This past week, my oldest son and I spent 3 days in Ottawa. This was a trip we’ve been planning for several months and there was no real reason to go there, other than a vacation. We packed up and left home at 9am on Sunday and pulled into the National War Museum just before 1pm. We spent a couple hours looking at the displays, tanks and aircraft before making our way to the hotel downtown to cool off in the pool.
After dinner at the Clocktower Brew Pub, (a place I visit every time I’m in town), we went to the Northern Light Show on Parliament Hill where they project video directly onto the buildings. It was amazing! We got back to the hotel around 10:30 and crashed.
My son isn’t used to staying up so late, so I let him sleep in until close to 10am. By that time, there was no chance in getting tickets for Parliament Hill tour, so we grabbed our bikes from the car and made our way across the river to the Museum of History. This has got to be one of the best museums in the country and they had a large childrens museum which was geared towards 3-6 year olds, but my son had fun nonetheless. After lunch on the museum patio, we headed back to Ottawa and went to the Byward Market for a BeaverTail and met up with my brother (who was there for a conference) for dinner. After dinner, we went and got some ice cream and called it a night.
The next morning we got front row seats for the changing of the guard on Parliament Hill and watched that for a bit before packing up and making our way to the Aviation and Space Museum which was just as awesome as the other two. My son was excited to jump into the flight simulator and try it out with some instruction. After that, we made our way home. Wish we could have stayed longer, but there’s always next time.