Bag Pipes are wailing, the temperature is 92 degrees and the humidity is about 35. Old but beautiful buildings came slowly into view as we were rising out of the canal depths. For two hours, Dream Seeker made its way carefully along eight stair-step locks that empty directly into downtown Ottawa, the capital of Canada, providing entertainment for hoards of tourist along the Rideau Canal.
We tied up along the dock wall and found ourselves right in the middle of downtown. We could walk anywhere and did for three days; Parliament Hill and the impressive changing of the guard ceremony, the Art museums and Notre Dame Basilica. Sauntered through the By Way market, a farmers market, surrounded by fish markets, delis restaurants and shopping centers and had dinner in an Irish Pub.
Spent some time with some friendly Canadians heading back to Toronto, their home, Art and Bonnie, on the next boat, who gave us some tips on what to see on our next leg of the journey.