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Peaceful Winter Escape in Bretton Woods

Posted on: February 28th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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The village of Bretton Woods is a relatively quiet place that lends itself perfectly to a quiet, relaxing vacation.  The Mountain Resort has received awards for its programs designed for children and families, and it was named Top 5 in the East for Families by SKI Magazine.

Though it is a quiet place, there are plenty of things to do in Bretton Woods, especially for people who love the outdoors.  The Bretton Woods Mountain Resort offers both Apline and Nordic skiing trails, with varying difficulty.  It also offers night skiing, and has four different terrain parks.

There are plenty of ways to explore the White Mountains.  Ascend to the top on the Mount Washington Cog Railway while you enjoy the scenery from the warmth of a train car, or soar to the bottom on a series of ziplines.  The Frankenstein Cliffs are a favorite place to go rock climbing in summer.  However, in winter they are covered with thick sheets of ice and become the perfect place for ice climbing.

There are also many places to eat in Bretton Woods. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat while you’re on the mountain between ski runs, or you’re looking for a place to sit down and enjoy a lengthy meal, there’s a place to go! Find great sports for having an apres ski drink, or a plate to share before you go in for dinner.  Find fine dining focusing on preparing quality, seasonal dishes, or casual, fresh fare with fun twists on comfort food.

Find plenty of places to stay in Bretton Woods, many of which share a connection with the historic Mount Washington Hotel.  Stay at a large resort with shuttles to the mountain, and just about everywhere else, or practically within walking distance of the slopes.  Enjoy tons of great activities right at the resort, including ice skating, and going for a horse drawn sleigh ride! There are also several bed and breakfasts nearby if you’re searching for a more comfortable, intimate feeling.

Bretton Woods is a fabulous place to go for family fun or just a quiet getaway.  Enjoy time out in the mountains doing all your favorite winter sports and activities by day, then come back to your hotel and enjoy a relaxing dinner, and some down time in your room by night.  Whether you’re a kid, an adult, or maybe a kid at heart, you’ll find plenty of reasons to love Bretton Woods.

Places to Eat in Bretton Woods

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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There are plenty of places to eat in Bretton Woods.  Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a quick bite before heading back onto the slopes, a relaxing place to eat some dinner, or just a place to grab a drink, there are plenty of choices for you!

Bretton Arms Dining Room – Offering gourmet cuisine in a casual atmosphere, the Dining Room at the Bretton Arms is one of the resort’s most popular restaurants.   It has recieved a AAA Four Diamong rating for its outstanding food and service.  Providing breakfast and dinner, it’s the ideal place to go either to start or end your day.  Menus are influenced the seasons, and created using fresh, local ingredients.

Mount Washington Resort Dining – The main hotel at the Mount Washington Hotel offers many dining options.  Whether you’re interested in fine dining, a casual pub, or something in between, or just a place to grab some Apres ski drinks, the hotel can accomodate you. 

Main Dining Room – offering a classic dining experience and gorgeous views of Mount Washington, the dining room is an idyllic setting.  Enjoy classic New England favorites, and some inventive modern dishes.  Menus are created using locally sourced meats and products.  Dinner is accompanied by live music, helping to set a relaxing mood.

Stickney’s Restaurant – Located on the patio level, this pub and steakhouse serves lunch and dinner daily using regional, fresh ingredients.  Sit by the fire in the cool evening and enjoy your meal while staying nice and warm.

The Cave  – Inspired by the speakeasies of the 1920’s, The Cave is the place to go to catch the big game, or enjoy some live entertainment, while sipping on a delicious drink!

Rosebrook Bar – The perfect spot to stop for an apres drink, the Rosebrook offers gorgeous views of the mountains, while providing delicious drinks and a casual atmosphere.  A light bar menu is available featuring gourmet pizza, sliders, and other items that are perfect for sharing.

Fabyan’s Station Restaurant – Set in a converted train station, Fabyan’s is a unique, fun place to stop by for lunch or dinner.  The atmosphere is casual and family friendly.  The menu features traditional pub grub, as well as salads, soups, and many house smoked meats.  If you bring children with you, be sure to ask your waiter to send the model train through the dining room!

