Canada/Ontario: Ottawa – Downtown (Revisited)

Ottawa has a relatively compact downtown area, centered east of the Parliament Hill, along the bend of the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal coming out of it. Victorian architecture, many monuments (celebrating everything – from wars to native Canadian Heritage). Parliament Hill itself is the number one attraction in Ottawa and draws about 3 million tourists every year. The buildings were all built in the Victorian gothic revival style around 1927 in the district of the city specifically designed to be the nation’s capital parliament and political administration. The complex consists of three blocks, with the center block having the iconic tower usually associated with Ottawa. Also unmissable is the castle-like Fairmont Chateau.