Leaving these lovable beavers behind, our subsequent cease in Quebec was laborious to pronounce (no less than, in my expertise 😄) Outaouais.
Extra particularly, in Outaouais we stayed in Gatineau, a metropolis proper subsequent to Canada’s capital metropolis of Ottawa (like actually throughout the river – you possibly can see the Parliament of Canada from right here!)
*Took me some time to get there however simply in case you discover it useful if you go to, Outaouais is kinda pronounced; Ooot-away.
Anyhooo, we arrived in Gatineau within the night and simply determined to sit back for the remainder of the day. Our greatest plans for the night have been to seize dinner which, seeing as we had no driving left to try this day, meant that someplace with first rate cocktail beckoned.
For dinner, we headed over to Les Vilains Garçons for some completely scrumptious meals and much-appreciated cocktails.
I even bought my palms on a few of that scrumptious ice wine we had again after we have been in Toronto a number of months prior.
The meals was completely scrumptious too! Sooo soooo good! Positively suggest visiting if you’re in Gatineau.
With that, we known as it a day, desperate to go to mattress early as we’d managed to cram in quite a lot of plans for the subsequent day – quite a bit which meant hopping throughout the river to Ottawa.
I can’t truly bear in mind what I did or had for breakfast the subsequent morning – we have been so desperate to recover from to Ottawa that every little thing until we bought to the boat dock to catch the Au feel de l’eau electric Aqua-Taxi simply glided by in a blur!
For the boat over the river, it’s extra of an in-demand factor.
If the boat is at your finish of the river then all you need to do is hop on but when it isn’t, you name up and so they’ll come over to select you. It is sensible actually, so it’s not doing pointless crossings with nobody in it (prefer it must if it had a schedule to stay to).
To be sincere, you may additionally technically stroll over the bridge should you fancied a little bit of a jaunt and even simply hop on a taxi trip over too.
Anyhoo, off we went on the boat to Ottawa (appears like we went on some lengthy journey – the boat trip is like 5 minutes or so). Our first cease in Ottawa can be the Parliament of Canada – which we’d pre-arranged a tour for.
After a fast safety search, we bought into the Parliament constructing and boy is it spectacular inside!
Like I kinda anticipated it to be however was nonetheless blown away by not simply how fairly it was but in addition how we have been strolling via halls the place a few of Canada’s extra fashionable historical past was made.
One place you need to take a look at if you’re right here although is the library! It’s a factor of magnificence!
You’ll be able to’t truly simply go traipsing via it – it’s nonetheless a working library in any case however you do get entry to it on the tour and get to marvel at it, even when for simply a short time.
Oh, one other place with testing when you’re right here is the tower. It’s speculated to have a tremendous view over town and so with that, we hopped into the raise and made our method to the highest.
Alas, it was the foggiest of mornings so our view appeared like this… 😄
Giving up, we made our means again down the place unexpectedly, the alarms began going off sending everybody right into a little bit of a tizzy!
Effectively, everybody besides those that truly labored there who appeared surprisingly calm, given the state of affairs. I feel it might need been a hearth alarm; observe or actual, I do not know however figured we wouldn’t be sticking round to seek out out.
Fortunately, our tour was over by then so we bought to see every little thing we wished (and certainly, might) so fortunately left realizing that.
Quickly after leaving, a well-known rumbling in my tummy jogged my memory that it was time for lunch and with that, we headed over to Pure Kitchen for some vegan and vegetarian delights.
Okay, so usually, I’m not a lot for vegan or vegetarian meals however I’d heard such nice issues about this place that I figured it was price giving it a try to boy have been they proper!
I’d like to eat extra vegetarian/vegan meals however had been so disenchanted prior to now that I figured it maybe wasn’t for me and locations like Pure Kitchen completely problem that for me! I’m very a lot of a mindset that meals is supposed to be loved. It’s not cerebral – you don’t should overthink it, it’s extra instinctive – you eat it and also you prefer it and I very a lot favored this! *licks lips*
The restaurant as nicely is fairly candy and there’s even a cool bar upstairs price testing if you’re on the town!
Fed, watered and totally coffees, we hit the streets of Ottawa with an additional skip in our steps, desperate to see extra of what town had in retailer. 😀
Extra on that within the subsequent put up.