The old city is not very large, and there should be enough day for a surface inspection. Against the background of European cities, it would not be very noticeable, but for North America the square kilometer of a rather integral ensemble of the 18th and 19th centuries is a completely unique thing. Cities of this time are also in the USA (for example, Newport), but the architecture there is completely different. Quebec, despite the fact that most of the center was built or rebuilt under the British, retains clear features of French influence, and the presence of the fortress wall and the St. Lawrence River – the second most powerful North American watercourse – makes it unique. Continue reading
Ottawa is a special city. It lies on two borders: it is only two hours to the US border, the second border passes through the city and divides the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
The city became a compromise in choosing the capital of the state – the wise Queen Victoria personally appointed Ottawa as the main city of young Canada in order to stop all sorts of discontent from the French and English sides. Toronto and Montreal equally claimed the title of capital, and both cities were left with nothing. There are legends of how long and leisurely the Queen chose the capital, and her elegant hat pin, randomly stuck in a map, decided the fate of the city. But I do not really believe in such a thing – Victoria was too smart a woman to entrust the solution of such an important issue to a pin … Continue reading