The inspiration behind four cities, oh and a couple of towns…
It was time for us to visit Canada, we had embarked upon various road trips in the USA from our home in the UK, but decided that we wanted to experience a trip across the border into Mountie country.
Was it going to be so different?
We had got pretty close on our New England road trip in 2001.
So near yet so far...
So, to try and see as much as we could in our 2 week annual leave, we chose to fly into Toronto and out of Montréal.
Touring through Niagara Falls, Kingston, Ottawa & Québec City en route.
The locations almost appear to be in a straightish line, but we opted to go for a loop.
So, if further inspiration were needed for us to embark on this trip, then here are just a few of our reasons why;
Our chosen locations for the road trip were
Capital City of Ottawa
Visit Canada’s parliamentary hub of ‘Parliament Hill’.
Stroll along the Rideau Canal & its locks, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2007.
- Find the Maman sculpture, a sister to the one outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
Discover what the Byward Market had to offer.
Visit the observation deck of the CN Tower, which held the record of the world’s tallest tower for 34 years.
Discover the fortified ramparts of Québec City and the historical streets and lanes that weave around the lower district of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A bit of home grown history
- Whilst in Québec City we wanted to visit the battlefields of Abraham’s Plains, where Major General James Wolfe (born in Kent, UK) defeated the French & unfortunately died.
He is buried in St Alfege Church in Greenwich (UK), in his family’s vault. This just happens to be the church my parents got married in and also my town of birth (a convoluted link, but a link nonetheless).
No guarantee of the weather, just hoped it wouldn’t get too cold leading into Autumn.
We planned to visit the site of the 1976 Montréal Olympic Park, not UK’s finest medal haul, we came 13th.
Poutine, not too sure what this was going to be like, but a combination of French fries, cheese curd and gravy, certainly makes a good pub snack.
Ice wine, no it isn’t just wine kept in a freezer, ice wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine.
Further research is obviously required, I’ll take one for the team and take on this challenge.
I likes a nice ice cold Molson too, appears to have become less popular in the UK now.
Points to note
Inspired to create an Eastern Canadian Road Trip?
A country that has so much to offer, surely it makes sense...
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