Part of my job involved traveling, which I generally don’t mind as long as I can squeeze a run or two in. Earlier this summer I was lucky enough to spend a week in Ottawa – I was there for the Bluesfest, which was amazing – more on that later.
Ottawa, is, without doubt, beautiful – mind you, I was there in Summer so may have to go back in December to see if I’d take that back.
What you can’t see on this map is how lovely the area was – I ran all along the Rideau Canal, the world’s longest man-made canal that was built to bring war ships down through the country because they were scared the US would invade. (Canada has an army, who knew?) Also, what I learned while I was there – that in winter, the water freezes and it becomes The Official World’s Largest Skating Rink – and people actually skate to work. Genius.
I think on this picture you get to see just how lush and green and pretty Ottawa is.
At one point I was keeping up with the “Ottawa Queen” and could hear the running commentary which was quite fascinating, and yet another benefit of being a runner. Who needs to pay for the boat cruise, when you can run with it and hear the audio for free!
A series of locks connect the various lakes and rivers with man made structures. I felt like I should have been in Edinburgh or something, especially when I came across the Canadian Parliament Building.
Then this happened, and I felt right at home.
Nothing like a reminder of how fabulous British Imperialism is while on a run
At the end of the day, I got the best seat in the house to watch some Chicks sing about some guy called Earl, and this girl that still needs some Wide Open Spaces.
Have you ever run in Ottawa? Where else should I visit in Canada?