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Ottawa is 'the city that fun forgot', 'looks like some tired little Prairie town on its last legs' and is also 'a boring government town' - these were the catchphrases that welcomed me when we moved to Ottawa with my family, not that long ago. Is it really true? Is Ottawa that boring? Maybe you can't call it the the funniest city in the continent but with a lot of walks behind me, I can state that at a certain level it is actually playful. Of course, to catch it you have to be playful too. But If you are open for a little fun the city will play with you too. Let me give you a simple example. Fire Route signs - the last thing you expect to be playful. The shape, typo, sizes etc. are regulated by city by-laws or at the federal level. And still: just around the Drill Hall you can find three different versions of the sign with three different firetruck symbols. (Also a fourth design can be spotted nearby at the Museum of Nature.) Beyond the obvious, that regulations changed and so did the sign, I wonder whether there is a story behind this unusual phenomena? Is there a Secret Association of Fire Truck Lovers (SAFTL), using these signs as a kind of secret map? Or is there a silent official at the municipality who wants to surprise his/her son with a novel sign again and again? Who knows/cares? Just go a little bit further and you can envision a different city, a Fun-Ottawa (sorry: Funtawa) with a Fun Department at City Hall. Its dedicated officials are working together with artists, business owners, kids etc. to make the city more liveable - more loveable. No need for expensive event halls, million dollar strategies - all you need is to play!
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A huge thanks for those who helped me to find 'the' story behind the different fire route signs (it seems there is no story, but still) : Michael, City of Ottawa, Lynne, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Pierre, Transport Canada, last but not least David, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada.
Ottawa is 'the city that fun forgot', 'looks like some tired little Prairie town on its last legs' and is also 'a boring government town' - these were the catchphrases that welcomed me when we moved to Ottawa with my family, not that long ago. Is it really true? Is Ottawa that boring? Maybe you can't call it the the funniest city in the continent but with a lot of walks behind me, I can state that at a certain level it is actually playful. Of course, to catch it you have to be playful too. But If you are open for a little fun the city will play with you too. Let me give you a simple example. Fire Route signs - the last thing you expect to be playful. The shape, typo, sizes etc. are regulated by city by-laws or at the federal level. And still: just around the Drill Hall you can find three different versions of the sign with three different firetruck symbols. (Also a fourth design can be spotted nearby at the Museum of Nature.) Beyond the obvious, that regulations changed and so did the sign, I wonder whether there is a story behind this unusual phenomena? Is there a Secret Association of Fire Truck Lovers (SAFTL), using these signs as a kind of secret map? Or is there a silent official at the municipality who wants to surprise his/her son with a novel sign again and again? Who knows/cares? Just go a little bit further and you can envision a different city, a Fun-Ottawa (sorry: Funtawa) with a Fun Department at City Hall. Its dedicated officials are working together with artists, business owners, kids etc. to make the city more liveable - more loveable. No need for expensive event halls, million dollar strategies - all you need is to play! . A huge thanks for those who helped me to find 'the' story behind the different fire route signs (it seems there is no story, but still) : Michael, City of Ottawa, Lynne, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Pierre, Transport Canada, last but not least David, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada.
Yasss! Now that the sun is out again, grab your friends and go adventure! 🌞
📸:@lara_marylyn .
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#adventure #explorecanada #exploreottawa #explore #nature #waterfall #swim #ottawa #myottawa #ottawaigers #ottawalife #ottawawandering #ottawaviews
Come join us at the reach the beach party! Its gonna be lit! ⛱🌊
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#reachthebeach #ottawa #myottawa #party #ottawaparty #beach #petrieisland #ottawawandering
This drink though🌸😍 Check out our "drinks" highlight for more awesome drinks around the city!
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#atariottawa #drinks #cocktails #cocktailporn #cottoncandy #pink #esthetic #fancy #alcohol #bar #patio #ottawa #byward #bywardmarket #downtownottawa #downtown #myOttawa #ottawaigers #ottawalife #ottawadrinks #ottawawandering
Thanks to our donor Shoppers Barrhaven @beauty_boutique643 for the donation of an amazing gift basket to our #silentauction! 👏🏼👏🏼You can check it out on July 4, at Sala San Marco. 🎟 Tickets are going fast! You don’t want to miss this fun #fundraisingevent in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation. Buy here 2018allthatjazz.wixsite.com/whoopee

#2018allthatjazz #jazznight #jazzevent #jazzottawa #ottawajazz #fundraisinggala #jazz #ottawaevents #ottawawandering #childrenswishfoundation #algonquincollege
Thanks to our donor Shoppers Barrhaven @beauty_boutique643 for the donation of an amazing gift basket to our #silentauction ! 👏🏼👏🏼You can check it out on July 4, at Sala San Marco. 🎟 Tickets are going fast! You don’t want to miss this fun #fundraisingevent  in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation. Buy here 2018allthatjazz.wixsite.com/whoopee #2018allthatjazz  #jazznight  #jazzevent  #jazzottawa  #ottawajazz  #fundraisinggala  #jazz  #ottawaevents  #ottawawandering  #childrenswishfoundation  #algonquincollege 
Looks like the sun is finally back! ☀️ Take a walk in confederation park and enjoy the blooming trees! 🌸
📸:@casemo7 .
