Medieval Festival comes to Upper Canada Village

On the sprawling field behind a quaint village on the banks of the St. Lawrence, a wooden lance shatters into a dozen pieces, sending a knight flying off his horse and onto the grass below.  The spectators groan in sympathy.

This past weekend, the Medieval Festival set up camp at the far end of Upper Canada Village. It was an odd clash of time periods to be sure, but definitely a summer experience not to miss. I’ve always loved coming to this beautifully recreated 1800s village,...

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Winter festivities in Ottawa go beyond just New Years

Winter in Canada can seem unbearably long and miserable if you don’t find something fun to do in the outdoors. Although I’ve always loved skiing and skating, I’ve never properly taken advantage of all the different winter festivals and activities that happen throughout those cold snowy months.

This year, for the first time, my friend and I went to the Governor General’s Winter Celebration in Ottawa. It was as though mother nature decided to let us have our day in the snow —...

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Downhill and Cross-country Skiing in the Ottawa Valley

Cross-country skiing in Gatineau Park in Ottawa

Ottawa is not a ski resort town by any stretch of the imagination but it still has a lot to offer for lovers of the outdoors. Winter in Canada can last anywhere from 3-5 months, depending on how much it snows. If you’re not taking advantage of all that snow to get out and enjoy winter then you might as well just hibernate for the duration of the season.

I have been doing cross-country for almost a decade, and downhill for a couple of years now. Cross-country skiing, as opposed to...

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Spring Blooms at Ottawa’s Tulip Festival

Ottawa Tulip Festival

You know that spring has finally arrived when the tulips along Ottawa’s Rideau Canal are in full bloom. Canadian spring is usually a finicky season that teeters on the dividing line between winter and summer, like a cat in front of an open door who can’t decide whether to go outside or not. Every year in May, Ottawa holds the Canadian Tulip Festival, painting the city in warm vivid colours with thousands of tulips and daffodils.

This festival is the biggest of its kind and was first...

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Taking a Shower in the Niagara Falls

Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls

Over a dozen people have voluntarily gone over the Niagara Falls in everything from barrels to jet skis — and quite a few actually made it out alive! There is something very magnetic about these majestic falls that draw in not only daredevils but also millions of visitors each year. The Niagara Falls may not be the tallest waterfall in the world but it is definitely an intimidating show of nature’s power.

The Niagara Falls are actually composed of three falls, two on the American...

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