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15 Mar, 2012

Cheep, er, CHEAP fun in Ottawa

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|Multimedia experiments

CBC radio aired a sweet little piece in which I revealed one of my family’s favourite activities here in Ottawa. Can you guess what it is? :)

Jack Pine Trail


Chickadee at Jack Pine Trail, Ottawa

You can listen to the segment right here.

Thanks CBC, for letting me share this little gem with you!

5 Responses to "Cheep, er, CHEAP fun in Ottawa"

1 | Chantal

March 15th, 2012 at 11:49 am


stop telling people about our wonderful little ~secret~ spot!!! ;) (just kidding! great segment, you sounded great!)

2 | alison

March 15th, 2012 at 12:20 pm


Sadly, I can’t get it to play. :( But I recognize the place and the activity! It looks like the Jack Pine Trail (or the Lime Kiln trail) in the Greenbelt. It’s one of our favourite activities for fall, winter and spring. We find that the chickadees are picky little eaters, and after our first foray when they knocked all of the seeds except the sunflower seeds out of our hands, we learned to go to Bulk Barn and buy a couple of dollars worth of black oil sunflower seeds.

Here’s our last trip: http://www.itsjustapie.blogspot.com/2012/02/thank-you-come-again.html

3 | andrea

March 15th, 2012 at 12:39 pm


Chantal: I’m so sorry! This one is too good not to share!

Allison: I tried the link and it worked for me. It just took a minute to load. And your’e right, it’s Jack Pine Trail! Amazingly, these guys ate peanuts too. They must be hungry!

4 | alison

March 15th, 2012 at 12:54 pm


I tried the link again, and waited, but no joy. Perhaps it’s the firewall at work. How cool that the chickadees ate peanuts! I imagine that a peanut would provide a lot of fuel for those little guys. It always surprises me how light they are — if it weren’t for the slight pricking of their feet on your hand, you wouldn’t feel them at all, they are practically weightless.

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