Hot-tawa for the weekend

After discovering a fantastic seat sale on West Jet, I decided to spend the weekend with my sister and her family in Ottawa.

There is about a 10-13 degree difference between Ottawa and Calgary.

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Saturday morning, we arrived at the CHEO Teddy bear picnic, a fun-filled event for families that involved a petting zoo, some small rides, a pancake breakfast and many other entertaining moments for kids of all ages.

Lama at CHEO Foundation Teddy’s Bears’ Picnic

This lama was completely enjoying himself and all the snack cups that parents were buying the kids.  Like a kid in a candy store, he paced around the small pen, eagerly nosing his face into the small out held hands of the children around him sniffing for food pellets.


I think this serious looking creature was plotting his escape.

Served breakfast by Ian Mendes (CTV), Jim Watson (Ottawa mayor) and Patricia Boal (CTV) at the CHEOs breakfast

We were lucky enough to be served breakfast by local celebrities, the mayor and TV and Radio hosts, who cheerfully posed for pictures before placing our griddle cakes on our plates!

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After the breakfast, my brother-in-law took the kids to baseball and my sister and I went shoe shopping in ByWard Market.  I ended up buying a very fantastic pair of Birkenstock shoes.  I have been looking for a decent pair of sandals for my upcoming trip, but find that my flat feet need more support than most sandals offer.  Once I break these in, I think they will be the ultimate support for my feet!



The ByWard Market, Ottawa

The ByWard market is a wonderful series of streets that offer fresh vegetables, flowers, restaurants, cafes and patio bars.  Some of the colors were memorizing.

ByWard Market, Ottawa

Whenever I see flowers for sale, it makes me want to get out my own gardening gloves!

Saigon Restaurant, ByWard Market

We took a break from the stifling heat to enjoy a Vietnamese lunch.

Saigon Restaurant

The fresh basil and shrimp salad rolls were particularly delicious.  The service was impeccable.

Peace Towers

We stopped by our national parliament buildings.  I think I would have explored more but it was so hot I almost couldn’t take it.

Canadian Parliament

But the architecture is incredible.

There is only one person I love more than bacon

It is true.  I love my boyfriend more than I love bacon….but it is close!

Yummy food on the deck

After our hot day walking around, we settled on my sister’s deck with some yummy snacks and a fum friend for some great conversation.

I would highly recommend visiting Ottawa.  There are so many things to do, it is amazing.

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