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I hate to say this, but until this moment I’ve never attended the Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light fireworks extravaganza. It seems… disloyal not to have made a point to go to an annual event that is such a cool part of SUMMER in the National Capital Region but for one reason or another, […]

14 Jul, 2017

Rediscovering Gatineau (part 2)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Ottawa|travel talk

In my last post, I wrote about MosaiCanada, a free, must-see exhibition that’s going on right now in Gatineau. After tromping around the park and admiring the sights my group continued our tour of Gatineau through the city core.* If you’re from the Ottawa-Gatineau region you already know that many government workers are employed on […]

Last week I was invited on a daylong media tour of Gatineau.* As I packed up my things and drove to our meeting point, I reflected on my relationship with the city that lies across the river from us. I was a first-year student at Carleton and had just turned 19 when I was first […]

I have to start this post by confessing that I can’t stop calling the Canadian Museum of History by its old name: the Museum of Civilization. The old name is permanently etched into my brain (what can I say, I’m old) but I someday hope to be able to call it by its proper name […]

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 […]


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