Happy Birthday Canada!

Happy 147th birthday Canada!  Canada Day We have a lot to be proud of as a country.  From the Canadian Pacific Railway to Universal Healthcare, Canadians from the past and present have truly made Canada one of the best places to live! iamsick.ca is launching a blog series highlighting some of the top travel destinations in Ontario.  When you’re these locations, keep the iamsick app handy just in case! To commemorate Canada Day, let’s start with Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Ottawa 1) Parliament Hill

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House the offices of the members of Parliament, the House of Commons and the Senate. The perfect place to celebrate Canada Day with free concerts, fireworks and 25,000+ fellow Canadians.  Enter the Parliament Buildings for a free guided tours that delves into Canadian history and explains the workings of our political system. 2) Rideau Canal

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One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in the summer and becomes the “World’s Longest Skating Rink” in the winter.  You can paddle the full 202 km length of the Rideau Canal from Lake Ontario [Kingston] to Ottawa River [Ottawa] through 45 locks, and in the winter you can skate the 7.8 km length of the Rideau Canal skateway from Carleton University (Hartwell Locks) to downtown Ottawa (Chateau Laurier), including Dow’s Lake in between.  Dow’s Lake is also home to an annual Ice Sculpture competition, and other Winterlude festivities.  You can also find warming stations, beavertails & hot chocolate along the length of the canal. 3) Peace Tower

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The Peace Tower commemorates the end of World War I, and harbours the best view of Ottawa. Nearly 100 m tall, it is located in the front middle of the Center Block building of the Canadian Parliament.  Inside the Peace Tower is the Memorial Chamber and a Carillon. 4) National Museums & Galleries OttawaMuseums Ottawa is home to many National Museums & Galleries.  These include the Canadian Agriculture & Food Museum (aka Experimental Farm), the Canadian Aviation & Space Museum, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian Science & Technology Museum, the Canadian War Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint, and many local historical museums and galleries. Explore the collection of artifacts, unforgettable photos, art & knowledge that have shaped Canada into what it is today. 5) ByWard Market

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Ottawa’s ByWard Market is a few blocks from Parliament Hill, and is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets.  You’ll find cafés, galleries, museums, specialty food shops, boutiques, restaurants, pubs, busking, and even the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica.  It’s farmer’s market is open year-round, and offers fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and crafts.  With many outdoor patios & street performers busking, it is a great place to take a stroll while visiting Ottawa.   Ottawa Weather

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The average July maximum temperature is 26.5 °C (80 °F), and the average January minimum temperature is −14.8 °C (5.4 °F). Winters can be very cold with temperatures dropping as low as −36 °C (−32.8 °F), while summers are warm and humid. Daytime temperatures of 30 °C (86 °F) or higher are commonplace. So, it’s important to bundle up to avoid frostbite and windburn in the winter, and to keep hydrated and slather on the sunscreen in the summer.  Don’t forget that you can use the iamsick.ca app to find the nearest open pharmacy to pick up sunscreen, drinks, mitts, and pocket handwarmers. Healthcare Providers Near the Attractions

1) James Street Medical Clinic

613-233-6240 58 James Street (near Bank St & Somerset St W) Ottawa , K2P 0T6 

2) Watson’s Pharmacy and Wellness Centre – Ottawa East

613-238-1881 192 Main Street (near Main St & Lees Ave – a few blocks from Rideau Canal) Ottawa , K1S 1C2  http://www.watsonspharma.com

3) Rexall – Sparks & Bank

613-238-1198 240 Sparks Street – Unit C-102 (on Sparks Street – 2 blocks from Parliament Hill) Ottawa , K1P 6Z9  http://www.rexall.ca

4) Bruyère Pharmacy

613-562-6308 75 Bruyere Street (near Sussex Drive & King Edward Avenue – next to Royal Canadian Mint) Ottawa , K1N 5C8 http://www.bruyere.org/bruyere-pharmacy

5) Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus

613-761-5355 1053 Carling Avenue (near Carling Avenue & Parkdale Avenue – near Dow’s Lake & Experimental Farm ) Ottawa , K1Y 4E9  http://www.ottawahospital.on.ca/   To search for more healthcare providers near you, visit: iamsick.ca.

 

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