3D2N Ottawa

Dad,

We do not have experience driving in the snow although it is cheaper to rent a car and drive to Ottawa. The cab ride from Mont Tremblant – Ottawa is the most expensive cab ride throughout our trip. Cab driver is not familiar with the route, luckily K2 has Montreal mobile no and able to access google map for driving directions to Airbnb in Ottawa. Most shops are closed on X’mas Day so we bought pizza & Canada Dry Ginger Ale for dinner.

1st time book Airbnb so read the reviews and to book Superhost bnb if possible. In addition, to book bnb that is near bus stop or metro so that can take bus or metro to Downtown of each city.

Ottawa’s bnb is located in Little Italy / Chinatown area & there is a bakery opposite bnb. We stayed at 1st & basement level of bnb. There are kitchen, living room, bedroom & 1 bathroom at 1st level while another bedroom, 0.5 bathroom, washing machine & dryer at basement level. K2 said we are lucky that the bnb has 1.5 bathrooms & Netflix as the bnb that he is staying in Montreal has 1 bathroom & without Netflix.

K2 ask why we visit Ottawa as he feels that there is nothing much to see & do. K1 feel that Ottawa is the capital of Canada & to visit Ottawa since it is nearby the other cities that we are going. The next day morning, we walk to Parliament Hill from bnb (K2 lead the way using google map). Parliament Hill is nearby Fairmont Chateau Laurier, CF Rideau Centre & Byward Market. There is Boxing Day sale and we did our shopping at CF Rideau Centre. It’s K1 2nd time buying Kate Spade (KS) & there is discount for colourful polka dot wristlet. 1st time buy KS is when K2 app the photos to ask K1 if interested to buy any bag as there is online promo (K1 ask K2 to help buy a striped bag that turns out to be a baby bag, family joke that K1 is preparing to use the bag in future. At the moment, K1 plan to use the bag for staycation.)

It’s evening so we walk to Parliament Hill to see X’mas sound & lights show that people of all ages enjoy watching. After that, we took bus back to bnb and ate the Choco Hazelnut & Apple Cinnamon Beavertails that we bought.

Sweet Dreams 🙂

 

4D3N Niagara Falls & Mont Tremblant

Dad,

K1 and K2 miss Canada as we had our once-in-a-lifetime cum 1st time experience such as walking on snow & play snowball, went to Niagara Falls, K2 learnt skiing at Mont Tremblant, see X’mas lights at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, sat interactive see saw @ Place Des Festivals in Montreal as well as Toboggan ride at Old Quebec, spent few hours explore ROM & had 3 course lunch at 360 Rest, CN Tower in Toronto.

冬至 (the day we eat 湯圓), RJjj, moon jie & K1 embark our journey onboard Eva Air flights to Toronto (transit at Taipei). Almost a day of travelling, we arrived at Htl Sheraton on the Falls by Niagara Airbus. There’s an electric fireplace in htl room & htl is within walking distance to Clifton Hill & Niagara Falls. In addition, we enquire the nearest bus stop for Wego bus to go to Canada One Factory Outlets & htl gave us a 48 hours Wego bus card per pax. We had Chinese lunch at New York Rest, big portions of food that taste salty. Waited for 9pm to see Niagara Falls fireworks from htl room, K1 like fireworks.

X’mas Eve, we took Niagara Airbus to Toronto airport for Air Canada flight to Mont Tremblant. Another option is Porter Airlines but we choose Air Canada due cheaper fares & earlier flight time so that can check-in, eat lunch and see Santa Claus. Upon arrival at Mont Tremblant airport, we took shuttle service to Htl Place St Bernard. K2 took Galland coach from Montreal & arrived Mont Tremblant in the morning. Htl allowed K2 to check-in early & K2 went to learn skiing. Due to changes in travel plans a mth before departure date, most Airbnbs fully booked & limited hotels available. Thus, K1 made booking at Htl Place St Bernard htl room that is small but htl is located along the Pedestrian village that has cafes, restaurants, shops and Activity Centre. K2 suggest that we sit on the bench to eat yogurt in the cold weather. Our meals consist of crepes, noodles, Pad Thai, pizzas, Western cuisine such as Fish & Chips and vege spaghetti.

Good night 🙂