Roadtrip across Canada day 1: Ottawa- Cochrane.
We decided to go this route because I was really keen to see the Polar Bear Habitat in “northern Ontario”. I use quotations because despite actually being as far north as you can go on a paved road in this province, Cochrane is on the 49th parallel, along with Vancouver, BC, which I wouldn’t exactly consider northern.
The route took us from Ottawa to North Bay, where you split off to the west on 17 through Sault Ste. Marie, or the 11 north to Cochrane. This route didn’t actually add anytime and was totally worth the stop. We arrived in Cochrane where we stayed at the Best Western (remember- it’s a small town). The hotel was quaint and served it’s purpose for a quick stop.
Being a tad bit of a planner, I like to source out restaurant options before we go anywhere. I was checking out restaurant options in Cochrane and thanks to the world wide web it became pretty clear the place to go was the Ice Hut Bar & Grill. Mann were we impressed! This restaurant is the absolute best place we ate on our whole trip! I still can’t get over the quality in such a small place. We had the bruschetta to start and it was by far the best we have ever had. C is still talking about how good it was! From there he had the grilled sausage and I had a mushroom and chicken pasta- both of which we strongly recommend. We were going to wrap it up from there but our waitress, and the owner’s Mom told us we had to try her son’s homemade blueberry pie made with goat cheese. What a great suggestion! It was absolutely delicious, and not sweet. The perfect after dinner treat.
The next morning we got up and went to the Polar Bear Habitat which was absolutely one of the highlights of the trip and a must see spot for anyone in Ontario! Seeing such an incredible animal so close actually made me emotional. I was so in love with them! I will let the photos speak for themselves