15 Aug, 2009
Park Omega in Montebello: one of my fave destinations for a family road trip
Not to get all braggy or anything, but have I told you recently how much I love my SavvyMom gig? Not only do I get to work with great people, but my assignments give me the opportunity to explore some very cool, family-friendly fun in the Ottawa area AND stretch my creative muscle too. Is that awesome or what?
My most recent piece was about Le Parc Oméga/Park Omega. You can read it here.
I love Park Omega. Scratch that. I adore it. We visit every year, faithfully bringing bags of carrots to a legion of waiting critters. We never leave without (a) busting a gut laughing (b) seeing something really interesting and memorable, and (c) getting slobbered on by giant ungulates who try to stick their giant heads in our tiny car.
I enjoy our visits to Park Omega so much that I tend to talk it up a lot to local Ottawa moms.
“Have you ever been to Park Omega?” I’d ask. There is almost always a momentary blank look, followed by a slow-coming realization.
“Ummmm, no. Is that the place where you drive and look at the animals?”
Many of us here in Ottawa are transplants from the Toronto area. That’s why it doesn’t surprise me that there’s an automatic association made to African Lion Safari once I mention Park Omega.
If you grew up in the Toronto area you probably remember the commercial:
But I am here to say that Park Omega is not like African Lion Safari. In fact, the only thing they have in common is the fact that (a) there are animals and (b) you’re in your car.
If you’re read the SavvyMom article you’ll learn pretty much everything there is to know about making a trip to this awesome place, but I do want to stress this point:
DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR CAMERA.
It’s the best photo-op you’ll get all summer and your kids will remember it forever.
I had a lot of trouble picking one photo to represent our trip, so I just threw a bunch up in my Flickr. I think it’ll give you a good idea of what Park Omega is all about. :)