North Bay to Ottawa, Ontario Aug 13,2014

Brian's drive by photo of Parliament Hill

Brian’s drive by photo of Parliament Hill

The forecast for today was quite dismal, however we ran into only scattered showers.  I drove the entire way today so don’t have any photos from our drive. We stopped once for gas and arrived just before 2 p.m. We checked into our hotel – a Best Western Inn & Suites and are very pleased with our room. This would be a great place to stay if you are planning a few days in Ottawa.  It has a living room with pull out sofa, a kitchen area, spacious bathroom and nice bedroom.  The living area even has a bit of an “office” area so perfect for business travellers. It’s rather nice to be able to spread out and not be tripping over each other. Given what we have, it’s reasonably priced.

We have a hop on hop off tour booked for tomorrow so we spent part of the afternoon driving around looking at the sites on our own. ( We needed more miles today…ha ha!) It end up to include a bit of an adventure in the end.  We drove along the Rideau Canal for a bit and drove past the embassies and parliament hill, then over the bridge to Gatineau. Our GSP is clever as it converted to French immediately once we crossed the bridge.  When we figured it was time to turn back I ended up taking a wrong turn and ended up on a transit bus only road.  Thank goodness unlike my niece experienced years ago, this road did not come equipped with a car trap. Thank goodness the road went in both directions so at least I wasn’t going one way on a one way street, however there was no way off for several blocks.  A transit driver coming towards me, threw up his hands in disgust. What…did he think I did this on purpose!!!  I eventually found an intersection to allow me to get back on the proper road system and just carried on. Perhaps my GSP isn’t that smart…I should have been told before turning onto that bus road!