What better way to begin a trip than head to the nations capital and see what all the fuss is about regarding the Ottawa city wide party for Canada Day. Literally it took a 5 min walk from the bus terminal to appreciate what all the hype was about. A capital city in shutdown. Red coated bodies dawned the streets while dancing, laughing and dodging minor torrential down pours.
Ottawa boasts some impressive architecture and has a lot to offer on the social scene. Bars and restaurants are a plenty and everything is pretty much within walking distance. Parliament Hall hosts free tours on a first come first served basis, which we sadly could not partake in due to the influx of Canada Day party goers.
Attending the capital on Canada Day is highly recommended. Our gang experienced kindness and merriment throughout the day. Amidst the constant flux of proud natives dawned in blazing red and white instills a rush of excitement to be a part of such fun festivities. All involved were impressed by the free concert lineup, staged outside Parliament Hill; even though the ban on alcohol meant some dragons den engineered smuggling was called for.
Recommended: Parliament Hill (and the free tour), Parliament Garden Canals, Art Gallery, Science Museum and the Bridge to Quebec.
Now on to Algonquin!
Arriving after midnight is probably not the best example to follow. But, on that note, the park allows late comers to pitch their tent freely and deal with charges in the morning. Thank god. A quick pitch tent enabled us to hit the hay within record time and prepare for the mornings activities.
The hike, Mizzy’s Lake, consisted of bogs, trees, trees and more trees. Not many views to feast the eyes on and the knee ups over the plethora of exposed roots will have you ready for combat in no time.
But there couldn’t be a more perfect end to the day, a barrage of parked cars filled the side lanes, as we descended over the next highway brow. After spotting a long nosed drowsy figure in the undergrowth we slammed on the breaks and pulled over. A moose! For our viewing pleasure it lazily munched in front of a silently ecstatic crowd of frantically snapping naturalists. Clearly the moose had performed in front of countless past audiences as it seemed quite oblivious to our presence. We were later informed that the best location and times to see animals in the park are along the highway at dusk. I guess luck had nothing to do with it. Today was a good day.