On Sunday night, May 27th I wandered down Rideau Avenue in search of the Highlander Pub. While planning this trip I was studying the various restaurants and pubs in Ottawa and getting a big kick out of the names. I was looking forward to seeing and experiencing the real thing.
The Highlander is the first pub for another another mall area with more restaurants like The Dubliner and shops. Souvenirs shops that had T-Shirts but they all had Ottawa stamped on them. I was looking for just Canada which would cover a lot of ground for my ancestors came from many areas of Canada.
The Highlander is right on the corner of Williams and Rideau, the northwest corner. They lead me to a seat in the back where I could view all the action and the comings and goings. http://www.thehighlanderpub.com/
My Aunt Eddie loved her Scotch so she would be very proud of me for at least visiting. I know she would have sampled the menu, which is very detailed and amazing. I was tempted to try some of their offerings but resisted the urge. The bartender was wearing a kilt with a sporran. Yes, I am telling the truth, honest, I checked.
Ottawa is indeed a very interesting and colorful city. My walks along Rideau Street were always an experience for a people watcher like me. I would return to Ottawa at the end of my journey and do a little more exploring. It was time to move on. I would be heading west and south to Smith Falls in Lanark County, Ontario. There was a large Scottish settlement in the area of Perth and I was curious to learn more about it.
The Rideau Canal is not too far from these two establishments and I did do some exploring after visiting the LAC. The Rideau Canal and I would meet on several occasions as I journeyed through Ontario. Too bad the Culbute Canal is gone and hard to reach, sigh! Archibald McDonell my great grandfather was lockmaster for the Culbute which is located between Allumette Island and Chichester Township in Pontiac County, Quebec.
The Rideau Canal travels from the Ottawa River down to Smith Falls and further down to Kingston. It was built to connect the Ottawa River with Lake Ontario. It is still in use today mostly for pleasure craft. It is located where Elgin Street meets Wellington and meshes with the big fancy hotel that looks like a castle the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. I was tempted to go inside and see it and maybe have dinner there? It would be expensive! I had considered staying there.
In the photo above there is a rectanguler structure and on the far side of the Fairmont is a staircase that leads to a balcony area were you can enjoy the view but the massive railing is too tall and I was having trouble getting good photos over it. It is where Wellington meets the Rideau Street:
They had a timeline display of Queen Elizabeth’s visits to Canada along the wall which is part of the Fairmont Hotel. I believe it was in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee?
There is the Bytown Museum right on the Rideau Canal. It does have an archive you can visit by appointment:
http://www.bytownmuseum.com/en/main.html http://www.bytownmuseum.com/ To the right there is a trail for more exploring.