By far, one of my favourite aspects of Ottawa is that there is always something new and exciting to show visitors (or locals!). When my mom came to visit in July, we knew most of the trip would be dedicated to family time and Canada Day celebrations. Still, for her last day in Ottawa, we crossed the bridge into Gatineau, Quebec to see a limited time event – MosaïCanada.
I’ve gushed before on here about how much I love history, how fascinating I find quaint medieval towns like Assisi, and how awed I am by Gothic architecture. It will come as no surprise to anyone who has been to Québec City to hear that I fell head over heels for the 1608 splendor of Old Québec. If there’s one place I’ve been in Canada that truly made me feel like I was walking the streets of a city in Europe, it’s Québec City.
Although we were done with Titanic-related places in Halifax, we weren’t quite through with historical sites. We made our way from the cemetery up to the Halifax Citadel, which displays life at the fort in 1869, a time when Canada had only been a country for two years. The pipers, the relics, and the drill demonstrations all added together to create a realistic and immersive atmosphere.
When it comes to Nova Scotia, my heart immediately turns to Cape Breton and the beautiful Cabot Trail. Since that is a trip in its own right, and since Brit had her heart set on seeing the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, we headed in the opposite direction – south to Halifax.
For those of us growing up in Canada, we had a shared friend; a fiery redhead with an expansive imagination who wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she believed in. In opening up the world she envisioned, L.M. Montgomery gifted us with Anne of Green Gables in 1908, the start of a much-beloved book series set in Prince Edward Island. For Brit and I, it was a certainty that we would have to dedicate a day to seeing in person the place that was L.M. Montgomery’s inspiration for Green Gables.