Canada Road Trip – Ottawa

After our morning in Kingston, Ontario, we headed to Ottawa. We were nervous Ottawa would be crowded since we were visiting on a holiday weekend, but it wasn’t too bad! To our surprise, we were able to park for free right in the city. We started at Parliament Hill and walked around the Parliament building on the outside. They give several free tours of the building to anyone willing to get a ticket, but we were okay just wandering around the city. I had printed a walking tour of the city, so we set out following that on the way to the Canadian War Museum.

Such a beautiful building!

Eternal flame on Parliament Hill.

The backside of the building.

We spent quite a bit of time at the Canadian War Museum. The museum was very well organized and flowed nicely through Canada’s war history. They also had a room full of tanks, which my friend Smitty really enjoyed! The car below was driven by Hitler!

We had a little too much fun at the museum, haha.

The tank room!

After the museum, we made our way back to the Parliament Hill area and walked by some of the canals. If we had more time, I would’ve enjoyed going on one of the sunset cruises on the river!

We made our way to the Highlander Pub for dinner. Who doesn’t want to see men in kilts?! This was the start of me trying new foods on our trip. I got Bangers & Mash and enjoyed both! Dinner was delicious and a nice end to our day full of sightseeing.

After dinner, we left Ottawa and drove the 2.5 hours to our hotel in Montreal. Stay tuned for my next post on Montreal!

Related Posts: Gananoque & Kingston, Ontario


  • Canadian War Museum – I’d consider this a MUST SEE in Ottawa. We spent 2 hours walking around. The exhibits were easy to navigate and had a good balance of signs to read and war items to see. Adults and kids both seemed to have a good time walking around!
  • Highlander Pub – The outdoor seating was nice, though they were doing construction on the road next to the restaurant. Everyone enjoyed their meals and drinks!

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