Day 7 - Montreal - Ottawa
Monday 12th September.
Today we left the delta hotel in Montreal, after a really good sleep. We head on a short drive straight to Ottawa city for about a 2 hour drive. We arrive at the hotel to drop off our luggage and then head onto our city tour.
The tour guide Jacque took us for a drive past a bunch of the local embassies, Russian, Chinese (in an old convent), American etc. We also drive past the Canadian prime ministers house. We stopped at the parliament buildings for some photos and kept driving over to the museum on the Quebec province side of the river to get a view of the city and a look at the largest collection of totem poles.
The tour finishes at the markets at midday, where we head straight to find some coffee. We find a cafe called planet coffee to work out what we want to do for the afternoon before dinner.
After coffee we find a place for some lunch and decide on Mexican, and we find a small place which is a basement restaurant. We both order a burrito and then make our way over to the parliament to go up to the peace tower.
Elise our tour director had given us free tickets for the peace tower at 3pm, so we cue up to get through the airport style security in order to get into the building.
We head up the 9 floor with Kelly and Lucille from our tour and are greeted by a security officer on entrance to the small observatory platform. The guy was just up for a chat and he was hilarious claiming he had parliamentary syndrome! He also suggests to us we need to find some Canadian maple syrup Whisky to try while we are in town.
After this we head to the Fairmont hotel for a few cocktails with Kelly our only fellow tour companion of a similar age. We leave the hotel at 5.50 to find some of this Whisky on the way to the bus for dinner only to find the LCBO (Liquor Control Board Ontario - bottle shop) we stopped at was shut. So we head straight to the bus for dinner.
We just make it on time for the bus, and we head out of town for dinner back to the province of Quebec, and end up at some random residential shopping strip for dinner. The place is BYO so we head to the IGA across from the restaurant to BYO some beer and wine for dinner.
We are last into the restaurant for dinner so we get a table just for the 3 of us which is nice to escape the oldies!
Dinner is pretty ordinary with cream of carrot soup that has spaghetti noodles in it and a garden salad drenched in french dressing. Then we have mains which was a filet Mignon served with rice and potatoes... What the?!?!? The meat was ok, but it was a bit strange to have no vegs. Dessert was ok, but it was like a Maccas brownie with cheap ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Thankfully we are back on the bus early at about 8.45pm and head back to the hotel to check in. The fellow at reception is pretty funny laughing at us for not checking in earlier in the afternoon. We chat about how we were on route to find the maple syrup Whisky and both he (Chris) and the other receptionist Simon help us on our quest to find it by searching for an LCBO that's open late. We find one one Rideau street about a 15mintue walk away, so we head there with Kelly quick smart! Having a jolly good time laughing all the way we arrive at the shop and Accost a staff member to help us find what the Collingwood Whisky, he then takes us downstairs to the premium section of the store to find some ice wine and local apple cider, when we get chatting to the staff there until the store closes at 10pm! The people in Canada are all so friendly and love a chat with us cheeky Aussies.
We head back to the hotel and share our success with reception and head back to our room. Kelly joins us for a drink only to have discovers she lost her phone and spends ages trying to find it!
After one drink we call it a night and head to bed.