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This is where my brain has been these past couple of weeks: This is where my brain has been as I walked and up down Westboro and West Wellington/Hintonburg (two of my favourite shopping districts in Ottawa!), and this is where my brain was as I spent untold minutes idling in abysmal Merivale Road traffic yesterday. […]

We have a winner! Her name has been posted in the comments below this post. Thanks for your entries everyone. Hope to see you at Tiggy’s store wide sale! Hoo boy. Do I have a great giveaway for Ottawa peeps today. Many of you are already familiar with Fishbowl patron, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s. They’re a […]

We have a winner! Thank you for your entries and interest everyone! FYI, there are still some seats available for the Thanksgiving brunch at the Museum. You can find more information about that right here.  I have two words for you: buffet brunch. I really enjoying taking my family out to a good buffet brunch, […]

I will be writing more about our lovely weekend away soon. In the meantime I will say this: if you’re looking for a place to relax and disconnect and isn’t far from Ottawa, THIS IS IT. – One of my favourite features in Capital Parent Newspaper is my Editor’s Faves column. Basically, I pick three things I […]

09 Sep, 2014

The view from Champlain Lookout

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

On the way home from our trip to see the old ruins we decided to check out another famous landmark in Gatineau Park, the Champlain Lookout. Have you ever been? It’s a must-see if you ever find yourself in the area, as it affords us ordinary mortals a rare bird’s-eye view of a particularly pretty slice […]

The first time, and last time, I visited the ruins of the old mill in Gatineau Park was sometime in the mid-90s. Back then it was still mostly a secret, and not a place that families would necessarily venture out and explore. I’m happy to report that this area has become a lot more mainstream and […]


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