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Old March 4th, 2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE CAPITAL OF CANADA?

Ottawa, of course! If you didn’t know, you’re either new to this forum, or a citizen of the United States!!! (Just kidding!!!!)

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of years in the world’s second coldest capital city in the world (after Mongolia’s Ulan Bator). Truth be told, I didn’t find it too exciting, but its history, scenic location and museums make a compelling case for a visit if you’re already planning to go to Toronto or Montréal. Ottawa sits on the Ontario side (English-speaking) of the Ottawa River (Outaouais, in French), just across the bridge from French-speaking Québec. You’re almost as likely to hear French as English in the downtown area, where bureaucrats beaver away, especially during business hours.

So, if you haven’t been there or failed to answer the question in the name of this thread correctly (shame on you!), here’s a quickie intro to the city’s most touristy side: Parliament Hill and surrounding areas.


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Old March 5th, 2011, 12:53 AM   #2
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Our parliament buildings really are beautiful.
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Old March 5th, 2011, 07:23 AM   #3
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nice details of the parliament building
and nice shots of the rest.
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Old March 5th, 2011, 11:18 AM   #4
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Great exposition!
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Old March 5th, 2011, 12:41 PM   #5
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Great, very nice photos from Ottawa
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Old March 25th, 2011, 08:35 PM   #6
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More touristy shots!

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Old March 25th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #7
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Truth be told, I didn’t find it too exciting, but its history, scenic location and museums make a compelling case for a visit if you’re already planning to go to Toronto or Montréal.
Nice!
We'll spend some days in Ottawa on our trip through eastern Canada next summer. Do you have any pictures of the Musée Canadien des Civilisations in sister-city Gatineau?
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Old March 25th, 2011, 11:34 PM   #8
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Not really. I have some photos of the Museum of War and the Musée de Beaux Arts... somewhere..
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Old March 26th, 2011, 03:39 AM   #9
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Looks like a very beautiful place
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Old March 26th, 2011, 07:25 AM   #10
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Ottawa, of course! If you didn’t know, you’re either new to this forum, or a citizen of the United States!!! (Just kidding!!!!)
I like your sense of humour

Great album of pics. Took my machine a while to load them - perhaps you can resize the next album you're going to post?
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Old March 26th, 2011, 08:41 AM   #11
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Some of the best Ottawa shots I have ever seen! You really brought the city alive for us; thanks!

Before he was President, Mr Bush was asked that very question. "What is the capital of Canada?" His answer, after a long pause.... was "Toronto". hehe...
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Old March 26th, 2011, 09:01 AM   #12
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TORONTO!!!

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Old March 26th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #13
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As well very nice and amazing new shots from Ottawa
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Old March 26th, 2011, 02:26 PM   #14
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Interesting. Are there not many skyscrapers ?
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Old March 26th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #15
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Before he was President, Mr Bush was asked that very question. "What is the capital of Canada?" His answer, after a long pause.... was "Toronto". hehe...
I think he would also have said that at the time he was president ....

But it proofs that Ottawa must be the most low-profile capital in the world.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 03:23 AM   #16
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I think numerous states have very low-profile capitals; Australia's Canberra is even less known.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 12:38 PM   #17
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But it proofs that Ottawa must be the most low-profile capital in the world.
Brasilia in my country (Brazil) is internationally a low-profile capital too...

by the way, very nice pics...Canada is a very beautiful country.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #18
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Indeed. You're both right, I agree.
I should have wrote "one of the most low-profile capitals in the world".
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Old April 29th, 2011, 06:42 PM   #19
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Ottawa claims to have the world’s longest skating course in the world, in the Rideau Canal. I heard that once disputed by someone who said there was a whole area in the Netherlands where you could skate even longer distances. Anyway, it’s quite pretty, and really exotic if you come from warmer lands!

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Old April 30th, 2011, 12:48 AM   #20
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great but the photos are too big for my screen.
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