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The Canada Song video


Internet sensation Wilbur Sargunaraj visited Ottawa over the first week of Winterlude and filmed his latest video — The Canada Song — on the Rideau Canal Skateway, in front of Parliament Hill and in the ByWard Market neighbourhood. The result is amazing! Check it out:

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National Aviation Day – February 23, 2011


Snowbird TutorThe Tutor aircraft as it was being raised to the ceiling.There is no better time to celebrate Canada’s rich aviation heritage and contribution to the field of aviation and aerospace than at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on February 23, 2011: National Aviation Day. Learn all about the wonder of flight, from the Silver Dart to the International Space Station. Experience the story of humanity’s ancient dream of flight, and learn about the significant contributions Canadians have made to aviation and space flight from the beginnings of flight in Canada in 1909, to the present day.

February 23 is also the inauguration of the museum’s recently constructed new wing which features a high-tech, multi-purpose auditorium with 250 theatre-quality seats and state-of-the-art classrooms fitted for universal access and equipped with the latest in teaching technologies. In the new grand hall entry check out the spectacular Tutor jet suspended in mid-loop directly overhead, from the world-renowned Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Aerobatics Squadron, a fascinating sight for children and adults alike!

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is easily accessible at the intersection of Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways, just ten minutes east of Parliament Hill.

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Yummy Gooey Goodness!


Children enjoying maple taffy at Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar BushMarch is maple syrup time in Canada’s Capital area, with local sugar bushes boiling down sap and serving up syrup and fun! The Ottawa region is home to many maple syrup operations welcoming guests and groups to discover how the gooey golden syrup is made. Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush near Carleton Place just west of the city offers a wide range of group, student and family educational programs and tours – plus plenty of syrup sampling! Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm – also close to downtown – presents a syrup season Sunday brunch plus free tours, petting farm, wagon rides all centred around its heritage sugar shack.

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Affordable Family Day fun at Ottawa Senators Skills Competition


ottawa-senators-game-credit-ottawa-tourismThe Sens Skills competition won't look like the real game above, but it's still a heck of a lot of fun!Looking for a fun family outing in Ottawa? Check out the annual Ottawa Senators Skills competition, to be held on Family Day, Monday, February 21, 2011 at Scotiabank Place.

“Sens Skills” sees the players compete in the following categories: puck control relay; fastest skater; hardest shot; accuracy shooting; power-play challenge; and breakaway shootout.

Besides the Senators players, there will be 10 minor hockey skaters and two goaltenders from the Ottawa region on the ice. The event has a fun ambiance, with plenty of teasing and ongoing commentary.

And best of all, the tickets are quite affordable, at $15, $12 and $8 (advance sales), available from, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Rideau Centre and Place d’Orleans; at any Ottawa Sports Experts location; Les Galeries de Hull and at the Scotiabank Place box office.

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Even more New Year’s options


I’ve blogged a couple times — here and here – about Christmas and New Year’s activities in the Ottawa region. More and more area establishments are finally posting their menus or their plans for New Year’s Eve, so here’s an update:

  • Heart and Crown pub in the ByWard MarketThe Heart & Crown's outdoor patio is great in the summer, but you'll want to be inside listening to the live bands on New Year's Eve!The Heart & Crown (part of a larger collection of establishments known as the Irish Village) is an iconic Irish pub in the ByWard Market neighbourhood, with two stages for live music — one featuring Evolver, the other Monday’s Grace.

  • Barrymore’s on Bank Street in downtown Ottawa is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash with DJ Perv, starting at $25.
  • If you’ve never seen the Duelling Pianos at Fat Tuesday’s in the ByWard Market, you don’t know what you’re missing! Dave Kalil and Tyler Kealey play old and new favourites and everyone sings along! Great Cajun and Creole food just make it that much more interesting!
  • Lago Bar/Grill/View, with its beautiful view of Dows Lake, offers dinner and dancing in a fun atmosphere. See-and-be-seen!
  • Foodies will love Chef Michael Hay’s five-course tasting menu in the stone-walled Courtyard Restaurant in the ByWard Market. There are both early and late seatings, at $65 per person. A New Year’s Brunch is served on both January 1 and January 2.
  • D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub has several locations in Ottawa, but the downtown flagship at Sparks Street at Elgin Street, is featuring Dustin Jones & the Rising Tide, who promise “Drinking Music you can dance to!” $25 per person includes champagne at midnight, party favours, late night sweets & sandwich buffet and the live band!
  • ZenKitchen dessert samplerThis dessert sampler came from an earlier meal at ZenKitchen but they've got equally good things on tap for New Year's Eve!More foodie fun awaits at ZenKitchen in Ottawa’s Chinatown, with both a smaller 4-course early seating ($55) and 6-course late seating ($75). Why not start the year off right with a delicious, healthy meal?

  • Stella Osteria in the ByWard Market also offers early ($65) and late ($80) seatings.

Happy New Year everyone!

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