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Found 18 blog entries for January 2015.

Parliament Hill Otawa - Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Parliamenthill.jpg

The Parliament of Canada is open to the public for free by tour year-round. It’s a place to discover history, functions and art of Canada’s Parliament. The building is iconic and houses the Senate, House of Commons and the Library of Parliament.

The Parliament is the office that examines the processes, conventions and players involved in making the Canada parliamentary system function. Here is a look at how Parliament of Canada works and how you can visit for free.

How does Parliament work?

The office houses the Senate, House of Commons and the Library of Parliament. Their work involves examining the processes, conventions and players that are involved in making the parliamentary system work for Canada. Senators and Members of Parliament play…

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Dining

The Ottawa area is lucky to have so many great restaurant options for your next meal out. The neighbourhoods here offer a variety of culinary delights making the dining scene hard to beat. The last few years have brought many great additions as well. Here is a look at the best eateries in the Ottawa area.

Le Baccara

Le Baccara is a French-inspired delight in The Casino du Lac-Leamy offering gourmet dishes and an award-winning menu. You’ll experience the open kitchen layout where you can watch the chefs prepare your elegant dish. They have an extensive wine list to pair with your entrée and guests can even check out the wine cellar where you’ll see 500 varieties of the 13,000 bottle collection. Come see why they were awarded the CAA-AAA Five…

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Rideau Canal Ottawa - Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rideau_Canal.jpg

The Rideau Canal is a very popular area with plenty to offer. From great fishing to parks to hiking and so much more, this is one of the top areas for outdoor fun. Here's a look at what you might discover when you visit the Rideau Canal.

History

The Rideau Canal is steeped in history with plenty of Canadian heritage. It was originally built for military use and in case of a war with the United States. The canal was used to help tame the rapids and it was a monumental feat for humans at the time. The original structure is still intact and the locks work much like they did back in 1832.

Parks and Conservation Areas

The Rideau Canal offers a number of parks and conservation areas to enjoy. Some of the parks are quite large and offer boating,…

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Ottawa - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/burgtender/4054180179 

If you're new to the Ottawa area, discovering it in a unique way can help make it your new home. There's so much to see throughout the city and a tour is a great way to start. Here are some of the unique ways you can discover your new city.

By Water

There are many boat tours of the area because of the canal and the rivers. Some of the ways you can see Ottawa and the surrounding area by water include:

  • 100 Islands Cruises Rockport - 23 Front Street, Rockport - Enjoy panoramic views of the Thousand Islands with a one to three hour sightseeing cruise.
  • Au Feel de l'eau - 1 Casino Boulevard, Gatineau - This company provides both water taxies and cruises throughout the Ottawa area.
  • Gananoque Boat Line - 6 Water Street, Gananoque - This is…
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OC Transpo - Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:St-Laurent_Station.JPG

Getting around the city of Ottawa isn't hard. There are many options from walking to riding a bus. Whether you prefer to use public transportation or drive your own car, you will be able to get around Ottawa. Here are some of the transportation options offered throughout the city.

By Limousine

If you want to get around in luxury and style, a limousine may be the perfect choice. Millennium Limousine Service provides plenty of options from sedans to stretch limos and more. Whether it's a special occasion or just the way you prefer to get around, you can find the right limo from Millennium Limousine Service.

By Taxi and Bus

Ottawa offers plenty of bus and taxi options for getting around the city including:

  • OC Transpo - Provides downtown…
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Canadian War Museum - Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Canadian_War_Museum_new_building_2007.jpg

The Canadian War Museum is one of the coolest museums to enjoy, if you enjoy discovering the history of war. This museum provides plenty of exhibits and programs for all to enjoy. Here's what you can expect to find at the museum.

Exhibitions

The museum provides both permanent and temporary exhibitions for visitors to enjoy. Sometimes, the museum also has special exhibitions, which always draw a larger crowd. The permanent exhibitions include:

  • The Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour
  • LeBreton Gallery: The Military Technology Collection
  • Memorial Hall
  • Regeneration Hall
  • Canadian Experience Gallery 1 - Battleground
  • Canadian Experience Gallery 2 - For Crown and Country
  • Canadian Experience Gallery 3 - Forged in Fire
  • Canadian…
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Ottawa - Image Credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/17/Hot_Air_Balloon_ride_Ottawa_II.jpg/359px-Hot_Air_Balloon_ride_Ottawa_II.jpg

The countryside of Ottawa is quite interesting and there are plenty of things to discover. It's split into five different areas with many different attractions. Here's a look at what you may discover at each of the five Capital Country Drives.

South - Rideau Canal

This rural area is home to the World Heritage Site Rideau Canal. It winds through downtown and to the south through a few small villages and towns. When you take this drive, you will discover plenty of farmland, as well. Some of the other things along the Rideau Canal drive include:

  • Hogs Back Falls
  • Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre
  • Long Island Locks
  • Wright on the Rideau
  • Miller's Farm and Market
  • And More!

West 1 - Highway 17

As one of the Capital Country…

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2012 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival - Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JanellMonaeatOIJF2012BrianGoldschmied.jpg

The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival will be back from February 6th to the and from February 13th to 15th. This festival is one of the most popular music festivals in the city. Here's what you can expect throughout the area.

As the 4th annual Winter Jazz Festival, this one will include plenty of jazz heavyweights. It's expected to be bigger and better than the last few years with two weekends of great music and collaborations. Performers include:

February 6th

  • Megan Jerome. Together Ensemble - 5pm
  • Nancy Walker Quintet - 7pm
  • Charlie Hunter Trio - 9pm

February 7th

  • Fet.Nat - 5pm
  • Jean-Michel Pilc Trio - 7pm
  • Matt Wilson Quartet - 9pm

All of the performances on February 6th and 7th will be held at the National Arts Centre…

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Ottawa - Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Downtown_ottawa_night.jpg

The Ottawa neighbourhoods are all very unique and provide something a little different. Whether you prefer to ride your bike to local areas or you want to use public transportation, there's a neighbourhood for just about anybody here.

ByWard Market

This neighborhood was founded in the 1820s and features many restaurants, unique stores and nightclubs throughout. This neighbourhood is packed with local artisans.

Downtown Rideau

This is a shopper's dream with all the great shops, retail outlets and restaurants. The neighbourhood is also known for the Arts & Theatre District and the culture found throughout.

Sparks Street Village

Found about a block from the Parliament Buildings, this neighbourhood is home to plenty of shopping and…

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Event

The Red and White FlagFest will be coming to Brockville on February 14th and 15th. This will be the first annual event and will provide plenty of fun for everybody.

The festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. It will be a huge winter carnival and festival with plenty of activities and fun for the entire family. The schedule will include:

Saturday, February 14th

  • 10am - Beginning of the Team Scavenger Hunt at the Flag Pole
  • 6pm - Valentine's Day Dinner, Dance and Raffle at CJ's Banquet Hall
  • 8pm - Comedy Show at BCI Auditorium

Sunday, February 15th

  • 9am - Flag Vendor Street will be open, Outdoor activities begin and Sleigh Rides will start
  • 10am - Snow Angel Race at Memorial Fields
  • 11am - Snow…
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