Posted November 20, 2009 by Kate Hamman
As Canada's capital, Ottawa offers a range of history, culture, and art activities at affordable prices. Come explore the age-old tradition of skating through the city, and then hit the shops in a historical market filled with specialty items. Once you've worked up an appetite, you can grab a cheap bite to eat in a vintage clothing store.
Skating on Rideau Canal: At four-and-half miles, the Rideau Canal becomes the world's longest skateway every winter, when commuters, tourists, and locals lace up their skates and hit the ice. Come join in the fun and try a triple lutz on the frozen canal, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. And during the city's Winterlude celebrations in February, you can enjoy hot chocolate and other activities at stations along the way.
ByWard Market: Even if you haven't a clue what you're looking for, you'll find it here at one of Canada's oldest public markets. With more than 400 unique shops selling fresh produce, meats, clothes, housewares, arts, and crafts, the ByWard Market makes shopping a delightful adventure without spending too many Canadian dimes. Here, you can gather fresh fruit and cheese for a picnic, explore boutique stores, or just sip tea as you people watch.
Aunt Olive's Vintage: Aunt Olive's happens to be one of the only, if not the only, place in the world where you can sip a root beer float while browsing racks of prime vintage duds. And this little shop near the ByWard Market also offers a range of lunch items, including a killer pear, prosciutto, and brie panini. The menu may be small, but soups and quiche options change regularly.
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