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Canada 2017 is coming

Canada 2017 is coming

Editorial: I’m a boomer and sure remember 1967, Canada’s 100th birthday, particularly Expo 67 in Montreal. I went with my girlfriends and my mother was terrified that we’d be captured into white slavery when using the public washrooms (aside from what we’d catch sitting on the toilet seats). The top song in 1967 was (drumroll) “Canada”. Not “Oh Canada” but a feel good sort of dorky one by the Young Canadian Singers. You can listen to … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: The world’s largest skating rink, Ottawa

Bucket List for Kids: The world’s largest skating rink, Ottawa

The Rideau Canal runs from Canada’s Capital all the way to Kingston on Lake Ontario, 200 km away. During the winter a section of the canal in downtown Ottawa is turned into the Rideau Canal Skateway. This is no ordinary skating rink. It’s more than 7 km in length, which makes it the largest naturally frozen ice rink in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s also very well taken care … Read entire article »

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Ottawa’s Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Ottawa’s Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Just about everyone who lives in Ottawa is familiar with the Central Experimental Farm. It’s hard to miss because it’s a 400-hectare working farm in the middle of the city just 3 km from the Parliament Buildings. Parents (and grandparents) have been going there for decades to pet the farm animals with their kids. And the Farm’s ornamental gardens are the backdrop in many of the region’s wedding photos. Two of the Farm’s plant breeders brought … Read entire article »

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The colours of autumn in Canada’s capital

The colours of autumn in Canada’s capital

Let me take you on a tour of Canada’s capital in the autumn when leaves are turning shades of red, yellow and orange. We’ll hug the Ottawa River as we cross the city of Ottawa from east to west, then take the Champlain Bridge to Gatineau, in the province of Quebec, and travel through Gatineau Park before returning to Ottawa on the Alexander Bridge. It will be a hop-on-hop-off-bus sort of ride, passing many landmarks … Read entire article »

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Indian summer

Indian summer

Editorial: You really should come to my part of the world during an Indian summer. It’s autumn here now in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, a time we often call fall. But it’s warm outside and the light is golden. The September equinox, when day and night are the same length, has passed and the light is slanted. Daylight hours are quickly starting to fade. Indian summer is a heat wave that occurs in the fall between late September … Read entire article »

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