A Most Festive Evening at Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village is a well oiled machine when it comes to celebrating the holidays. Their Halloween event ‘Pumpkinferno’ is spectacular, and similarly, their Christmas celebration ‘Alight at Night’ is one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday season. It’s Worth the Drive…

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Christmas Tree

You may opt for the artificial, and I can respect that, but my family will always have a real Christmas tree. Back when we lived in Vancouver we always bought a live Christmas tree, even when we were in an apartment and I’m pretty sure live trees were…

Feeling Festive in the Friendly Town of Manotick

One of my favourite things about living in Ottawa is all of the lovely, historical small towns nearby. Manotick is one of those towns, just a short drive away from the city. Along the Rideau Canal, Manotick is picturesque with a number of historical buildings including the old Watson&#8217…

Stop And Go At The Gift of Lights

It’s a brand new holiday attraction here in Ottawa, and The Gift of Lights isn’t going unnoticed. The two kilometre long drive thru holiday light display opened last weekend, and the visitors have been showing up in droves. Show Them the Money The Gift of Lights…

An Old Fashioned Christmas in Cumberland

It’s a holiday scene from a much simpler time. White lights, a horse drawn wagon, carollers singing and telegraph messages to Santa are just some of what the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum has to offer at Christmas. So Close, and Yet So Far My family and I attended…

Photos With Santa: A Rite of Passage

Year after year we do it to our kids, heck, our parents did it to us. Now it’s that time of year again…time for photos with Santa. Last year my daughter (then 8 months old) was traumatized by sitting on Santa’s knee. My son…

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Christmas is still weeks away but the holiday parades are already upon us. The twinkling lights, colourful floats, merry music and of course the big guy, Santa Claus himself, will all be out in full force. There are a number of parades going on both in the city of Ottawa…

Uncovering New Adventures at the Museum of Nature

There’s something wonderful about walking into the Museum of Nature. It’s a stunning, castle-like building right in the heart of downtown Ottawa. The variety of the exhibits mean there is something for visitors of every age to enjoy. Memberships Pay Off Since we moved to…

Masters of Aviation

I recently visited the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum with my kids.. I’m always surprised (and pleased) by how quiet it is there, particularly on the week days. We went on a Wednesday morning and we basically had the whole place to ourselves. It is an impressive and…

A Sunny Morning at Mer Bleue Bog

It was a gorgeous, sunny November morning and I was determined to get the kids outside and make the most of it. I was looking to explore somewhere new, so I bundled everyone up and headed out in search of the Mer Bleue Bog trail. The trail is just minutes…