It started in January as “Hey, let’s go visit our friends in Maine this February.” Then, “Oh, why don’t we stop off in Massachusetts to see some of my family on the way to Maine.” Next thing you know, we had tacked on a few days in Montreal, a skiing trip at nearby Mont Tremblant and then a stop-off in Ottawa to see more friends before heading home. I know what you’re thinking, most people head south in the winter, you know, like those smart birdies. Especially considering the winter we’ve had here in New York. But I’ll let you in on a little secret, I actually like winter in all it’s snowy, cold beauty :)
It’s landscapes like these that add to my love of winter ;)
We ended up lengthening our stay in Maine by a day, so we ended up skipping over Montreal. But we were rewarded with an extra day on the lifts at Mont Tremblant ;) There is definitely an advantage to hitting the slopes in the middle of the week during a really cold spell when there is no school break. It was like we had the mountain to ourselves!
I swear these people are us ;)
This is about Steve’s fifth time on a snowboard. I’m so proud of him and how far he has come in learning something new :)
He even tackled moguls, although by accident. Snowboards and tiny molehills don’t get along very well…
I love this next one of us on the lift…
The Mont Tremblant Village at night…
Giant caged bonfires were scattered all around the village to take away some of the night chill. So wonderful :)
Next stop, Ottawa :)
The Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel – It is one of several gorgeous hotels built along the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th Century. So far Steve and I have also been to the Royal York in Toronto and the Empress in Victoria. They are all equally stunning inside and out!
I can’t help but think this walkway with the lanterns would make for an amazing backdrop for an engagement photo session!
The luxurious interior…
View of the Parliament buildings. To say I was in awe of their architecture was an understatement!
We just happened to be on time for the next tour so we got to see the inside too!!!
Seriously this library is just amazing!
View of downtown from the bell tower…
The round building is the library. It’s actually part of the original structure that burned down in the early 20th century. The building to the left is the “new” construction. It gets my approval for blending the styles!
I was enamored by the fact that we could freely walk around the entire parliament building. This just does not happen in the States. I mean, we could walk among Senators cars…not that any were there on a Saturday!
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I first saw the Rideau Canal, maybe like one of the canals in Amsterdam. It was pretty cool though, especially that people will use the space to skate to work or enjoy a BeaverTail on a Saturday afternoon ;)
To say we had an amazing time catching up with old friends and family along our journey is an understatement. Special thanks to Iride, Ryan, Beth and Jason for letting us stay and play with your kids and puppies, blog posts with those photos coming soon!!!