Cityscape

Winterlude: My First #Instameet

This past weekend marked the opening of Winterlude, Ottawa’s annual winter carnival. The two week event showcases everything the city has to offer during the coldest months and how Canadian’s embrace Old Man Winter with open arms.

Here’s my new friend @littlemissottawa doing what she does best. If you want to know about anything that goes on in this town, give her a follow.

Rideau Canal at Winterlude

To mark the opening of the event, Ottawa Tourism hosted an Instagram meetup for local Instagrammers… of which I am one, and you’re welcome to follow me here. And since the vast majority of you reading this don’t live here, we left the Tourism office at 1pm and the temp was -31 degrees celcius. Try to tell me we’re not a dedicated group. Also joining us for the day were two HUGE Instagram superstars, Australian travel phogographer¬†Lauren Bath; and Kael (aka @punkodelish) of Ottawa, and now Toronto. Here’s Lauren capturing Kael as she enjoys some tasty treats on the Canal skateway.

punkodelish & Lauren Bath

That’s right, the gloves still come off at -31 Celcius; These are some touch ladies.

We spent the afternoon walking along the Rideau Canal as thousands of people skated past, marvelled at the amazing display of ice sculptures in the Ice Crystal Garden, watched lumberjack demonstrations, drank maple tea and ate maple toffee, and listened to some fantastic live traditional Irish music.

Winterlude 2015

Since I don’t get out as much as I’d like to shoot, I’m going to spread the images I captured over the next couple of weeks, but I hope to get back out with my family a couple times before it ends.

 

Apple Picking

The season has long since passed, but a fun and popular activity for us Canucks is to go apple picking in late fall.

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There are probably more than two, but I have learned of two popular orchards outside of Ottawa – Mountain Apple Orchard, and Cannamore Apple Orchard. We chose to visit the latter.

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In addition to apples, Cannamore also grows pumpkins, raspberries, and they produce honey.

Though it was a large fall day, it was unseasonably hot, but with all the apples you can eat, mazes, go carts, and other activities, the kids didn’t seem to mind one bit.

After some hard playing and a good lunch, we relaxed by taking a couple of different tractor rides through the farm and learning about everything they do.

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This was one of our tour guides, but unfortunately I don’t remember his name. Here, he was telling us about the many thousands of bees they house, which are absolutely crucial to these farmers for their pollination.

To close out the post, I thought I’d add a picture of our friend’s cute daughter, and a barn that looked interesting at the time.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

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Thank You Ottawa Tourism!

As I mentioned previously, I was Ottawa Tourism’s tour guide last week as I took their Instagram followers to some of my favorite spots around the city. I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to participate in their #MyOttawa project, and I am grateful for the opportunity. There really is SO much to love about this city and I feel like I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.

The other surprise I received from this experience was learning that the image below was selected as their Instagram image of the week, garnering the highest number of likes on their account. I’m so thrilled, but more importantly, I’m so happy that people enjoyed the tour. This image was taken while on the move, as I cycled through my favorite spot along the Rideau Canal.

Rideau Canal Cycling

 

So, if you find yourself in the Nation’s Capital sometime, I encourage you to visity Ottawa Tourism’s micro site¬†myottawa.ottawatourism.ca, to help you plan your stay. Of course, you can always ask to meet up with me and let me show you around, but I think my new friends at Ottawa Tourism may be the experts.

And, if you’re interested, here’s a recap of the other images I posted on their Instagram feed for the week…

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