Canadian Aviation Museum / Rideau Hall

We had a lazy morn­ing: break­fast in the room, show­ers, and so forth. We left the hotel about 11 AM, and drove out to the Avi­a­tion Muse­um, where I got to indulge one flavour of my nerdi­ness (includ­ing wear­ing a fight­er-jet hel­met dur­ing the ejec­tion seat demonstration).

After lunch, we head­ed to our 3 o’clock tour of Rideau Hall, home of the new­ly-installed Gov­er­nor Gen­er­al, Her Excel­len­cy Julie Payette.

After that, we took about an hour to trav­el what the GPS said should take 9 min­utes. (Nev­er get lost dur­ing rush hour, kids.) We made it to the Mosaï­Cana­da gar­dens in Gatineau just in time for a cloud­burst, so we wait­ed it out in the car. As we were fin­ish­ing up the tour — like, in sight of the “Sor­tie / Exit” arrows — it start­ed to rain again.

We head­ed off to Stel­la Luna for sup­per, but end­ed up find­ing the Mill Street Brew Pub sign instead. We called from the park­ing lot, and they said it was a half-hour wait. (Turned out to be almost an hour, but that’s OK, we sat at the bar and had tast­ing flights. I enjoyed the Milk­shake Cream Ale — IPAesque with flo­ral notes — and Kath­leen loved the Wel­ter­weight IPA, which is weird because she dis­likes IPAs as a gen­er­al rule.) Sup­per was amazing.

Back to the hotel, and crash into bed.

Step count: 8677.

Series: Ottawa Trip 2017

The entire series: Ottawa: Sun­day; Ottawa: By Water; Ottawa: Par­lia­ment Hill; Cana­di­an Avi­a­tion Muse­um / Rideau Hall; Muse­um-a-palooza; Nation­al Gallery; The Week­end.