Canada’s capital: Ottawa, Ontario. It’s not on everyone’s destination list, but it was certainly on mine! Ottawa is known for the world’s longest skating rink, and its abundance of festivals. I traveled to Ottawa for the Tulip Festival – one of the most popular of its kind.
I am obsessed with flowers. Anything and everything that has to do with flowers. They are so colorful and magical looking, it’s so hard to believe they are even real. The flowers up north are so magnificent compared to here in Florida. It seems like all that we have here are bougainvillea bushes and palm trees.
I went to Ottawa for my birthday this past year just to go to the Tulip Festival. The Tulip Festival in Ottawa celebrates the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands. To learn more about the tulip legacy, you can click here!
There were over 300,000 species of tulips, and I think I took around that many pictures as well.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I didn’t even know that there were that many variations of tulips. It was all a surprise to me.
I didn’t even know that there were that many variations of tulips in the world. It was all a surprise to me.
Aside from the Tulip Festival, Ottawa offers a plethora of different activities and sites. Parliament Hill is absolutely stunning, especially when lined with tulips. The Rideau Canal and the Notre Dame Cathedral are also in town. Canada houses another look-alike church in Montreal that I visited the summer before, it is called the Notre Dame Basilica. It was interesting comparing both of the religious buildings.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Ontario is one of the ten provinces in Canada and is 85% English-speaking, whereas the province of Quebec is mainly French-speaking. Across the Rideau Canal in Ottawa is Gatineau, Quebec, a French-speaking area of Canada. I am taking French in school and learning the language with Rosetta Stone, so it was really fun to practice my French in a place that primarily speaks it.
For Americans to travel to Canada, it ends up being cheaper than one would think. The US dollar goes very far in Canada, $50 USD converts to $66.80 CAD, and most prices are pretty comparable in Canada to the United States. A cheeseburger at a restaurant in America is about $11 and so is one in Canada, which means it’s only $8.23 USD for me to eat a cheeseburger there. Being a college student, that means everything! I am able to travel and see a lot of things that Canada has to offer (which is a lot) for a considerably cheaper price. Each summer, I try to visit a different place in Canada. I am going to Vancouver next summer and I cannot wait!
For more information about Ottawa and its many attractions, you can click here!
All photos belong to Emily Mora.