Ottawa Family Fun

Ottawa family fun: A voyageur canoe trip on the Rideau Canal

1 September 2015 Ottawa Family Fun

Great news: I have a most excellent new suggestion for an affordable family activity that involves fresh air, exercise and a fascinating and fun lesson in Ottawa history. Not so great news: the season is over until spring, so you’ll have to wait until next year to try it out for yourself. As I’ve mentioned, […]

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Photo(s) of the day: A walk at the Chapman Mills boardwalk

27 August 2015 Ah, me boys

The boardwalk at the Chapman Mills conservation area near Barrhaven has always been one of our favourite places for a wander on a summer day. I have dozens of photos of the boys on the boardwalk going back to when we had Katie and before Lucas was even in the picture, so to speak. When […]

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Photo(s) of the day: The grey wolves of Parc Omega

23 March 2015 Ottawa Family Fun

Of all the creatures great and small we saw on our Parc Omega adventure, it was the wolves that most enchanted all of us. We arrived just a few minutes before the thrice daily feeding show. They don’t actually feed the wolves a full meal, the “animator” host explained. For meal time, they actually drag […]

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Photo of the day: Parc Omega family portrait

22 March 2015 Ottawa Family Fun

We’d been planning to go to Parc Omega for the last day of March Break for a while, but we almost chickened out when the weather crapped out (again!) and the temperature was -20C (again!) early this morning. We sucked it up, dressed warmly and had an AMAZING time! Lots more to come, but this […]

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Ottawa Family Fun: Artissimo and MC Escher at the National Gallery

16 March 2015 Ottawa Family Fun

When I heard that there would be an MC Escher exhibit at the National Gallery during March Break, I knew I wanted to bring the boys. Two love art and one loves math – how could we go wrong with an exhibit about a “Mathemagician”? We added an extra kid for good measure – in […]

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Eight ideas for awesome Ottawa March break family fun!

14 March 2015 Ottawa Family Fun

It’s March break and you’re kicking yourself for not booking that beach vacation, right? Me too, but let’s make up for it by having an awesome week filled with family fun right here at home in Ottawa. Here’s eight of my favourite March Break staycation ideas! 1. The Log Farm sugar shack All you can […]

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Ottawa’s best winter festival is back!

28 January 2015 Ottawa Family Fun

Looking for winter family fun in Ottawa this weekend? Forget the crowds at Winterlude and head out to Manotick to celebrate Shiverfest! The Shiverfest fun starts on Friday January 30 at the Manotick Arena with an exhibition figure-skating show by the Rideau Skating Club at 6 pm. At 6:30 pm, come warm up by a […]

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Photo of the day: Family fun on the Rideau Canal

12 January 2015 Ottawa Family Fun

When the last of your Christmas family visitors happen to arrive on the first day that the Rideau Canal is open for the season, and they’ve never visited the world’s longest (or is it largest?) outdoor skating rink, and the temperature rises above minus 10C for the first day in a week, an extended family […]

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Crowdsourcing: Where are the best Christmas light dislays in Ottawa?

1 December 2014 Happy holidays

It’s finally December. I love December! The days may be short, but the nights are bright with Christmas lights. Oh how I love the Christmas lights! We’ve had the lights up on our porch for a couple of weeks now, and our neighbourhood is slowly starting to show off its Christmas colours. I’d love to […]

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Ho-Ho-Hooray for Santa! The 2014 Ottawa and Eastern Ontario parade list is back!

2 November 2014 Happy holidays

Edited to add: Click this link for the 2018 Santa Claus and holiday parade info! Welcome to one of my favourite holiday traditions: the annual round-up of Christmas, Holiday and Santa Claus parades for Ottawa and Eastern Ontario! Can you believe I’ve been doing this for NINE YEARS? I feel a little bit like Costco […]

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