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Jul 20, 2008 - Ottawa

We spent one night in Ottawa with my cousin Baljeet, her husband Harry, and her kids. Harry took us around town for a tour of the city and we saw the Prime Ministers residence as well as the Canadian Parliament. We stopped in front of the Prime Ministers residence to take a picture and commented on how lax the security was in Canada compared to Washington DC where the road in front of the White House is shut down. As we moved on, Harry began getting a text message from his cousin who is in the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). It turns...

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Jul 17, 2008 - Getting there

My tour starts at Ottawa Airport at 5:00 am on July 17. I will be met by the three other women (Paula, Christina and Joan) from the Ottawa and Cornwall dioceses who will be my travel companions for the next two weeks. Hopefully we have all managed to guess at the kinds of clothes we will need for the coolness of the high Andes and the heat and humidity of the Ecuador coastline. We will be travelling a fair amount in a rented van, up and down in altitude almost every day, so altitude sickness and stomach upset might be a big part of my story.

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Jul 16, 2008 - Ottawa, Ontario Canada, Day 2

Today I was the last one to wake up. But I was well rested. I got my clothes on and headed out the door. First we had breakfast and a lot of breakfast. It was a buffet in the hotel. My favorite part of it was when we got those little candy things at the end. Then we went and saw soldiers, well whatever they are called. And um, we went on a boat/bus tour. And we sailed on the water. It was fun. Except I couldn't sit by the window because Cavin wanted the window. After that we walked around the town. It was fun but I was a little thirsty at...

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Jul 15, 2008 - Canada's Capital Ottawa, Ontario

After spending a few days in places where I couldn't speak or understand the language, it was nice to come to a place where I could. I loved Quebec City and Montreal but it's nice to understand the street signs again and not have to point to things I needed. So here we are in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. What a beautiful city. We came in yesterday in time to see a little of the city and visit the Nature Museum. Of course, another fun filled day on this adventure we are all on. The weather is beautiful here. It feels like California. We are...

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Jul 15, 2008 - Parliament Hill and the Ottawa Rapidz

What a full day! We were up at 7:30 to make it to Parliament Hill for 9 a.m. to see the changing of the guards here. Unfortunately it didn't start until 10 a.m. so we wandered into the "business" district and had breakie. Then we headed back to the hill to see the guard ceremony and laughed our heads off at the hats (I'll have pictures up soon I promise) Then we got our tickets to do the Centre Block tour (aka House of Commons, Senate, Peace Tower and Parliamentary Library) We had almost a 2 hour wait till our tour so we did a self guided...

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Jul 14, 2008 - Ottawa - cultural taste

Today we didn't get up and going until almost noon! It feels like a waste in some ways but we needed it and quite frankly - so did Robin and Quinn so I'm not worried about it. The only thing was that it shortened the amount of time we had to do the things we wanted to do today - which for Alee and I was an issue. When we ventured out today we split up - Robin taking Maren and Hayley to the Museum of Nature and Alee and I going to The National Art Gallery. I will have to ask Mraen and Hayley to write about the Museum although I will say that...

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Jul 13, 2008 - To Ottawa we go!

We had to awake early in the morning which was not a popular thing but we made our 9:30 train and managed to get Starbucks before we got there with enough time to finish it before we got on the train. Everything about that worked out wonderfully - the Royal York is right across from Union Station with an underground tunnel to the station. We didn't feel a drop of the rain I think was falling. Once on the train we settled in 4 nice seats and leaned back for a nice ride. Coach seats are great and since the train originated in Toronto getting...

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Jun 28, 2008 - Winnipeg, only 884 miles.

Luba arrived about 9:30 Friday night. Gary helped us packup her vehicle and off to bed. We were on the road to Edmonton by 8:30 then stopped at the CalTire to get the tires tightened. We then headed out onto the yellowhead hwy to Winnipeg. We were very lucky to have great weather. we stopped in Regina for a quick supper and noticed all the green foodball shirts. I said there mucst be a Riders Game tonight. So I called Gary and told him we were in Regina and were going to a game which of course he would never believe since I hate football....

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Jun 28, 2008 - Trip Plan - This trip will take us from Cumberland to Tofino

Depart Cumberland - drive to North Bay on the first day, possibly to Sudbury. Then to Sault ste Marie, into the US and west on hwy 28. We are panning to head north to Winnipeg to visit wth relatives for a couple of days, then onward west to Moose Jaw, Calgaly (for a few days) and then into BC. Once in BC, we are hoping to spend a few day in Chase visiting friends, the Okanagan and some of the sights we remember so fondly from the early 80's. Then over the mountains and into Vancouver. Once we get to the Island, we are really looking forward...

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Jun 17, 2008 - Ottawa 17-20

We arrived in Ottawa around lunch, had planned to go to the Diefenbaker Bunker but tours were only once a day starting at2pm so we could'nt make it. Tomorrow off to Ottawa, we got a city - water tour on a amphibious bus again we did the whole tour then had lunch. back on the bus to explore the things we wanted to go and see. At the end we toured the Parliament building, this was a guided tour so we wouldn't get lost. When that was finished we sat in the visitors section of the Senate and watched the goings on for while quite...

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Jun 15, 2008 - Ottawa, On.

We arrived yesterday afternoon about 1:30. Our site is ok, we have no sewer which would be nice but I guess we can make do. After setting up we took the transit into Ottawa. We got lucky again! On the bus we met a young man named David who told us a lot about Ottawa such as the best places to visit, how to get around, places to avoid etc. He told us where to get off and when it was time to he decided he would take us to the visitors centre by the Parliament buildings. He went out of his way to help us! We walked all around the Parliament...

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Jun 10, 2008 - our new campground

We finished our various appointments in Moncton and said our goodbyes to our neighbours and headed for Ottawa on June 5th. Our first stop was the Irving Big Stop at St. Andre in New Brunswick. Our second night was at Camping Alouette along Highway 20 just before Montreal. It is a really nice campground and they had a separate garage to wash motorhomes in - Carolyn, I found one! But I didn't wash the rig:-) It looked like it would rain the next day so there was no point (and it did). We'd stay there again anytime. It's too bad there isn't as...

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