We just returned from five days in Ottawa, and it was a very nice time. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in East Ottawa; it worked out to be a good base.....short drive in, and used public transportation on Canada Day.....more on that later. We took a Grey Line tour....it turned out to be a good deal. The tour was good for 24 hours....we went for the complete tour on the first day, and got off at different stops on the second. We took advantage of the free museum admission on Canada Day....went to the art museum, and mint....wife and daughter went to the nature museum. I was really amazed by the Canada spirit on Canada Day.....truly a sea of red. For breakfast, we ate at Mello's one day, and Wil and Adas on our last day. W&A was excellent....but a bit pricey for breakfast. I did the blues jam at the Rainbow Café on Sunday.....a very nice vibe. We all liked the Byward market.....it was really happening on Canada Day, although there was a power outage which put a damper for a short time. We checked on Rideau Hall, and took in a bit of Canadian history. We also went into the Notre Dame Cathedral....very beautiful, and similar to the one in Montreal. The only down-side of our vacation was taking the bus after the fireworks....it was a madhouse. A total free-for-all, and took us 90 minutes to get back to the hotel. It was hard to get good info on the buses, and where to pick up our transfer. So overall, and excellent trip, and would reurn.