Top 5 Reasons why Ottawa is the Best City in Canada

I hope you all had a Happy Canada Day yesterday!!

I may be biased, but I’m fairly certain that I live in Canada’s most beautiful city, which also happens to be our capital. I moved here just under 4 year ago for school, and initially thought I would be getting the hell out the second I was done school. Winter here is COLD and I don’t do well with cold. But then summer happened, and I fell hard for this city. My reasons why Ottawa is the best city:

1. The Rideau Canal

In the summer, you can bike along it for miles. In the winter, you can skate on it, right up to a BeaverTail booth. Year round, it breaks up the downtown and makes for beautiful views and beautiful sunsets.

Ottawa's Rideau Canal in the summer and winter.
Ottawa’s Rideau Canal in the summer and winter.

2. “Castles”

Just look at the pictures above. The downtown skyline is stunning. The Parliament building, the Chateau Laurier and the Royal Canadian Mint all resemble castles and are conveniently located right downtown. It gives the city a very European feel. The view never gets old.

That's my mom and I in front of the Parliament library. Even the library looks majestic.
That’s my mom and I in front of the Parliament library. Even the library looks majestic.

3. Sunday Bikedays!

I love biking. It’s my preferred way to get around so any city that caters to that gets an A+ in my books. Ottawa has hundreds of miles of paved bike trails so you can get basically anywhere without biking on the roads. I can even bike to work (in Kanata) from my place, which is about 30 km away, almost entirely on these paved trails. And if that’s not awesome enough, on Sundays, the city closes down a bunch of roads to cars so that cyclists can take over. A+ Ottawa. A freakin plus.

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4. Brunch

If you’re a fan of brunch, and I know that you are, then Ottawa is a great place for you. Some of my favorites include Lieutenant’s Pump, and the Manx. I end up at Lieutenant’s Pump most Sundays and I still look forward to it every week. You need to go. You’ll get chocolate 🙂

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See the chocolate? Recipe for a great brunch. Source

5. Proximity to Quebec

I love that Quebec is a part of Canada and it breaks my heart anytime they get close to separating. Quebec is wonderful. First of all, right over the bridge from Ottawa is Gatineau Park which is a gem of it’s own…. beach, biking, hiking, skiing and the list goes on. They also have Costco that sells beer for a fraction of the price as in Ontario. They also speak French which I think is the sexiest language. Quebec, please remain a part of Canada because you rock.

Ottawa does Canada right. My mom and I a few years ago.
Ottawa does Canada Day right. My mom and I a few years ago.

It’s no wonder I’m constantly inspired to paint Ottawa-esque things. This city is full of inspiration. So my newest painting is appropriately of the Rideau Canal at night. Here is the step-by-step progression of it (please pardon the glare in some of the pictures…):

 

Step-by-step progression
Step-by-step progression

 

The finished painting hung up over my bed.
The finished painting hung up over my bed.
Side view of the painting.
Side view of the painting.

 

36x24" - Rideau Canal at Night - Acrylic on Canvas
36×24″ – Rideau Canal at Night – Acrylic on Canvas

I hope you all had a wonderful Canada Day.

For anyone who lives in or has been to Ottawa, anything you can add to the list of why Ottawa rocks?

This original painting is available for sale in my online store here

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6 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons why Ottawa is the Best City in Canada

  • July 2, 2014 at 8:23 am
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    I’ve only been to Canada once – when I was about 9. I remember being mesmerized by all the grand castle-like buildings in both Quebec and Ottawa. You are lucky to live in such a beautiful city AND country! Thank you for reminding me that I need to visit again soon. 🙂

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    • July 7, 2014 at 7:58 am
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      Yes, you certainly do! It’s a beautiful place. We’d love to have you back, because we are friendly like that 🙂

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  • July 2, 2014 at 9:43 am
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    I haven’t seen your work in such a long time. As always, what you have to say is delightful. It makes me want to fly up to Quebec, bike to brunch and explore all the romantic buildings! And your painting is amazing. You have a signature style that gets better snd better. Welcome back!

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    • July 7, 2014 at 8:01 am
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      Thanks for still reading and following my art and blog. Yes, it’s been less frequent recently. That whole work and life thing gets in the way sometimes but I’ve got at least 6 paintings that I’m working on so hopefully will be finishing those up soon (but not in July, I’ll be overseas for work…).

      And you should definitely make a trip to Ottawa and do all those things. You will love it. I am sure. 🙂

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  • July 2, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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    Beautiful indeed! Love Canada and the friendly people.

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    • July 7, 2014 at 8:01 am
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      Thanks John. We love our visitors too!

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