Long Weekend in Montreal and Ottawa: Part 6 War Memorial, Chateau Laurier and more!

We’re at the end of the end of our long weekend in Montreal and Ottawa. I’ve shown many sites over the course of these six posts, but there was so much more we didn’t get to see. We were trying to show as much as we could to Cousin Mel but if you’re doing this trip yourself, I would recommend concentrating on one city at a time. With another long weekend coming up in a few weeks, maybe you’ll consider spending Canada Day in Ottawa.

The National War Memorial of Canada

The National War Memorial stands in Confederation Square. The tomb of the Unknown Soldier sits at its base. Here’s some background from Veterans Affairs Canada – “The National War Memorial, unveiled in 1939 to commemorate the response of Canadians in the First World War, has, over the years, come to symbolize the sacrifice of all Canadians who have served Canada in time of war in the cause of peace and freedom. For that reason, the Memorial is now rededicated to their honour. The dates 1939-1945 and 1950-1953 have been added in bronze numerals on each side of the memorial. …

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… Not by chance both the crowning figures of peace and freedom appear side by side. Peace and freedom cannot long be separated. … Without freedom there can be no enduring peace, and without peace no enduring freedom.”

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Fairmont Château Laurier

Château Laurier, a designated National Historic Site, is a luxury hotel. It was named after the Seventh Prime Minister of Canada, Sir Wilfrid Laurier. It opened on June 1, 1912. It is located next to Parliament Hill with the Rideau Canal separating them. If you’re a fan of photography, you’ll be familiar with the name Yousuf Karsh. He lived at the Château for 18 years and had his studio there too. He photographed many celebrities there.  Click here for more on the history of the hotel and check out more photos here.


Rideau Canal

See the photo below? To the right is Château Laurier and on your right is Parliament Hill. Rideau Canal is a National Historic Site of Canada, a Canadian Heritage River and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is still being used today. In the summer, you can watch the boats make their way through the locks.

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Byward Market

The Byward Market is always a must stop when we’re in Ottawa for shopping, food and of course – Beaver Tails!

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Want to buy the same cookie Obama bought on his visit to Ottawa in February 2009? Well, you can buy them at Le Moulin de Provence. They’ve now been called “Obama Cookies”.


If you’re wondering what is a beaver tail? This is how the official website describes it – “Our delicious addictive whole-wheat pastries are hand-stretched, then float cooked and served piping hot, topped with butter and your choice of delectable flavours. Proudly satisfying your sweet tooth since 1978.” There’s always a line-up!

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This is what they look like:

(Image via beavertailsinc.com)

Hubby likes it with nutella but for me, my favourite is the Killaloe Sunrise (see the photo below). Gosh, I sure could go for one right now. Yummy!

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And this wraps up our three-day long weekend trip to Montreal and Ottawa!


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2 Responses to Long Weekend in Montreal and Ottawa: Part 6 War Memorial, Chateau Laurier and more!

  1. Karen says:

    I’ve been to Montreal and Quebec…it looks like I’ll have to add Ottawa on the next trip to Canada. Enjoyable posts.

    • May Dayao says:

      Definitely! Ottawa is beautiful! Great walking city. Make sure you check out the Museum of Civilization. Take the tour at Parliament Hill (enjoy the view at the back). Lots to do and see in Ottawa. Thanks Karen and happy 1st day of summer!

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