Two years ago, I moved back from Germany to Canada in the hopes of starting up a job in my field and preferably in a language I could speak (well). After four years of living an as Expat, the experience of returning ‘home’ was more difficult than I thought and after struggling to accept the reality that I was no longer living the life of a globetrotter extraordinaire, I realized that I had to discover how to deal with the shock of being an Ex-Expat, or live forever in the in-between.
Tucked somewhere in-between the business culture of Toronto and the trendy beat of Montreal, is Ottawa, Canada’s (cute) capital city.
Subjected to ridicule by home grown Canadians and tourists alike, this forgotten gem continues to be overlooked and is, more often than not, skipped over by most folk with limited time to tour the best of Canada. My first instinct is to nod in agreement when people say they are skipping over Ottawa as they plan a whirlwind trip to T.O or Montreal, followed by an over the border crossing to NYC. Sure, Ottawa doesn’t have the skyscrapers lighting up Toronto’s downtown core, and no, it doesn’t offer the same historical appeal as Vieux-Montreal. Yet, Ottawa, as small and as quaint as it may seem to the excitable traveler, remains wholly underestimated in it’s ability to entertain. Here are a few reasons why Ottawa should make the top ten on your Canadian hit-list: