Festival des Neiges of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Festival des Neiges of  Montreal is an annual event that takes place every year on several weekends at Parc Jean Drapeau. There are a lot of winter activities and what’s even better is that there are several that are free as the entrance that is completely free. There are tube slides, dog sled tours, zip lines, skating, shows, music; among others. There is also a special section for younger children that closes a little before (17:00). This year the event will take place from January 20th to February 11th.

Tips

The best way to arrive is by metro and go down in Hean-Drapeau Station.

For paid activities, you can buy the Accropass which will give you unlimited access for the duration of the festival.

Children under 4 years do not pay and there is the possibility of buying a family package a little cheaper for 4 people.

Saturday is open from 10 am to 8 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.

 

Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Library of Parliament or Legislative Library serves legislators for their research and information analysis needs. It is placed in various parliamentary buildings in Ottawa. Opened in 1876, its historic seat is located at the back of the Center Block on Parliament Hill; a vestige of what has remained since the last fire of 1916. It was designed by architects Thomas Fuller and Chilion Jones on a hexadecagonal plan (16 faces) with galleries and fire doors and the corridor that separates it from the rest of the building. Between 2002 and 2006 it was completely renovated and modernized with the addition of two basements, telecommunications equipment and reconfiguration of the reading room. It has elements typical of Neo-Gothic architecture. Its walls are in blocks of sandstone, there are flying buttresses, pointed ogive windows, turrets, bell-towers and its roof is made of copper with three levels and forms a vault above the reading room. The interior of the reading room itself as well as the exterior appearance of the building that covers it have characteristics of the Victorian era. The galleries are in pine carved with floral motifs, coats of arms, masks and mythological creatures. The actual floor (reproducing the original), is in parquetry of cherry, oak and walnut. There is a statue of Queen Victoria in white marble and marble busts of the Prince of Wales (Albert Edward), Princess of Wales (Alexandra of Denmark), Sir John Sandfield Macdonald and Sir Etienne Paschal Taché.

Tips

If you wish to consult general public information materials, ask for information before you go.

If you are taking the guided tour of Parliament, you will have the opportunity to also visit the library.

Panama City, Panama

Panama City is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama, It has a population of 880,691, with a total metro population of 1,440,381 and is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of Panama. The city is the political and administrative center of the country, as well as a hub for international banking and commerce.

The city of Panama has a dense skyline of mostly high-rise buildings, and it is surrounded by a large belt of tropical rainforest. Panama’s Tocumen International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Central America, offers daily flights to major international destinations. Panama was chosen as the 2003 American Capital of Culture jointly with Curitiba, Brazil. It is among the top five places for retirement in the world, according to International Living magazine.

Tips

The Canal Zone is impressive, it offers many possibilities for excursions. We recommend the trans-isthmus train, this charming train runs along the Canal for great views of the locks, Gatun Lake, and the rainforest.

Panamá Viejo (“Old Panama”) is the name used for the architectural vestiges of the Monumental Historic Complex of the first Spanish city founded on the Pacific coast of the Americas by Pedro Arias de Avila on August 15, 1519. This city was the starting point for the expeditions that conquered the Inca Empire in Peru in 1532. It was a stopover point on one of the most important trade routes in the history of the American continent, leading to the famous fairs of Nombre de Dios and Portobelo, where most of the gold and silver that Spain took from the Americas passed through.

Panama City is known as the Las Vegas of the Central America whit 22 superb casinos all offering great restaurants and shows.

The town have many museums we recommend the Biomuseo (Biodiversity Museum) the architecture is surprising on a multicolored metallic structure, the museum presents the Latin American biodiversity and threats to it.