The Grille – Located that the Nordic Center, the Grille offers gorgeous views of the Presidential Mountain Range.  Lunch features typical clubhouse fair, such as salads, soups, sandwiches, and burgers.

Latitude 44° – Located at the top of the Bethlehem Express ski lift, Lattitude 44° offers some of the best views of the Presidental Mountain Range you can get.  Enjoy a sit down lunch, with quick, friendly service, and a menu featuring wholesome fare.  A full bar is on site, highlighting Latitude 44’s signature beer.

 

Places to Stay in Bretton Woods

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Bretton Woods has some great places to stay, many of which are extremely close to the ski resort, and which offer fantastic amenities on site.

The Lodge at Bretton Woods –  Overlooking the Presidential Mountain Range, the Lodge at Bretton Woods offers spectacular views.  A part of the Mount Washington Resort,  guests are welcome to enjoy all resort ammenities, including the fantastic on site ammenities, including skiing, horseback riding, skating, and swimming in the heated pool.  Take advantage of the Kids’ Club where children can learn to cook, snowshoe, and enjoy plenty of other fun activities. Each room features a private balcony, affording beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Mount Washington Hotel.  The heated indoor pool and sauna are perfect places to relax after a long day exploring Bretton Woods.

Bretton Arms Inn – Elegantly furnished, beautifully restored, and featuring gorgeously preserved woodwork, the Bretton Arms Inn is a picturesque historical hotel.  Sit on the wraparound veranda and enjoy a hot chocolate while you relax and take in the gorgeous view.  A part of the Mount Washington Resort, guests are welcome to enjoy all the amenities offered by the resort.  Take a ride in a horse drawn sleigh through the grounds, go snowshoeing, or even ice skating!

Highland Center Lodge – In Crawford Notch, Highland Center Lodge is surrounded by the White Mountains and all its awe inspiring natural wonders.  Waterfalls, cliffs, and forests surround the area, adding a serene quality to your stay.   It is an ideal base for a White Mountain vacation, granting easy access to Bretton Woods, the Frankenstein Cliffs, and several waterfalls.  End your days with a delicious home cooked dinner!

Mount Washington Resort – A national historic landmark, the Mount Washington Resort Hotel was the site of the Bretton Woods Conference where the IMF and World Bank were established.  It has long been the preferred retreat for celebrities, artists, and even presidents.  Opened in 1902, the hotel is a luxurious getaway and has been entertaining guests for over a century.  The resort includes many stellar amenities and activities to experience.  Plenty of favorite winter activities can be done on site, and shuttles run at request to any destination on the resort, as well as to Bretton Woods. 800px-Mount_washington_hotel_1905

Things to Do in Bretton Woods

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Bretton_Woods_ResortBretton Woods is an excellent place to go to be surrounded by nature, and many of its great attractions feature the natural word.  Explore New Hampshire through state parks, ski resorts, and other attractions that are just amazing for outdoor recreation.

Betton Woods’s most popular attraction is undoubtedly the Bretton Woods Mountain Resort.  Featuring both Alpine and Nordic skiing trails, as well as several terrain parks, making it the perfect destination for just about any type of winter recreation that you prefer. It also features many beginner and intermediate runs, making it ideal for families and casual skiers. There are plenty of advanced and expert runs for more experienced skier too.  It is also open for night skiing!

While at the Mountain Resort, be sure to check out their Canapy Tours!  You may have gone zip lining before, but this will blow every other experience out of the water! Descend over 1,000 feet of elevation via a series of zip lines and platforms sitting high above the trees.  Your guides will tell you all about the surrounding area and its natural history, the local flora and fauna, and local lore.  Tours are available for groups as large as eight.

Crawford Notch State Park is another popular destination.  It is not staffed during winter, as it is the off season, however it is open throughout the year unless posted otherwise.  It offers 5,775 acres of hiking trails, waterfalls, and wildlife viewing, as well as spectacular views of the mountains.  Because the park is not staffed, visiting the park is free, however it is recommended that visitors be well aware of their surroundings and maintain proper equipment use to ensure safety.

