Independence Day in the US capitol but maybe I’ll add that to the list for next year. As for today, we celebrated with a few neighborhood friends and now with Athena off to bed I’m settling in for the night and missing the evening festivities. I think as a way of “seeing” more fireworks I’ll share a few of my favorites from Ottawa. If you’ve missed them on Canada Day and you’re not going to get a chance to celebrate this evening, just have a look at a few of the pictures and take a minute to celebrate with me.
On this year’s bucket list, I decided to add visit Ottawa on Canada Day. I contacted Tourism Ontario and Tourism Ottawa and was lucky enough to be able to work with them. When I arrived in Ottawa, I received a package from the front desk clerk at the hotel. As part of my media package, I was invited to the rooftop of Chateau Laurier to watch the fireworks. I didn’t think I would ever even step foot in Chateau Laurier so watching fireworks as a media representative from the rooftop, the best view in the country, was like a Cinderella dream come true.
I’ve often thought about what my life has become… traveling to new countries, interacting with unique cultures, discovering things I didn’t know existed, and diving into extreme adventures. But sometimes my wildest dreams are even restrictive. I would never have imagined myself watching the celebration from atop one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Chateau Laurier is fit for a real-life Cinderella story.