I picked an upgraded room with a view at the Chateau. I booked thru a hotel special that was very reasonably priced and came with breakfast each morning. Our room was beautiful. We were in one of the turrets with a view out the front. We had a small sitting area with 4 tall windows. We could sit and watch the ice float down the river, and see the pretty old city lights at night. It was a beautiful place to warm up.
Behind the Chateau is a toboggan ride, we bought a couple of tickets and hauled a sled up twice for 2 fun rides down the hill. Also there is a funicular or tram that goes down the hill to the old town from the Chateau. After walking thru the town below in the evening, we took the funicular back up to the Chateau; the view is beautiful on the ride up of the town below.
After church we headed to our hotel to check in. I booked us in the Chateau Laurier in downtown Ottawa, right on the canal and across from the beautiful Parliament buildings. And upgraded room was not available, but the standard room worked just fine, but our view was through a small window and we missed the sitting area we had in our last hotel. We went for a short walk along and on the canal. David was excited to be there and walking on the frozen Rideau canal, also a Unesco World Heritage Site. Rather than rent skates tonight, we decided we would wait till Monday or Tuesday, as it may rain on Monday. This was our mistake. We didn’t realize at the time that they would close the canal that night due to rain and slightly warming temps. We hoped they would re open on Tuesday as it froze Monday night, but they did not. We had lost our one chance to ice skate the canal! Hindsight is 20/20! They did not re open the canal for over a week (david had to check on it after we returned home!). He was quite disappointed he did not get to skate “somewhere” for miles! Next time! Instead we enjoyed a tour of the peach tower and watched some of the debates in parliamentary. They are quite vocal—they mock and laugh, or loudly cheer and clap for those they do or do not like. It was lively!