I spent the last few weeks travelling Ontario and Quebec, between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
It’s been a great time partying some and meeting heaps of interesting people. Toronto still fascinates me for being a big city with a “town feel” and very friendly people.
Montreal seems like a different world, everything is french even the menu at Mc Donalds! The people are still friendly canadians though, and if one doesn’t speak french they’ll happily switch to english. Although being smaller than Toronto, Montreal offers more diversity in terms of shops and buildings and architecture. It’s also more touristic with more souvenir shops and Inuit Art Galleries etc. The most distinctive landmark is certainly Mont Royal towering right at the city’s core and offering great views (particularly at night!).
Ottawa has the reputation for being a boring place. I found that not to be true at all. It’s a great city for walking in the Byward Market as well as along the Ottawa River. And one can actually cross a bridge and enter Quebec and the city of Gatineau, where everything becomes french. The Civilisation Museum (on the Quebec side) has an amazing collection of Aboriginal Art and culture and the Nature Museum (in Ottawa) is worth checking out too. There were also a range of music shows on and I managed to see a local underground punk show. Septimo Continente (Montreal), No Problem (Edmonton) and Blood Nail (Ottawa, I think) were on the bill.
In couple of days time I’m headed for Newfoundland and explore some of Canada’s natural beauty.