We arrived in Ottawa area to spend Christmas with family. It was still green - and mild! The ByWard Market area is so easy to get to and to find parking we headed straight there to do our Christams shopping. There is everything from boutique shops to the Rideau Shopping center with over 100 stores I think. It was great place to meet up with friends and 'do lunch' as there is an endless choice of restaurants within a few blocks of each other. The Christmas tree vendors and the shop decorations were very festive and then it snowed in time for Christmas - it was all very special. Ottawa is a good spot to experience a Canadian winter. The Christams period or in February for the Winterlude festivities and skating on the famous Rideau canal - about 3 km long! The Christmas lights around the Parliment Buildings and Embassies are all very beautiful in the winter evening glow and the people are so friendly! Canada eh!
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