Life in Ottawa

Photos of the day: Apple picking

17 September 2016 Ah, me boys

One of our favourite seasonal markers is our annual trip to a local orchard to pick apples. It looks like it’s been a great growing season, and when we visited last weekend, the boughs were heavy with ripe Lobos, Paula Reds and MacIntosh apples. As usual, we picked more than we could ever eat. Beloved […]

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In which she waxes poetic about the wonders of Pokemon Go

31 July 2016 5 things

So, Pokemon Go. Right? It’s insanely popular. It’s taken over the conversation online, but what’s really stunning is to go to a local park or landmark and see how it really is EVERYWHERE. I have never seen anything like it. As mom to three boys, I know a little bit about Charmander and Squirtle and […]

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Our summer 2016 bucket list for Ottawa family fun

6 July 2016 Ottawa Family Fun

Yay, it’s officially summer! I’ve got a short list of five great activities I’d like to do this summer with the boys, and I thought I’d share in case you needed a little inspiration for planning your Ottawa family fun in the next couple of weeks. It’s a sort of a Bucket List of Ottawa […]

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Photo(s) of the day: An overdue visit to Lansdowne Park

4 July 2016 Ottawa Family Fun

I‘m trying to remember when they opened the new and improved Landsdowne Park. Was it summer 2015? Maybe summer 2014? Regardless, we haven’t had the chance to make our way down there until this past weekend. I have to say, we were impressed. It’s a beautiful, bright and spacious area, and we felt like tourists […]

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Awesome Ottawa family fun: Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Museum of Nature

12 June 2016 Ottawa Family Fun

Did you know the Giganotosaurus, a giant meat-eating dinosaur from the southern hemisphere, was even bigger (and probably meaner!) than the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the so-called “king of the dinosaurs”? The T. Rex lived in North America about 65 million years ago, but the 13m Giganotosaurus roamed near what is now Argentina 95 to 100 million […]

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Photo of the day: Snow day!

18 February 2016 Life in Ottawa

After breaking cold temperature records on the weekend, on Tuesday over half a meter (nearly two feet) of snow fell in about 18 hours, smashing the one-day snowfall record by more than 10 cm. The school boards called not one but two snow days. Not everybody was unhappy with all the snow, though! Is it […]

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Photos of the day: Diefenbunker revisited

15 February 2016 Ottawa Family Fun

We had family in town this weekend and it was just too cold to convince everyone outside for a Winterlude adventure, so we opted for one of Ottawa’s quirkiest family adventures: a visit to the Diefenbunker in Carp. We first visited the Diefenbunker almost exactly two years ago; I remember it was another bitterly cold […]

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Photos of the day: An amazing birthday party at the Ottawa Humane Society

8 February 2016 Lucas

We’ve had a LOT of birthday party experience over the years, from bowling to trampolines to movies to art to Lego. Our new favourite party by far, though, is one hosted at the Ottawa Humane Society. We all love animals, but Lucas has shown a real affinity for them. When he did a school project […]

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Photo(s) of the day: Christmas parades and tree hunting

6 December 2015 Happy holidays

For weeks, I’d kept an eye on the forecast, hoping for just a wee crust of snow to be on the ground for this weekend. Alas, with sunshine and temperatures well above zero, there was not a flake in sight (heh, except maybe the one behind the camera) as we launched our family Christmas season […]

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10th anniversary edition: The 2015 Christmas parade post

8 November 2015 Ottawa Family Fun

Edited to add: Click this link for the 2018 Santa Claus and holiday parade info! Welcome to one of my favourite holiday traditions! 2015 marks TEN YEARS since I’ve been collating and publishing all the Christmas, Holiday and Santa Claus parades for Ottawa and Eastern Ontario and West Quebec. I feel a little bit like […]

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