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The Ottawa Sign In The Byward Market

10 Ottawa Activities to Try on a Visit to Canada’s Capital

Ottawa. Canada’s Capital. The city I grew up in, have a soft spot for - and one of the few places in Canada where I’d happily live again. Every time I go back, I marvel at how vibrant the city has become. How much there is to do. I leave thinking next time I come back I’ll leave time for all the Ottawa activities I'd still like to do - wander the museums I’ve never…

Mer Bleue - A Notable Nature Hot Spot

Mer Bleue: A Notable Nature Hot Spot Near Ottawa

A  bog, a receded continental ice sheet and isostatic rebound: oh.... oh.... this going to be boring. Surprisingly not - read on to learn about Mer Bleue, a nature hot spot just minutes from downtown Ottawa. Leigh and I were greeted at Mer Bleue by the very keen, engaging and knowledgeable Owen Clarkin, Chair of the Conservation Committee of the Ottawa Field Naturalists Club. A tour of Mer Bleue  After our greeting, we ambled a…

The Trail Along The Rideau Canal Is Well Used By Commuters And Carleton University Students

Biking in Ottawa: What You Can See in Just 2 Hours

Have you ever wondered what you could do if you could go biking in Ottawa but you only had two hours? I don't know how many times I've rolled into a city with time to kill but no plan on how to make the most of it. Convention goers and business people in particular can probably relate. In Ottawa, it's an easy problem to solve, especially since biking in Ottawa is a popular activity. Located…

Skating The Rideau Canal In Ottawa

Skating the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

I look at the car thermometer. It reads -14°C without the windchill at 2 PM. Then I look at my husband - and he's got a giant smile plastered all over his face. The one thing he likes to do more than anything else in the world is skate. And one of the best places in the world for skating is the Rideau Canal in Ottawa - also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cold temperatures be damned!…

Cycle On Either Side Of The Canal

35 Fun, Weird and Interesting Facts About Ottawa

I grew up in Ottawa and looking back I feel lucky to have grown up in such a city. Ottawa offers a great mix of culture and recreation. Its home to the National Arts Center which always offers something interesting for the right side of your brain but it's the easy access to the outdoor life where Ottawa really shines. In the winter you can skate on the Rideau Canal or cross-country ski in the Gatineau.…

Skating On Another Visit To The Forks At Dusk

A Guide to the Top 11 Outdoor Skating Rinks in Canada

I grew up skating, left it for almost two decades and rediscovered the joy of skating again this fall- albeit inside on speed skates on the Calgary Oval. But outside is really where I want to be and with that in mind I've researched where I think you'll find 11 of the best outdoor rinks in Canada. Here are what I think are 11 outdoor skating rinks in Canada that are worth a visit. #1…

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