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Posts Tagged ‘Gatineau

10 Aug, 2021

Wedding anniversaries and pandemics

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

A few weeks ago I was on the Canadian Museum of History website, trying to book a ticket for the Queens of Egypt* exhibition. Every day I selected had exactly zero tickets available, that is, until I hit Saturday August 7 at 3:00 p.m. I nabbed two and let Mark know that I’d been successful. […]

Mark’s birthday was in September and we commemorated the occasion with a great bike ride… to Aylmer, QC. Some of you might remember a bike ride we undertook last summer. Frankly, I amazed myself. We biked to Stittsville and back to Westboro and LIVED. But this was not that. The bike route to Aylmer from […]

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 […]


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