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A bit about a family hike to Pink Lake in the Gatineau Hills.

A bit about our family hike up the Lusk Falls trail in Gatineau, Quebec. Gorgeousness.

I’m thinking of you as I write this Lynn. :) If you hate camping you will want to make it easier on yourself. And by “make it easier” I mean: choose car camping over canoe camping book a spot near a comfort station for only a few nights and bring inflatable mattresses and as many […]

16 Jun, 2011

A walk to remember

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

A bit about our family hike around Shirley’s Bay in Ottawa

01 May, 2011

Back to Trail #26

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

Checking out Trail 26 here in Ottawa, one of a series of NCC trails in the Stony Swamp Conservation Area. It’s a lovely (and easy!) hike to do with kids. As a bonus, you might encounter some wild friends. :)


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