While I’ve been lucky to escape Toronto a couple of times since we’ve returned from our big trip, Ewan and I had yet to go on a mini-excursion together. That is until the August long weekend. We did as most Ontarians seem to do, and come Friday after work hopped into a car and headed for the highway. Though the roads were busy I think a lot of people took off early and so it wasn’t as bumper to bumper as I had expected.
While others were heading for cottages and camping we made our way to Ottawa; the extra day in the weekend gave us a great excuse to make a visit to see family, especially considering it was my grandfather’s 88th birthday.
Our time was filled up with conversation and food, including an epic evening of varenyki (perogie) making. The family recipe is delicious and was a birthday treat for my grandpa who had them on the regular growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan. Somewhere between batches of the savoury cheese perogies and the dessert ones (with fresh raspberries and strawberries) we chowed down and ate ourselves into a stupor. Clean up was a slow lethargic process. While we ate our weight in carbs, it was completely worth it because those things are just so dang good!
Our second day in Ottawa had us going for a (much needed) walk. We hit up the Canadian War Museum and checked out the free Photojournalist exhibit showcasing award winning photographs from the past couple of years. The shots were incredible and the exhibit is definitely worth checking out. Post-museum we hit up Ottawa’s Mill Street Brew Pub aptly located at a former grist mill. Pints by a dam while watching a heron snag some fish is a nice way to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon. From there we wandered along the River to Parliament Hill and the downtown area, alive with the Busker Fest. We even caught the changing of the guard at the War Memorial.
Our weekend was a nice mix of family time and enjoying the city. The weather cooperated too and made for a happy chunk of time to store away in the old memory bank!