Tuesday, October 24, 2017

WC November 2017 - Canada's Capital: Ottawa

Wanderlust Challenges discussion on goodreads

Canada's Capital: Ottawa
November 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017

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The first capital we are exploring is Canada's beautiful and fascinating city of Ottawa. Here are a few interesting facts to share before we start our visit:

✱ It sits on the south bank of the Ottawa River near Montréal and the US border.
✱ Queen Victoria of Britain chose Ottawa to be the capital of Canada in 1857.
✱ There are 4 distinct seasons with temperatures ranging from 33C in summer to -25C.
✱ It’s a bilingual city with most locals speaking both English and French. 
✱ It’s one of the youngest cities in the country with nearly half the population being under the age of 35. 

Let's start exploring - choose a level and enjoy your trip!
Day Tripper: 4 Attractions
Explorer: 5-6 Attractions

Challenge Rules: All forms of books are accepted as long as they are 100 pages or more. When posting updates of completed books, please include a link to the title and author’s name, along with the date you finished reading the book. Please post cover if it is task appropriate. 



1. Parliament Hill: 
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The magnificent Gothic revival Parliament Hill sits in the middle of the city centre overlooking the Ottawa River. The building is home to the Parliament of Canada, but is also a major tourist attraction. Each morning during summer months, the front lawn is the setting of the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony. Each evening the public is invited to gather again to witness the awe-inspiring Sound and Light show with spectacular lighting effects projected on the Parliament Buildings set to words and music. 

✱ Read a book that has a building with spires on the cover OR
✱ Read a book tagged Gothic on its GR Homepage OR
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last name can be found in PARLIAMENT HILL.
Flight Alyssa Rose Ivy 11/2/17

2. ByWard Market

For nearly 200 years this rollicking public market has played host to artisans, farmers and craft merchants who converge year round to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and specialty items. This downtown market is a great place to wander around and mingle with the locals. It also houses numerous cafés and some of the city’s best pubs and restaurants. 

✱ Read a book with a fruit or vegetable on the cover OR
✱ Read a book with a character that works with food (cooks, serves, grows, etc) OR
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last name can be found in BYWARD MARKET.
Split Second Kasie West 11/6/17

3. Rideau Canal

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic waterway is filled with boaters spring through fall and becomes the world’s largest naturally frozen ice skating rink in winter. The Rideau Canal winds through downtown Ottawa before connecting with the Ottawa River through stepped locks right next to Parliament Hill. It’s a beautiful place for a stroll no matter the season. 

✱ Read a book with a body of water on the cover OR
Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2) by Katie McGarry Walk the Edge Katie McGarry 11/11/17
✱ Read a book where the characters go ice skating or take a boat ride OR
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last name can be found in RIDEAU CANAL.

4. Garden Promenade

If visiting gardens a priority, then this is for you! The Garden Promenade is a 15 km circuit that celebrates Ottawa’s garden culture by showcasing 40 gardens and over 70 garden experiences in Canada’s Capital Region. The route is focused where many main tourist attractions are located. If you like to explore on your own, you can use the interactive maps and routes to plan your visit on foot, by bike, by public transportation, or by car.

✱ Read a book with a garden on the cover OR
✱ Read book #15, #40 or #70 from your TBR OR
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last name can be found in GARDEN PROMENADE.
Coraline Neil Gaiman 11/12/17

5. Canadian War Museum

Canada's rich military history is showcased here through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world. Rest and reflect in Memorial Hall, discover the Museum's fascinating architectural theme and chat with a veteran to let history come alive.

✱ Read a book tagged WAR on its GR Homepage OR Woods Runner Gary Paulsen 11/15/17
✱ Read a book written by a Canadian OR
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last name can be found in WAR MUSEUM.

6. Haunted Walk of Ottawa

Learn about the infamous history and darker side of the city with this spooky tour. It focuses on Ottawa’s dark past, where you will hear haunting stories about some of the city’s most famous spots: Bytown Museum, the Ottawa Jail Hostel and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Tours are led by guides cloaked in black and holding lanterns.

✱ Read a book with a cover you find “haunting” (tell us why) OR
✱ Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR Homepage OR
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last name can be found in HAUNTED WALK. 
Pivot Point Kasie West 11/5/17

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