If you love snowmobiling or have always wanted to try it out, check out Northern Extremes where you can either rent a snowmobile or book tours taking you around the White Mountains.  Guides will not only help you learn your way around a snowmobile, they will also teach you about the local environment and point out lots of interesting facts that the casual observer may not notice.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway is one of the attractions in Bretton Woods that has been drawing tourists for over a century.  It’s a must see for any train buff.  In snowy conditions, the train does not ascend to the summit, however, there are still rides up the mountain and it stops partway to allow guests to get out and take in the great view.  The Cog also offers a special ski train  in winter, on the western side of Mount Washington, allowing you to take the train up and ski down!

Bretton Woods, NH

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Mt._Washington_from_Bretton_WoodsNestled in the White Mountains, Bretton Woods is the home of New England’s largest ski resort.  The resort is also known to be among the most family friendly, offering plenty of runs suitable for younger children and less experienced skiers, as well as other activities.

The village, located within the town of Carroll, NH, is perhaps best known for the Bretton Woods Conference which took place in July of 1944.  The conference was an attempt to rebuilt the international economic system at the close of WWII. Delegates from 44 Allied nations gathered at the Mount Washington Hotel for three week conference, which resulted in the establishment of the World Bank and the IMF.

While it has a very grand claim to fame, most people come to Bretton Woods for the ski resort, currently celebrating its 40th season, and its other leisure attractions.  The ski resort is the largest in New Hampshire, and continues to win awards for its programs geared toward children.   Many also come to visit the Mount Washington Hotel, now an historic landmark, not only for its important history but also for its amazing hospitality.

The Cog Railway, sometimes called the “railway to the moon,” is another major attraction.  It is the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway, and is still in operation, climbing Mount Washington.  It runs a special ski train during wither.  It’s the second steepest railway in the world.  The railway was built by Sylvester Marsh, who came up with the idea whilst ascending Mount Washington in 1852.  He invested $5,000 of his own money into the project.  Though Marsh obtained a charted for the road in 1858, the projected was stalled until 1866 because of the Civil War.  Finally, he was able to find investors and in construction reached the summit in 1869.   Since then it has been in continuous operation, only with interruptions during the World Wars.

Bretton Woods offers great skiing and family fun.  It’s also the home of five time Olympian Bode Miller.  The ski resort has been named as one of the top five for families, offering fantastic novice and intermediate runs.  It also offers some advanced/expert runs, though they are not as intense as some of the more expert runs in Maine and Vermont.  It offers a quiet, fun place to relax and experience some of your favorite winter activities.

Bretton Woods is most easily accessed by car, as it sits on Route 302 East and there are no nearby airports.  It’s roughly 2.5 hours from Boston, via I-93.  It is 2 hours from Portland via Route 302 West.   It is 3 hours from Montreal via Auto Route 10E, and 6 hours from New York City via I-95.

Winter Adventure in Ottawa

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Canada_Ottawa_PanoramaCanada’s capital city is a vibrant city, made up of many different cultures.  The fourth largest city in Canada, Ottawa is unique in that it is a largely bilingual city, as it borders the province of Quebec.

It began its history has a lumber town called Bytown, then grew into a larger city with the construction of the Rideau Canal.  The Rideau Canal is now  UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the great winter activities to experience in Ottawa.  Skate along the world’s largest skating rink, for free! Skates are available to rent and there are plenty of vendors on the ice if you get hungry or thirsty.  Just be sure to check the ice conditions before you go out.

There’s plenty more to do in Ottawa than ice skating! Ottawa is home to many historic sites and museums.  This includes many national museums, including the Canadian Aviation Museum, one of the top ten aviation museums worldwide, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and many, many more.

Fun winter activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking, all of which can be accommodated in Gateau Park.  Winter camping  is also available in Gateau Park, with yurts and cabins reachable via ski and snowshoe trails.

Ottawa has a thriving nightlife scene, much of which is focused in the ByWard Market.  This is also where you’ll find many of Ottawa’s great places to eat.  There are many restaurants heavily influenced by food from all over the world, and a few that specialize in food invented in Canada! Beavertails are a local specialty and can be made with all kinds of different toppings.  Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Byward Market all offer wonderful restaurants.   You’ll also find fun gastropubs, fine dining, and cafes which focus on maintaining strong ties with local producers to create seasonal menus influenced by what is available.