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#confederationpark #trees #bloomimg #flowers #pink #pretty #beautiful #nature #explore #walk #takeawalk #canada #narcityottawa #naturephotography #sun #sunny #ottawa #downtown #ottawalife #ottawaigers #myottawa #ottawawandering
Since patio season is here... let's talk about the AMAZING views from this patio floating on the water! That's right! This restaurant will serve you a cold one while chilling on the river 🍻 Best part... is this gem is located in Ottawa! 🙌 Anyone know what it's called? 😉
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📸:@dhmphotography .
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#fallinaflash #ottawariver #boathouse #boathouserestaurant #patio #patioseason #beauty #drinks #ottawa #myottawa #restaurant #ottawafoodies #ottawapatios #ottawaigers #ottawalife #ottawawandering
Since patio season is here... let's talk about the AMAZING views from this patio floating on the water! That's right! This restaurant will serve you a cold one while chilling on the river 🍻 Best part... is this gem is located in Ottawa! 🙌 Anyone know what it's called? 😉 . . 📸:@dhmphotography . . #fallinaflash  #ottawariver  #boathouse  #boathouserestaurant  #patio  #patioseason  #beauty  #drinks  #ottawa  #myottawa  #restaurant  #ottawafoodies  #ottawapatios  #ottawaigers  #ottawalife  #ottawawandering 
What to do on a rainy day like today? 🤔🌧 How about signing up for terrarium workshops! 🌱🌵💚
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Check out their site to book some dates for you and some friends!
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📸:@theurbanbotanist .
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#theurbanbotanist #terrarium #plants #cute #nature #workshop #plantworkshop #ottawa #ottawafun #ottawalife #ottawaigers #myOttawa #ottawawandering
Glow fest is kicking off today!Who's joining the block party this weekend?🎉 What are some of things you guys are excited for about glowfair?✨
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#glowfair #glowfairfestival #glowfair2018 #party #outdoorparty #blockparty #ottawa #myottawa #ottawalife #ottawaparty #ottawawandering
Visiting Remic Rapids has GOT to be on your summer bucket list! Such a beautiful and peaceful place to visit during the summer. Who's already been? Tag a friend to share this blissful experience with them! And why not return? The statues change every year!
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📸:@pjm987xx .
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#ottawa #loveottawa #ottawaweather #remicrapids #statues #rock #river #sunset #photography #beautiful #bucketlist #mustdo #explore #exploreottawa #explorecanada #narcityottawa #myOttawa #mycity #ottawalife #ottawaigers  #ottawawandering
Visiting Remic Rapids has GOT to be on your summer bucket list! Such a beautiful and peaceful place to visit during the summer. Who's already been? Tag a friend to share this blissful experience with them! And why not return? The statues change every year! . . 📸:@pjm987xx . . . . #ottawa  #loveottawa  #ottawaweather  #remicrapids  #statues  #rock  #river  #sunset  #photography  #beautiful  #bucketlist  #mustdo  #explore  #exploreottawa  #explorecanada  #narcityottawa  #myOttawa  #mycity  #ottawalife  #ottawaigers  #ottawawandering 
#Sandyhill @allsaints_ottawa #dogwalks #ottawawandering
Looking for something to do this week? How about taking a drive to Calabogie and hiking up to the infamous eagles nest lookout! 🏔
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📸:@loremoralesma -  Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.
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#eaglesnestlookout #hiking #quebec #calabougie #hike #follow #mountail #trail #cliff #nature #funthings #ottawa #ottawafun #ottawahikes #ottawaigers #ottawalife #myottawa #ottawawandering
Coffee Break!
The weather has been incredible lately and @jkscarlato and I decided to check out the new @OttawaArtGallery . Its beautifully laid out with changing exhibits, an outdoor patio, and a unique bar and coffee shop. The bar @jacksondrinkeat had some delicious speciality cocktails and great coffee. Jess and I made a video teaser, check it out!

