Recent experiences with Canadian Immigration officers at Ottawa International may well cause many to rethink a visit through that airport. My friends, fellow travelers, and myself were shocked by the collective hostile attitudes displayed by numerous afficers during a recent visit.
For issues as minor as not knowing the complete name of a hotel, separate and intense interagation accompanied by a detailed luggage search followed. In a least one case, articles of clothing were held up for public viewing and a camera disabled by an officer who insisted on viewing a traveler's personal pictures without knowing how to handle the camera.
My own experience that night after a 1 1/2 hour grilling, ended with the admonition not to return to Canada unless I was better prepared to answer detailed questioning. Not to worry.
Fortunately, we found the people of Ottawa universally friendly. The museums, the city activites, and other attractions completely exceeded our expectaions. Sadly, to appreciate this wonderful city, many of us had to deal with wholly unprofesional behavior that bore no relationship to Canadian security.