I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make my way to Toronto – Canada’s most populated city and the provincial capital of Ontario. This expansive city is located in a warmer area of the country, on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario.  We noticed the warmer climate right away;  Toronto was a good 4-5 degrees warmer than Ottawa during our visit. Toronto has been around since the 18th […]

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There is a little town along the Rideau Canal, about an hour from Ottawa, that really lives up to its reputation and tag line: Aged to Perfection.  This little Ontario town – Perth – is a favourite day trip getaway for those of us living in our Nation’s Capital.   Perth offers a lovely scenic stroll even when, as on our last visit, it is the end of winter (or very […]

When I first heard about WOOFSTOCK I was only a year old.  It sounded like a lot of fun and I really wanted to go! Yet somehow year after year we did not attend.  In 2011, Mom was on a business trip.  In 2012 we were about to leave on a month long adventure, and two trips back-to-back were not financially possible. In 2013 the bipeds got sick… […]

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There is nothing better than out of town guests to make you try some touristy “stuff” in your own city and see your home turf with fresh eyes.  I discovered this when Brad visited, when Suzanne visited and again more recently when Marlene, Stewart, Cocopuff and Dusty came for a visit all the way up from Texas (more on that later). I will never understand why Ottawa is […]

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In early June, we had the immense pleasure of welcoming Boomeresque blogger, Suzanne, into our home. She had been attending the TBEX conference in Toronto and then had spent some time in Kingston, Ontario when she then decided to come to Ottawa and visit us rather than turn back on her heals and return to Toronto. We are so glad we invited her to stay. As you know, […]

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A few weekends ago, the bipeds decided it was high time we discovered another local gem.  We have a big trip coming up this summer but July still feels so far in the future; we felt the need to explore now! We had no real plan. We decided we would just drive out toward Wakefield and see what we could find. We would have a light lunch at […]

Pet Friendly Hog’s Back Park and Falls - Ottawa, Ontario

Some of the gems in our area are well known; Rideau Falls and the Rideau Canal are good examples. The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO world heritage site, so it gets lots of publicity. Rideau Falls is seen by every tourist who takes the Ottawa River boat tour.  But there are lesser known areas along the Rideau River that are truly spectacular and worth a little visit if […]

Visiting Manotick With a Dog - Ontario, Canada

The fall colours are out and it is with a fond farewell to summer that I present to you the last of my local summer jaunts. Reminiscing is a great part of travel, even if that adventure is very close to home. Recall the smells and sounds of summer and think back to crickets, warm breezes, the smell of dry hay in the air, and sticky fur from spilled gelato … that is […]