As luck would have it we had four free days between our Montréal and Halifax house sits. A reasonable amount of time to play tourist in Ottawa. We have managed to visit the capital cities of 18 other countries and it was always a bit embarrassing to admit that we had never been to our own capital so the time was ripe.
A word of caution if you are a museum goer and are planning a trip here. Avoid Monday and Tuesday, as most are closed. As we arrived Sunday night we had to do some adjusting of our plans.
We enjoyed our time in Ottawa even though we were made painfully aware that we are out of practice in spending hours a day walking. We also had a wonderful opportunity to meet up with a couple we had met on a cruise 7 years ago. A great reason to check out some establishments in Byward Market with people familiar with the area.