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OTTAWA - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 14th October 2017



Next stop was Ottawa and a 1,000 island cruise. There are actually 1,600 and we certainly did not circumnavigate all of them. It was a very interesting cruise with a recorded commentary documenting the history of Ottawa, the Great Lakes, and the Hudson with good photo opportunities.

Ottawa is the capital of Ontario and has an imposing Parliament building not unlike our own. In a park to the side of the building is an area with more than life sized bronze statues of the women who fought for equal rights and very impressive they are. Nearby, and looking beautiful but oddly out of place is Chateau Laurier,  built by one of the great Railway magnates as an hotel for the Rich. I had a peak inside and it is still very impressive with marble everywhere, huge public rooms, and photos of all the famous who have stayed there.  Two sights which totally delighted me were a Groundhog munching away on the grass near Parliament House and a gorgeously shiny Black Squirrel - it was magnificent and very difficult to photograph.

One of my overriding memories of Ontario will be of the Rideau Canal - 202 kilometres in length and with over 45 locks. In winter, the water level is lowered and 7.8 kilometres of the river freezes creating the longest skating rink in the world - and locals actually skate to work.

It might surprise you to read that during it’s construction as many as one thousand of the workers died from malaria,other diseases and accidents. Most deaths were from disease, principally complications from malaria (P. vivax), which was endemic in Ontario within the range of the Anopheles mosquito. Think of it - a country with long hard winters and yet subject to malaria in days gone by. The history of the Rideau Canal is fascinating - to find out more look it up on Wikipedia.

There’s a great French feel to Ontario and some of us dined in a little square which made me feel I was back in my much loved Provence. We had a great guide in Craig and I think we all wished we could have spent more time there but that’s how you feel on a Just You adventure - you see so much you are left wanting more.

Having visited Vimy Ridge in France, I found this very moving - commemoration of the 100 years since the first World War in which so many Canadians lost their lives


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