Hooray for Ottawa!

by DaniGirl on February 15, 2011 · 7 comments

in How I love the Interwebs, Life in Ottawa, Ottawa's hidden treasures

Here’s three great links for people who love Ottawa as much as I love Ottawa. (And for the record? I love Ottawa A LOT!)

First, mad props to the Ottawa Public Library. I love the library and I really love their website and new interactive features. I love the ease of popping over whenever the mood strikes me or a bit of information catches my attention and requesting a book online. If there’s no other requests, the book gets shipped to my local branch in Manotick within a couple of days, and I get an e-mail notification when it’s ready for pick-up. Even better, I get another e-mail two days before it’s due. This is a smashing good system.

You know what just made it even better? I can now do all this on my iPhone, thanks to a new Ottawa Public Library iPhone App. How awesome is that? And best of all? Totally free. I love this!!

Second, mad props to Ottawa Start and two excellent new resources they’ve published in the last couple of weeks. First, check out their wicked-cool Ultimate Guide to Tobogganing in Ottawa and Gatineau. Not only is it a map of all the best sledding hills in the city, but if you click on one it gives you information about the kind of hill, special features and any potential perils. Really, this is outstanding.

Shiverfest mascot sledding

Last but not least, also from Ottawa Start, here’s an update to their 2009 list of essential blogs in Ottawa. This year, they’ve listed 26 essential Ottawa blogs, and I’m very proud to see I’ve been included. (Thanks Glen!) Some of my favourite blogs are here, and a few I must now check out, but I really like this list because of its diversity — it has a little bit of blog for everyone who lives in or loves Ottawa.

Ottawa rocks! :)

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1 Karen February 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

I’m pretty stoked about the library app. I downloaded a third-party one, but I like direct better.

Congrats on being essential (still)! šŸ˜‰

2 Coco February 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Agreed…Ottawa rocks…always something to do and/or see…a lot of free stuff!

3 Mary @ Parenthood February 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Ottawa rocks indeed! I love our city (even chose to honeymoon here!)

I’m pretty excited by the OPL app, though there are some features on their new software I wish they’d restore. Like being able to see your historical requests. And better request management. But I do like what they have! And the library itself is awesome!

4 Erin February 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

There’s an OPL app? Thanks for the tip! I can’t wait to check it out.

5 Danielle February 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

How cool – I’ll have to download that app for sure! Looove me some OPL! :)

6 Katherine Archer September 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

I just wanted to let you know of a very chic upcoming event.

As you know Ottawa has a bit of a reputation for being a bit blah. This event will put Ottawa on the style map with the likes of Paris and Amsterdam.

Lets all get together and get Ottawa on the best dressed list (not the worst). Check it out @ http://harvestnoir.com/

Hope to see you there.


Katherine Archer

7 Em K August 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

I love Ottawa too! I went to university here & reentry moved back, I like how the city is so clean, people are friendly and there’s lots to do. I’ve fou d Ottawa Start to be a helpful resource too :)

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