Ottawa Travel Diary

It’s been almost a month since my trip to Ottawa and I finally finished sorting through all the pictures! My friend Sandra and I wanted to go somewhere we’ve never been to for a weekend trip (Friday to Sunday) and we decided to go to the capital of Canada! Traveling with her is always a fun time because we like to do similar things when we travel, and we catch up on each other’s lives : ) We had three full days in Ottawa and it was definitely enough time to see the city, not including the countryside of course.

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On Friday, we spent a good amount of time at ByWard Market, which is located in the heart of Ottawa. There are a lot of small boutiques, restaurants, and food stands. To be honest, the brochure (yes, I took a brochure from the airport because I’m a tourist lol) made the market sound a lot more exciting than it actually was, but it was still a lot of fun. There was one boutique called Milk Shop Ottawa that I really liked and purchased some stuff from (you might’ve seen the watermelon towel here). We also spent a good part of the day walking around to see the major historical buildings, like the Parliament of Canada. We did not have a car, so it was good that everything was within walking distance.

Of course, we had to take lots of photos! I have a Canon T6i with the 50mm lens, and the camera has a self-timer and an app on the phone to control the focus. We used that technique to take photos of us together because when you try to ask a stranger to take a photo for you using a DSLR, chances are, the photo is going to turn out horribly.

As for my outfit, I was wearing my airport outfit because I flew early in the morning and wanted to be comfy. I paired my PrettyLittleThing rose tshirt dress with my trusty white velcro sneakers. Whenever I travel, I always use my Longchamp backpack because it’s small and can fit soo much stuff!

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We went to the Tulip Festival on Saturday and the weather was AMAZING! I had to bring my Club Monaco trench (on sale!) along because it was chilly in the morning and night, but during the day the weather was so nice that it was difficult to take pictures (seriously, shadows distort everyone’s faces). There were definitely a LOT of people at the tulip festival because it was the last weekend. We got lunch at a restaurant by the lake, and it just felt so nice to be out in nature.

Since the weather was so nice, we also went kayaking on Dow’s Lake and walked around the lake after. Kayaking was a bit difficult at first because we were not doing it correctly, but once we nailed down (not really) the technique, it went pretty smoothly. I definitely recommend going on a tandem kayak with your friends because it’s so much fun! Probably don’t wear a dress though, cuz it gets windy. My yellow gingham dress is from Asos! (blogged about it here)

In the evening, we were back at downtown Ottawa and soaked in the beautiful architecture. Funny thing is that the castle I took pictures with was actually a hotel and not a historical building, but it’s okay.

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On our last full day, we explored an area called Wellington. We actually walked from our AirBnB in downtown Ottawa to this area because we just walk everywhere haha. This part of town was definitely a lot more like the suburbs, but there were cute boutiques along the way. We got afternoon tea at a cafe called Thyme & Again and it was such a cute place! We actually had some Suzy Q donuts before we went to this cafe (I mean, you can never have enough sweets). Eventually, we made our way to Westboro Beach, where we saw ducks cross the street. It was seriously the cutest thing ever! I wish I had my camera out when all six ducks were crossing the street in one line. Unfortunately, I was only able to capture the very last one. It actually rained that day, so we got some comfort food at Zak’s Diner. Since it was raining on Sunday night, we decided to call it an early night and enjoy each other’s company back at the AirBnB : )

Overall, I really enjoyed my trip to Ottawa for two reasons – the amazing day on Saturday and I was traveling with my best friend. The city itself is quite small and if you are just in the downtown area, a three-day trip is plenty of time. If we had a car, we would’ve been able to see the scenic part of Ottawa and experience a swimming pool in the mountains.

Day 1 outfit details:

PrettyLittleThing rose tshirt dress (other colors) / White sneakers / LivandJess sunglasses / Longchamp backpack

Day 2 outfit details: (blog post here)

Yellow gingham dress (petite, tall, similar here and here) / Aldo sandals (old) / Kate Spade sunglasses (old) / Club Monaco trench (on sale!) / Longchamp backpack

Day 3 outfit details:

Alice + Olivia blue dress (similar here) / White sneakers / Club Monaco trench (on sale!)

I hope you enjoyed my Ottawa travel diary! I will definitely be doing more of these in the future : ) Where do you want to travel next? Leave it in the comments below. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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11 Comments

  1. June 19, 2017 / 10:57 AM

    Beautiful place and I love all your outfits!

  2. June 19, 2017 / 1:34 PM

    Looks like a lot of fun! I love the day two outfit, looks like it’s comfortable as well as cute.

  3. June 19, 2017 / 1:47 PM

    Your outfits are so adorable and so are all of these photos! I really enjoy your travel diary posts 🙂

    • June 21, 2017 / 4:38 PM

      Thank you so much Jess! I can’t wait to do more of these posts 🙂

  4. June 19, 2017 / 2:00 PM

    Looks like a great time…beautiful sites, good food and good friends! Looks like you are lovin’ your cute outfits!

  5. June 19, 2017 / 2:06 PM

    This looks like an amazing trip and you look like you had so much fun. Your outfits are lovely. I really want to visit Canada again

  6. June 19, 2017 / 6:13 PM

    I love Ottawa (and I’m a HUGE fan of their hockey team hahaha so I want to take my next trip up in the winter)! It’s going to be crazy up there soon with the big Canada 150 celebrations kicking in! You picked a good time to go!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

    • June 21, 2017 / 4:39 PM

      Yeah! One of the big Canada 150 celebrations was the installation of the Ottawa sign in ByWard Market. Unfortunately I did not get a photo of it, but it was really pretty!

    • June 21, 2017 / 4:39 PM

      I would love to visit Charleston sometime! Maybe next spring 🙂

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