After having a week to reflect on my spur of the moment road trip to Ottawa and along the Quebec border, here are five things that were my favourite from my trip and the things I’ll miss the most!
1. Beaver Tails
Beaver Tails are fried dough pastries, individually hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail. My favourite is the classic where they are coated with butter and a mixture of cinnamon-sugar. In my short stay, I had 3.5 Beaver Tails. 3 and a half. I was there for approximately 4 days! When I tearfully bid Ottawa goodbye, H asked if it was Ottawa I’d miss or the Beaver Tails. I should note that I was in the middle of devouring one as I said it so it’s a 50/50 chance it was the Beaver Tails.
2. El Camino
Tacos have been ruined for me. I have been on the hunt for the perfect fish taco and this place stepped up to take on that title. Let me just start off by saying we went on a Wednesday night and there was a 45 minute wait to be seated! 45! Luckily – they have a take out only window but the wait was still around 20 minutes. But boy was it worth it. Like the Beaver Tails, these bad boys did not last around me long enough to snap a photo because it was IN MY BELLY IN 2 SECONDS.
3. Whalesbone Oyster House
Hailed as the best seafood in Ottawa, the Whalebone Oyster House did not fail to impress. I had half a dozen delicious oysters, the best clam chowder I’ve ever hand, and a plate of mussels. Don’t be like us and make a reservation! We lucked out with bar seating but going there on a Friday at 7PM was risky!
4. The Rideau Canal
While I didn’t exactly run in a shady area and it was a hot day, I’ll be missing the Rideau Canal! It was so fun to run along the water. I wish I’d be able to go back during the winter because YOU CAN SKATE ON IT. The cleared length to skate on is 7.8 kilometres (4.8 miles) and is the equivalent surface area of 90 Olympic ice hockey rinks. 90!!!!! How fun is that?
And one thing I won’t miss…
5. The HILLS.
Oh my goodness me my moe. We decided to explore Ottawa on foot and there seemed to be hills EVERYWHERE. I mean, having “Parliament Hill” should have been a tip off but man, it was hilly. And we all know how I feel about hills! Haha.
QOTD: What’s your favourite place to visit?
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