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    Quote Originally Posted by ecks View Post
    Ottawa really is a great town!
    Are we thinking about the same city?? Ugh. I'm not a big fan of Ottawa. I loved it before living in Vancouver for about 4 years. Coming back has definitely not been easy. I guess there are worse places (like Sudbury, where I grew up.) At least there are nice paths and Gatineau Park is nearby. It's just so damn boring and I live right in the downtown core... Government town, what else could I expect... Oh well. Enjoy the little things right

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    Depends on what you want to do, Metric. Ottawa has the highest rate of resident satisfaction in the country, so they're obviously doing something right. Of course, I'm pretty boring myself. But we've got world-class museums, lots of festivals, good restaurants, one of the best bike path networks anywhere, a good symphony orchestra, live theatres...

    Although my comment was mainly tongue-in-cheek. Seeing as I am in Ottawa, it's got to be a good town, right?

    So what did you like so much about Vancouver?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judg View Post
    Ottawa has the highest rate of resident satisfaction in the country, so they're obviously doing something right. Of course, I'm pretty boring myself.
    -- Are you talking about the MoneySense review? I think many aspects of it fall under economic category, which if that's the case, I'm not surprised that Vancouver wasn't closer to the top of the list. It's very expensive and a lot of job loses/unemployment in the past few years (my DH one of them - reason we moved back to Ottawa.)

    So what did you like so much about Vancouver?
    Pretty much everything!

    Of course, I'm pretty boring myself. But we've got world-class museums, lots of festivals, good restaurants, one of the best bike path networks anywhere, a good symphony orchestra, live theatres...
    All the above, plus: a very large and multi-cultural population, amazing restaurants, high quality and fresh sea food sashimi (have yet to find any in Ottawa that I would even consider good), excellent high-end shopping (I'm talking Louis Vitton, Holt Renfrew, Chanel, Hermes, Burberry, Betsy Johnson, Tiffany and CO.), ocean and clean beaches, busy and very active downtown core, dog-friendly, lots of parks including my favourite: Stanley Park (I used to walk this 10km nearly daily), Vancouver Aquarium, great public transportation system, modern architecture (personal preference - although the Parliament, government buildings and chateau laurier are nice), beautiful natural scenery (snow covered mountains and ocean), easy-going and more liberal population, proximity to excellent wine-country (Ontario makes excellent white wine, but I've yet to have a good red...) and to the US border, VERY LITTLE SNOW and WARMISH WINTER, you can actually enjoy being outside and year round walking, biking and roller-blading, walking/cycling paths (similar to that of Ottawa, expect ocean instead of river) (Obviously weather is important to me), Whole Foods (which I think Ottawa is finally going to get at Lansdowne) AND amazing sports teams (including the Vancouver Canucks !!!) There are obvious downfalls too, such as prevalence of drug addiction and poverty, cost of living (since it's the most expensive city in North America), traffic congestion if you live outside of Vancouver (I didn't find it any worse than 417 really). Ottawa does definitely have some good aspects too, like you said, depending on what you like. I'm more of a West coast kinda girl. Have you ever been to Vancouver? If you haven't but you don't like metro's, then you'd probably not like it.

    But we've got world-class museums...
    Which museums are "world class"? The only good ones I've enjoyed so far are Museum of Nature and Civilization. I am looking forward to the Van Gogh exibit at the NAG.

    Thing is, I don't like spending lots of time indoors (as you can likely tell from what I loved about Vancouver). FREEZING in the winter and HUMID and HOT in the summer. I think what I also dislike about Ottawa is that it feels/acts like a town instead of a metro. The downtown core is dead (especially on the weekend). Government workers walk around the downtown core looking miserable, Ottawa does not have a great public transportation system. Ottawa does have some perks: Ottawa is very cheap place to live and has some cool neighbourhoods (Downtown, Glebe, Westboro, Hintonberg, Market) (This is where the good restaurants are). There are some nice parks, but many aren't dog friendly. Farmers Markets. I don't go around to the other neighbourhoods in the West, South or East ends aka "the greater Ottawa areas" very often aside from visiting PIL and sister.
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    Definitely go see the War Museum. Climate-wise, it's a toss-up for me. I was raised on the prairie, so I like a lot of sunshine. Too many grey days here for my taste already, despite all of Van's charms, I just couldn't handle that much rain. I'd have to buy sun lamps or something, just to keep my sanity.

    Anyway, sorry for hijacking your journal, Ecks. I'll try to be good now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judg View Post
    Definitely go see the War Museum.

    Anyway, sorry for hijacking your journal, Ecks. I'll try to be good now.
    I didn't like the war museum at all. Saw it when if first opened. Maybe things have changed?? The rain is a bit to get used to, but I didn't mind it after a couple months. I prefer the rain over snow/cold any day. I've been walking to/from work in the rain for the past few days. I actually miss it a bit (that does sound weird). I don't like all the thunder storms here. My dog FREAKS OUT. Never any thunder there since it does rain a lot in the winter. Another bad thing about winter here.... excess use of road salt. My car is starting to rust and I've only been back for not even three years and I rarely drive it.

    I was actually going to come and edit my post to apologize for hijacking SORRY!
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    Hehe, I see Ecks' diary is still where the party's at
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    Metric, I guess it comes down to different strokes for different folks. Which is perfectly okay. I've lived in quite a few places, and I try to dwell on the good points rather than the bad. Any place you go has some of each, and it's better for emotional health to just rejoice in the positive and minimize the negative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judg View Post
    Metric, I guess it comes down to different strokes for different folks. Which is perfectly okay. I've lived in quite a few places, and I try to dwell on the good points rather than the bad. Any place you go has some of each, and it's better for emotional health to just rejoice in the positive and minimize the negative.
    I'm not the type of person that complains very often, for any reason. Like you said, it's better to be positive than negative. I had a really bad day at work and I think I took it out on Ottawa!! I didn't mean for it to be so harsh and I definitely don't hate it here!! For me, the absolute best thing about being in Ottawa is proximity to family (my sister and my adorable 1.5 yr old nephew live in Stittsville) and my parents live about 8 hours away... much better than when I lived in Vancouver!!!!! And....... being driving distance to NYC.

    Ecks - Again sorry for hijacking your journal!! How has your day been??
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