There are lots of great places to stay in Ottawa. Luxury hotels, boutique inns, and bed and breakfasts are all available downtown so that you never have to be far away from the action in downtown Ottawa.  It isn’t difficult to find a great hotel in easy walking distance of all of Ottawa’s fantastic attractions.  Enjoy hotels with great amenities like fantastic views, spacious amenities, indoor pools, saunas, and fantastic service.

Ottawa has so many great things to offer and winter is the perfect time to visit.  It has many of the best winter activities either within the city or within a short drive, including ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing.  It is also a wonderful cultural center, filled with museums and historical sites just waiting to be discovered.  Just an hour from the New York State border, there’s no reason not to visit this beautiful, vibrant city!

 

Places to Stay in Ottawa

Posted on: February 20th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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In Ottawa you will find a great mix of beautiful, historic hotels, grand luxury hotels, and small bed and breakfasts.  Wherever you stay you won’t be too far away from all the action of central Ottawa.  There are many downtown hotels, and several bed and breakfasts within easy walking distance.

Chateau Laurier – Located directly to Parliament Hill, it is almost impossible to find a hotel in a better location. Its turrets and limestone edifice mimic the grand, beautiful chateaus in France, adding an air of stateliness and elegance.  It is central to many of Ottawa’s attractions.  The Rideau Canal is practically at its doorstep, and the Gatineau Hills nearby offer fabulous cross country skiing trails.  The hotel opened in 1912 and was among the first to offer indoor plumbing.  Throughout its history it has hosted dignitaries, politicians, and even members of the royal family, including King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, and Prince Phillip.

Auberge King Edward Bed and Breakfast – Located in Sandy Hill, Ottawa’s historic downtown neighborhood, this bed and breakfast is a gorgeously preserved Victorian home built in 1902.  It is within walking distance of many of Ottawa’s famous attractions and museums.  Enjoy the luxury and romance of times long past without sacrificing the comfort of modern amenities.  The home has been carefully and painstakingly refurbished to preserve its Victorian charm and character.  Enjoy spacious accommodations and welcoming common rooms.  Begin each day with a delicious home cooked breakfast!

Albert at Bay Suite Hotel – Offering apartment sized suites at hotel room prices, Albert at Bay offers the largest suites in Ottawa.  It is centrally located, putting you within walking distance of just about everything that Ottawa has to offer.

 

When life brings you to Ottawa, live large at The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel. Why not stay in an apartment-sized suite for the same price as a cramped hotel room? Our suites – the largest in Ottawa – along with incredible onsite facilities make up the exceptional value and convenience you’re looking for in an all-suite hotel. The staff offer impeccable service and are dedicated to make your stay as special as possible.

Swiss Hotel – Established in 1985, the Swiss Hotel aims to provide a fresh, European style hotel experience.  It is within walking distance of many of Ottawa’s great attractions, shopping, and restaurants.  Amenities include spacious rooms, free WiFi, an iPad in each room, and European style bedding.  Enjoy a Swiss breakfast buffet.

The Lord Elgin – One of Ottawa’s historic hotels, The Lord Elgin offers some of the city’s finest accommodations.  Directly across from the National Arts Centre and Confederation Park, it could not be more conveniently located.  Its guestrooms are elegant yet simple, offering sweeping views of the city, luxurious furnishings, and comfort that will allow you to feel truly pampered.  Rooms are equipped with free internet, and the hotel offers spectacular amenities, including a lap pool, whirlpool, sauna, and fitness center. Staff are courteous and make every effort to provide a comfortable, happy stay.

Shirley Samantha’s Bed and Breakfast – Located in a quiet residential street, Shirley Samantha’s is somewhat tucked away from the noise of the city, yet still within walking distance of downtown.  Enjoy a delicious breakfast featuring home baked goods like cheddar scones and banana bread.

Places to Eat in Ottawa

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Ottawa is a very culturally diverse city, with immigrants from all over the world calling the city home.  Its restaurants reflect this, with a wide range of ethnic foods at a wide variety of street vendors and restaurants.  Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Byward Market are all great places to browse if you haven’t got a specific restaurant in mind.

