Day 10: Ottawa and environs


Odometer start: 14009


  • Breakfast: Free at the hotel. Muffin and coffee.
  • Lunch: La Patate Dorée, Gatineau. Hamburger, poutine, orange drink. $17.48 for two.
  • Dinner: Uncle Louis Restaurant. Baked spaghetti, water. $11.25

Sleep: WelcomINNS, Ottawa.


Ventured out about 10AM after an uninspiring hotel breakfast. Picked up Robin at 10:45. We’d never met in person but knew each other because he’d been one of the first people ever to interview me about this website back in 1996. It was good to meet in person after fifteen years. We drove around Ottawa and Gatineau, stopping for a long walk downtown in the vicinity of the Byward Market, the Mint, and the National Gallery of Canada. Had lunch at a poutine place in Gatineau. I’ve done poutine now and I’m glad, although I have no significant need to do it again anytime soon. The curds were sort of off-putting, especially when it all got cold.

We also walked around the Canadian War Museum, primarily its roof–which is planted to resemble a battlefield and offers great views–and on Victoria Island, which is a pretty wonderful photo opportunity too. Later in the afternoon, we stumbled into the possibility of a tour of Rideau Hall, residence of the governor general, which was really quite interesting. I dropped Robin off, headed back to the hotel, and took another drive downtown and out Carling Avenue in the evening before landing at Uncle Louis Restaurant right by my hotel for a late dinner.

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