Visiting Ottawa - what should I see?

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    Sep 18, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    I'm going to be in Ottawa in a couple weeks. Haven't been before. Just wondering what I should see while I'm there?
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    Sep 18, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
    good luck! you ll be so bored you won t know what to do with yourself. ( i had contracts in ottawa all summer 3 days a week...)

    Have fun! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Sep 18, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    MrPolish saidgood luck! you ll be so bored you won t know what to do with yourself. ( i had contracts in ottawa all summer 3 days a week...)

    Have fun! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    That bad hey?

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    Sep 18, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    No. icon_biggrin.gif

    The Casino de Lac Leamy is right across the bridge.

    They have a spectacular fireworks show every night.

    Ottawa is a city of one Festival after another

    The gatineau Balloon Fest
    BLuesfest
    Folkfest
    The Central Canada Exhibition always features rock acts touring (the beach Boys keep showing up.) International acts play the Scotiabank Centre just west of town in Kanata - also the home of the Ottawa Senators NHL hockey team

    If you like highbrow - there is the orchestra.


    Check out The Rainbow bistro on the Market (*beside Parliament. (blues club)

    Tuscon Road House is the home of the blues in the south end of Ottawa (Bank St at Hunt Club Rd.)

    The market is the hub. at Rideau and Wellington.

    See Hogs Back Falls

    Chinatown is along Somerset St West.
    Vieytnames (we call it photown) is fursther west along Somerset where it turns into Welington just by the Bayview rail terminal.

    Preston Street from Dow'sLake to Wellington is Little Italy.

    There is a comedy club on Preston close to Carling that is worth going to.


    Along south bankstreet is the great thai restaurants - sala Thai (Bank & Alta vista being the best)

    Mama Leone's downtown is the foremost Italian restaurant.

    Friday's Steak House on Elgin is the prime steakhouse. At both you will see politicians and media at nearby tables.


    The light rail and the bus system is very good.


    Take a river cruise upstream.

    The new War Museum is Fantastic and a must see.

    Tour Parliament. It is free.

    Visit the public diring Daily Question Period from 2:00 - 3:00. It;s a hoot ! then go for a drink on the market.

    Ottawa is very gay friendly.

    Open displaus of affection will not draw disapproving looks.

    The architectuire is Neogothic.

    have lunch at Winston;s at The Chateau Laurier (it is quite reasonable actually)



    For theatre visit The Great Canadian Theatre Company in their spectular new home on Holland Avenue at Wellington

    The National Art Gallery is there as is the Museums of Civilation; Natural history; Science & Technology;

    Stroll through the Central Experimental farm. near Hog's Back.

    go to the Manx Pub on the corner of Elgin & Gladstone (just south of the Parliament buildings)


    try psaddle boating or canoeing on Dow's Lake;
    do walk along the canal.

    Odyssey Theatre performs in Strathcona Park (Laurier at Range Road) under the stars. It is beautiful and they have a really unique comedy style.



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    Sep 18, 2011 3:33 PM GMT
    Cool. Thanks for that - I will write all that down!!!
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    Sep 18, 2011 3:38 PM GMT



    Here's an interesting site to check out:

    http://ottawa.gaycities.com/
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    Sep 18, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    canadaguy48_vic saidCool. Thanks for that - I will write all that down!!!



    , my pleasure!

    If you go to Manx and see a cute short blond guy (|Dave, the owner) tell him TJ from the bagel shop says Hi and that i'm living in PEI and running for political office. ;)

    Across the street from the Manx is a sports bar on the lower level (it was the bulldog). I worked in a restaurant above it before I opened my own theatre.

    The shawarma shop downstairs is where I alwauys bought shawarmas.

    Lebanese food is big in Ottawa.

    Hey if the Greek festival is on - GO!! You will have an absolute blast!


    the Lebanese festival is fun too but the greek one is boisterous.

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    Sep 18, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    Oh - the gay bar is on Somerset St East. it is a three story renovated victorian home. Go right through to sit on the patio out back. First part is pub-like, then is the pool tables, then out the back to the patio.


    Ottawa is a non smoking city.

    No smoking in restaurants or within 10 metres (30 ft) of entrances to public buildings.


    smoking is permitted in restaurants across the bridge in Quebec.


    when I was leaving they were just talking about banning smoking on public transit platforms.

    The Kanata Wave Pool is okay out west - there is another east at the Orleans end.

    Orleans is very french

    Take the time to stroll through The glebe (Bank St from the Queensway (Hwy 417) and the canal - where Lansdowne Parke is located.

    Lansdown is where the cenntral Canada |Exhibition (called the Ex by locals).

    Note Dalhousie |Street is pronounced DalHOOSiE, not Dal HOWzy.

    dalhousi is ewhere you find the hookers.

    hustlers are on Mac Kenzie St by Major's hill Park.

    The national Arts Centre is in front of Parliament.

    Local Olympiams train at the Nepean Sportsplex.

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    Sep 18, 2011 3:53 PM GMT
    What a wealth of information!

    Cool!

    Not sure I'd be brave enough to go see a hustler tho. lol