Beavertails – Though this is a chain, this doughy, deep fried treat is an Ottawa specialty.  Traditionally topped with cinnamon sugar, it’s available with all manor of toppings, whether sweet or savory.  During winter, you’ll find them in food trucks on the canal, though you can also get them in the Byward Market on George St.  The local favorite is the Killaloe Sunrise, which is cinnamon sugar and lemon juice.

Allium – Opened in 2004, Allium serves an eclectic array of Canadian and French in a modern-bistro setting.  Menus change monthly and are paired well with their wine list.  Meals are created and inspired with fresh, local ingredients.

The Green Door – serving vegetarian and vegan food, The Green Door is Ottawa’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. Opened in 1988, The Green Door aims to serve food as close to its natural state as possible.  Everything is made in house, using seasonal, fresh and often organic ingredients from local producers.  There is no set menu, and food is made daily from scratch based on supply of fresh produce.  the menu varies greatly from day to day, you can always find something delicious like quiche, lasagna, or broccoli tofu stir fry.

Thai Flame Restaurant – A true hidden gem in the heart of Ottawa, Thai Flame is always fresh and authentic.  Meals are beautifully prepared and come at your requested level of heat.  Enjoy a good mix of flavors, and deliciously made curries (their specialty), pad thai, beef penang, and other traditional Thai dishes.

Next -Next provides an eclectic variety of meals from many different cuisines, somehow blending them into a perfectly cohesive menu.  Sashimi, steak tar tar, foie gras, pulled fuck confit with couscous, and short ribs are just some of the items on this unique menu.  Next specializes in small plates, many of which are meant to be shared.  Meals are imaginative and fun and wholly satiating.  The atmosphere is casual and relaxing.  An open kitchen allows you to watch the chef at work!

Pelican Grill – This casual bistro serves seafood and fish, and is attached to a fresh fish market.  Aiming to serve the freshest catch possible, each dish is carefully prepared, whether it’s the catch of the day or one of their menu staples.  They also have an extensive gluten-free menu for both lunch and dinner, and a carefully cultivated list of wines and local beers.

Aperitivo –  This intimate restaurant serves Mediterranean inspired cuisine, concentrating on Spanish style tapas which are meant to be shared.  They have a strong partnership with local producers and farmings, creating their menu around current availability.  Wines and cocktails change along with the menu so that both your drink and your food will highlight one another.

 

Things to Do in Ottawa

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

450px-Rideau_canal_in_winterOttawa is a fantastic city to explore on foot.  Its many streets are friendly to pedestrians, and many attractions are close together so its quite easy to walk.  There are several pedestrian areas which offer plenty of entertainment.  Walking allows you to become more intimately acquainted with the city.  There are tons and tons of walking tours available as podcasts, or as properly guided tours.  One fun tour is the Haunted Walk, which exposes some of the more sinister history lurking in Ottawa.

If you don’t like getting around on foot, but don’t fancy paying a taxi to go everywhere, you’ll find that Ottawa has a very navigable public transit system.  Their light rail and bus systems will take you just about anywhere in the city, and are quite affordable.

Whatever way you choose to get about the city, you’ll find plenty to see and do!

An important place to visit is Parliament Hill.  Located in downtown Ottawa, this gorgeous building is not only a very fine example of Gothic revival architecture, its an important part of the Canadian government.  Tours are available daily, in both French and English, throughout the day.  Get views of the House of Commons, the Senate, and the Library of Parliament on the Centre Block Tour.  Tickets are free beginning at 9AM on a first-come-first-serve basis.  You can also take a self guided tour of the grounds, using a booklet from the visitors’ center.  You can also go see the Changing of the Guards, which begins at 9AM on the lawns of Parliament.

The Canadian War Museum presents another important aspect of Canada’s history, documenting its involvement in arm conflicts throughout its history.  It begins with early colonial conflicts between the French and British, and continues through the World Wars, and to the country’s involvement in more recent operations. Admission is $12, or is free on Thursdays after 6PM.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is Canada’s most visited museum  and is well worth a visit.  It focuses on preserving and documenting the history of Canada and its people.  It explores 20,000 years of human history, and features a strong program of special exhibitions which continue to explore Canada and its many cultures and civilizations.   It is one of North America’s oldest cultural institutions, and has a strong focus on research, working with leading experts in archaeology, anthropology, folk lore, and other fields.   It is also the site of the Canadian Children’s Museum, Postal Museum, and an IMAX Theater. Admission is $10, or $15 for a joint War Museum and Museum of Civilization ticket.  It is also free on Thursdays after 4PM.

