an autumn day offers tons of activities and stops for those interested in the areas that make this city proud to be the national capital
Spend a day enjoying the city’s national landmarks and sweet spots
It’s good to plan ahead, because tours of Centre Block and East Block at Parliament
Hill fill up quickly. They can take 30 minutes to an hour, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch some lively debate in the galleries of the Senate or House of Commons. 5:00 pm. Stop in for a refresher and a rest at Brother’s Beer Bistro (366 Dalhousie St.). Why not stay for rainbow trout or gnocchi if the bar snacks aren’t enough?
10:30 a.m. The National Gallery of
Canada (380 Sussex Dr.) always has eye-popping exhibitions, and this year’s “Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present” is relevant and beautiful. 3:00 p.m. The ByWard Market is full of great options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Take a stroll down Sussex Drive to find The
Modern Shop (541 Sussex Dr.), Kaliyana (515 Sussex Dr.), and many other treasure troves.
From the start of September, walk-in tours of the Governor General’s residence only take place on weekends, but you don’t have to visit the inside of Rideau Hall to appreciate the sprawling lawns just perfect for a picnic.
8:00 p.m. Copper Spirits
and Sights, the rooftop bar of downtown’s Andaz Hotel, provides a unique view of the city from 16 storeys up. The food is good, the cocktails tempting, and the vistas superb.