Day 1: Ottawa

After a long flight we arrived in the city of Montreal and we went direct to the capital of Canada, Ottawa. It is the capital of the country but is the fourth city in terms of population and is not the most important tourist.

In 1857 the Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom chose it like capital for being a neutral territory between the communities of English and French speech.

The most important places to visit are:

Ottawa Parliament

The parliamentary precinct measures 112,360 m2, delimited by the Ottawa River to the north, the Rideau canal to the east, Wellington Street to the south and finally a road to the west.

The main building is The Central Block, built between 1865 and 1927, which contains the House of Commons and the Senate. The Central Block burned completely on February 3, 1916, but was completely restored within a few years.

The price of the visit to Parliament is free. There are guided tours every hour, both in English and French

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Cathedral was originally the home of the small wooden church of St. Jacques, built in 1832. This structure was destroyed in 1841 to make way for a larger church.

The Basilica is the oldest and largest church in Ottawa and the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of the city.

The church was renovated and restored for the last time in the late 1990s.

Admission is free.

National Gallery

The National Gallery of Canada is one of the main art museums of America

The National Gallery houses an extensive collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs. Although it focuses on Canadian art, it conserves works by many prominent European artists.

The price is CAD 15 (€ 10).

National War Memorial

The National War Memorial is a commemorative granite arch with bronze sculptures.

Originally built to commemorate the Canadians who died in the First World War, in 1982 it was again included those killed in World War II and the Korean War and again in 2014 to add the dead of the Second Boer War and the War in Afghanistan.

Maman Spider

Maman spiders are 10 large spider-shaped sculptures by the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. They are made of bronze, stainless steel and marble.

There are more than 10 spread around different places in the world such as: London, Kansas City, Ottawa, Saint Petersburg, Seoul, Des Moines, Paris, Boston, Washington, Buenos Aires, Bilbao and Ottawa.