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Perfect Spring Day in Ottawa

It’s about time I write a post about Ottawa, the place where I live now. Ottawa is great in the spring with lots of green spaces, great festivals and plenty of spots for outdoor activities. I decided to do a walking tour of the Byward Market and New Edinburgh and document my itinerary for anyone who may happen to be in the area and is looking for something to do. The walk is about 6.6 km and may take anywhere from three to five hours depending on your pace. Ottawa has some great museums and some are in walking distance from city centre.

I started my walk at the National War Memorial, corner of Rideau and Elgin St. I walked over to the Rideau Canal and took this shot of the Rideau locks right next to the Parliament building.

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I took the stairs down to the Rideau locks by Chateau Laurier. I have done this route many times but first time visitors can spend some time walking along the Ottawa river and visiting the ByTown Museum. From the Rideau locks I continued my walk to Major’s Hill Park where the tulip festival was in full swing. I crossed the park and continued my walk across Alexandria Bridge for great views of the Parliament Hill on the Ottawa side and the Museum of History on the Gatineau side. I didn’t cross into Gatineau but turned around and headed for the National Gallery of Canada.

My mini messenger bag from Zara with Alexandria Bridge in the background.

My mini messenger bag from Zara with Alexandria Bridge in the background.

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From the art gallery I headed to the market and had lunch at my favourite Mexican restaurant, Corazon De Maiz. Their burritos are simply delicious and made unique by their signature sauces like salsa verde, jalapeño garlic sauce, chipotle and the lethal Diego XXXXX hot.

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From the ByWard Market I continued north on Sussex Street along the Ottawa River all the way to Rideau Falls.

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Down the street from the falls is the Rideau Hall, the residence of Canada’s governor general. The residence has some beautiful grounds perfect for an afternoon siesta or a game of cricket.

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Around Rideau Hall is New Edinburgh neighbourhood with some old and spectacular homes. I walked on Avon Lane, a narrow, charming street that made me feel like I was in a small town from a time gone by.

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I walked back through New Edinburgh Park and over Minto Bridge all the way to the ByWard Market and the start of my walk.

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I hope you get a chance to do this walk and enjoy it as much as I did. It’s a quick snapshot of Ottawa and perfect for those who visit the capital for the day.

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