Day 20 - I really can't believe it is only day 20 of my trip!!
15.09.2010 17 °C
Today we left Toronno for Ottawa. Our first stop was the Big Apple...no not NYC - not as spectacular!! Here, we were able to grab a cup of coffee and a piece of pie. We then moved onto Kingston. A very pretty town that was once the capital of Canada, but only for a short time between 1841 to 1844. Here we had free time to grab lunch and explore the town.
From here we drove for a little while longer and then took a boat cruise on the St Lawrence River around the Thousand Islands - POP QUIZ - TRUE or FALSE Thousand Island Dressing was named after this location..............................TRUE - It was named in honor of George Boldt's wife. George Boldt, a self made millionaire and eventual proprietor of the Waldorf Astoria in NYC was building a castle on Heart Island in the Thousand Islands area for his wife, but she suddenly died of of a heart attack at age 41. He ceased work on the castle in 1904 which stood abandoned for 73 years. It is now a museum. We couldn't access Heart Island as it is actually US land (about half of the islands are in US land and the other Canada) and we would have to go through the customs, so we just went around it. There is also the shortest footbridge between US land and Canadian land in the Thousand Islands - it is only 3 metres long (see pix)!!
We arrived in Ottawa around 5.30, so we got settled and headed out for dinner. Myself, Kris and two girls (who I think might be younger than me) from NSW Anna and Michelle, went in search of an italian restaurant, but ended up at Irish Pub Sir John A (named after Sir John A MacDonald, Canada's first Prime Minister). Food was delicious and so too was the Guinness.
Tomorrow is supposed to be raining, but we are off on a 2 hour Ottawa tour and then onto the Royal Mountie Stables, where Anna, Michelle and I are hoping to pick up a Mountie or 3!!
So now that you have had your history lesson for the day, I am signing off.
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