The National Gallery is another fantastic place to visit. It has a large collection of drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs.  Though it focuses mainly on Canadian artists, it has in its collection some work from prominent American and European artists.  Some of Andy Warhol’s most famous works can be found here.  It features one of the most comprehensive collections of Canadian artwork, displaying work from The Group Seven, Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Louise-Phillippe Hebert.

For some winter fun, visit the Rideau Canal Skateway.  Every winter the Rideau freezes over and transforms into the world’s largest skating rink! This UNESCO World Heritage site features 7.8km of skateable ice.  Rent skates and skate along this beautiful canal.  Buy refreshments without having to leave the ice! It’s a great place to try a Beavertail (a local specialty, somewhat similar to funnel cake).

The city also has an extensive trail system.  In winter this became a fantastic cross-country ski trail system.  Gatineau Park also has 200km of groomed cross country ski trails.  For downhill skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, there are several options.  Mont Cascades is about 30 minutes north which features 20 runs, 15 of which are lit for night skiing.  Camp Fortune also features 20 runs, but no night skiing and is about 20 minutes from the city.  Edelweiss is also about 20 minutes away and features a snow tubing park which is great for families.

Vibrant Ottawa, ON

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

406px-OttawaCollageBordered by the Ottawa River an Gatineau, Quebec, Ottawa is Canada’s thriving capitol city.   Canada’s fourth largest city, Ottowa is unique among North American cities in that it is bilingual.  While English is the first language of many, French is just as common, and most residents can understand both.

The Algonquins called the river Kichissippi, translating to “Great River”.  The first European to travel up this river, Etienne Brule, passed by the site Ottawa would occupy on travels to the Great Lakes in 1610.  Samuel de Champlain wrote about the waterfalls and other natural formations in the area, as well as his encounters with the Angonquins who occupied the area in 1613.  Many missionaries would follow their paths in later years.

 

The first settlement was established in 1800 by New England resident Philemon Wright.  Five families and twenty-five laborers began to create a farming community called Wrightsville.  Wright established the Ottawa Valley timber trade, which would go on to become the area’s most important economic endeavor.

In 1826 Bytown was established because of work on the Rideau Canal (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site).  Bytown transformed into modern day Ottawa.  The canal, built entirely by hand, was meant to secure safe travel between Montreal and Kingston on Lake Ontario.  It was completed in 1832, by which time Bytown’s population had grown to 1,000 residents.   When it was incorporated as a city in 1855, it was renamed to Ottawa.

Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as a capitol for the Province of Canada in 1857. It was chosen because its position on the river allowed for easy transportation, and yet it was also easily defensible. It is also a good midway point between Toronto and Quebec City.   As a smaller city it was also believed it would be less prone to political riots, unlike previous Canadian capitols.

With lumber trade being one of the area’s biggest economic activities, lumber mills became incredibly common the 1850s.  Lumber barons established some of the largest mills in the world at this time.  In 1854, rail lines connected Ottawa with the transcontinental railroad, opening new opportunities for trade, tourism, and travel.

 

In the late 1800’s, the telephone was demonstrated to the Canadian population for the first time in Ottawa, and the city gained electricity.  Electric streetcar service began in 1891.  A year later, Ottawa became the site of the first meal being cooked entirely by electricity.
Today, major industries include high-tech industries, tourism and travel, and public service. Ottawa is a green city, and is proud to have remained so.  It is filled with many museums, monuments, and beautiful parks, many of which double as bikeways or cross country ski trails. Many museums and monuments of national importance reside in Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, the National Gallery, the National Library and Archives, and many more.
Canada’s thriving capitol city is not far from the U.S  border and  it is easily reached by car, plane, or rail. It’s just over an hour from Ogdensburg, NY, and 1.5 hours from the border crossing at I-81.  Macdonald-Cartier International Airport is the closest airport, and has service to and from most major cities.

 

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