Now that we live in the US, Canada Day isn’t as much of a big deal for us. Last year, I did put red and white on Athena but we didn’t even have a celebratory drink. I wanted to do Canada Day bucket list style this year so I added it to my 2013 list, and what better place to celebrate the country than in the nation’s capital? Athena and I arrived in Ottawa today and we’re already in love with the place. You should see what we have in store for tomorrow!
We’re staying at Les Suites Ottawa. With the luxury of a “prime” location, we have a Prime Minister in Canada…. I know I’m getting really corny, right?, the comfort of spacious rooms, and quality service, Les Suites was a perfect bucket list accommodation for our four days in Ottawa. Since Athena goes to bed at around 7pm every night, the separate living room makes traveling with a baby easy and the balcony offers a top notch view of the city. It’s walking distance to Parliament Hill too! Get your walking shoes on Athena; we’re going to have a full day tomorrow.
Arriving just in time for dinner, we walked across the street to Lone Star Texas Grill in the ByWard Market. Credited with bringing Fajitas to Canada, Lone Star is renowned for their Chips & Salsa and the best Fajitas in the country. I didn’t even have to look at the menu; it was Fajitas all the way. The huge crowd made we worry that we’d wait all night for a seat and even longer for our meal, but that wasn’t the case at all. The service was spectacular, thanks Ranger, and the timing was nothing short of a miracle. The place was alive with Canadian spirit and it made me really excited for tomorrow.
The Canada Day plan….
7:00 – Complimentary Breakfast at the Hotel
9:00 – Changing of the Guard Ceremony
9:30 Flag Raising Ceremony
10:00 – Carillon Concert (The Peace Tower’s 53-Bell Carillon)
12:00-1:30 – Canada Day Noon Show (The Guard and the 21-Gun Salute)
2:00 – Helicopter Ride over Ottawa with Heli-Tremblant Helicopter Tours
4:00 – Various Street Performances (Relax on the lawns of Parliament while strolling buskers and drummers entertain.
5:00 – Find Great Poutine (If you don’t know what this is, you’ll see tomorrow.)
7:30 – Canada Day Evening Show (Watch a variety of performances by Canadian artists.)
10:30 – President’s Choice Canada Day Fireworks
Is it all possible with a 14 month old? I guess we’ll see tomorrow.
Happy Canada Day!