What to do when in Ottawa for a day!

What to do when in Ottawa for a day!

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada - *WAIT*, the capital isn't TORONTO?? This is such a common mistake amongst visitors to Canada. Although I have been to Toronto four times before, I have never visited Ottawa, and so I thought it was right to travel two hours from Montreal to see what the capital of Canada could offer me. I must be honest, having done my usual Google search before travelling, I wasn't particularly 'wowed' by the selection of sights. I must say, however, that I had an AMAZING day. Keep reading to see what I did in Ottawa in a day. 1. Parliament Hill A definite must-visit, the Parliamentary building located downtown, has stark similarities to England's Big Ben in London (also described as the shadow of Big Ben). I was able to get a tour around the Parliament and access to the top of the Peace Tower. Both these passes are available for free just opposite the Parliament building...
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How to get a $1 Megabus ticket

How to get a $1 Megabus ticket

We've heard it all before - $1 tickets to travel with Megabus! Attractive as it sounds, how many people do you know who have actually booked a journey at this near-to-nothing price? Until this point, it was probably none! Somehow, I managed to bag myself a $1 Megabus ticket!  I have used Megabus to travel from Montreal to Toronto. It was a very pleasant journey (well, if 6 hours sitting in a upright seat is your kind of thing). Surprisingly, the time flew and although we travelled mostly via motorway, there were some beautiful sights that I managed to appreciate along the way. I'm that person that plans everything ADVANCE, I'm that person that you can count on to have chewing gum or a packet of tissues. A few weeks ago, as I was thinking of what I wanted to do when I next visited Toronto, I thought to re-visit Niagara Falls. The last time I had visited Niagara Falls was in 2007,...
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Breathtaking skyline from Mont-Royal!

Breathtaking skyline from Mont-Royal!

Possibly THE most popular tourist attraction in Montreal is the view of Montreal city in all its glory from the observatory at the top of Mont-Royal. Funnily enough, I stumbled across this view! Although it was on my 'to-visit' list, I hadn't envisioned visiting it that day. As I was casually walking around downtown, I came across the park and found myself following the steps up to the top! I had walked from McGill university towards what appeared like the back entrance of the park. The further I walked, the quieter the city became, and the more distant the hustle and bustle of city life felt. It was as if I was all of a sudden in the country, a less urban area. This is amazing in itself, considering Mont-Royal is located in the heart of Montreal's island. As I approached the trail of stairs steeply spiralling upwards, I came across MANY runners pacing up and down the stairs. Kudos to them,...
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5 FREE ways to learn French in Montreal!

5 FREE ways to learn French in Montreal!

Montreal is a bilingual city - almost everyone speaks fluent French and English. C'est un problème for those that want to learn French here as it is common for people to 'switch' to English as soon as an accent is detected. So HOW, how can a person practice French effectively whilst in Montreal. I came to Montreal with the knowledge of about 5 French words. I didn't take French lessons in school (languages were not compulsory). I have been in Montreal for two weeks and I can now hold down a (very basic and limited) conversation! I'm hoping that by the end of the third month, I will be be comfortable in conversing a bit more naturally. From my experience so far, here's how I've done it (at no charge): Meet-ups You may have a deep interest in synchronised swimming; granted, there is someone else in your locality with the exact same passion. Similarly, there are French people wanting to learn English and English...
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