Song: 
Faster Car by Loving Caliber [Epidemic Sounds]
Coffee Break! The weather has been incredible lately and @jkscarlato and I decided to check out the new @OttawaArtGallery . Its beautifully laid out with changing exhibits, an outdoor patio, and a unique bar and coffee shop. The bar @jacksondrinkeat had some delicious speciality cocktails and great coffee. Jess and I made a video teaser, check it out! Song: Faster Car by Loving Caliber [Epidemic Sounds]
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Check out their new summer drink list! 😍🍹 @commoneatery
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. 📸:@fckyeahphil -  This was absolutely delicious
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#cocktailporn #datenight #foodie #ottawa #drinks #ottawadrinks #cocktails #ottawacocktails #foodie #ottawa #commoneatery #drinksup #summer #summermenu #ottawa #myottawa #ottawaigers #ottawalife #ottawafoodies #ottawawandering
Want to have some jail time experience? This hostel was originally the Ottawa Jail built in 1862 until it closed in 1972 and eventually converted into what it is now. Would you dare spend a night here? 👀
📸:@theradicalc .
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#doorsopenottawa #cityofottawa #facesottawa #narcityottawa #narcitycanada #ottawatourism #myottawa #igersottawa #hypeottawa #ottawaphoto #mycanadianphotos #thebestofcanada #pocket_canada #raw_community #jailhostel #picoftheday #sharecangeo #tv_leadinglines #ig_ometry #tunnelvision #ottawawandering #cbcottawa #ottawamagazine #instagramhub #ottawa
Want to have some jail time experience? This hostel was originally the Ottawa Jail built in 1862 until it closed in 1972 and eventually converted into what it is now. Would you dare spend a night here? 👀 📸:@theradicalc . . . . #doorsopenottawa  #cityofottawa  #facesottawa  #narcityottawa  #narcitycanada  #ottawatourism  #myottawa  #igersottawa  #hypeottawa  #ottawaphoto  #mycanadianphotos  #thebestofcanada  #pocket_canada  #raw_community  #jailhostel  #picoftheday  #sharecangeo  #tv_leadinglines  #ig_ometry  #tunnelvision  #ottawawandering  #cbcottawa  #ottawamagazine  #instagramhub  #ottawa 
Latin sparksfest is happening TONIGHT! Who's joining the party? 🎶💃 Tag your friends and bring them along!
📸:@djdannyaldana -  @latinsparksfestival .
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#dj #tbt #latinsparks #latinsparksfestival #montreal #canada #ottawa #gatineau #festival #latino #latino #sparksfestival #party #myottawa #myOttawa #festivalseason #festival #ottawalife #ottawaparty #ottawaigers #ottawawandering
Pure Kitchen has got some new items on their menu, just in time for summer! 😍🤤
📸:@purekitchenottawa -  This warm weather just got a little tastier! Our NEW SUMMER MENU launches today! Your classic faves like the Radical cauliflower wings, Liberty wrap, Fantastic bowl and Transformed Kale Caesar salad are here to stay - but there are some incredible new items and changes to try! Like this Tempeh Bulgogi sandwich 😍💕 Tag your PK loving friends - we can’t wait to share these new items with you!
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#purelife2018 #purekitchenottawa #pk #vegan #veganfood #ottawavegan #purekitchen #summer #menu #summermenu #food #foodie #ottawa #ottawafoodies #ottawafood #ottawarestaurants #myottawa #ottawawandering
Pure Kitchen has got some new items on their menu, just in time for summer! 😍🤤 📸:@purekitchenottawa - This warm weather just got a little tastier! Our NEW SUMMER MENU launches today! Your classic faves like the Radical cauliflower wings, Liberty wrap, Fantastic bowl and Transformed Kale Caesar salad are here to stay - but there are some incredible new items and changes to try! Like this Tempeh Bulgogi sandwich 😍💕 Tag your PK loving friends - we can’t wait to share these new items with you! . . . . #purelife2018  #purekitchenottawa  #pk  #vegan  #veganfood  #ottawavegan  #purekitchen  #summer  #menu  #summermenu  #food  #foodie  #ottawa  #ottawafoodies  #ottawafood  #ottawarestaurants  #myottawa  #ottawawandering 
One last pic of @avspacemuseum from #doorsopenottawa
Join everyone at the hill today at noon for some yoga! 🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️
📸:@pindsy
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#yogaonthehill #myottawa #yoga #freeyoga #freeevent #freeevents #wednesday #ottawa #parliament #parliamenthill #ottawayoga #narcityottawa #ottawafun #ottawaigers #ottawaevent #summerevent #summer #ottawawandering
New flavour!🍍🤤😛
📸:@mooshuicecream -  This hot weather has us churning out summer vibes. New scoop on the block is Vegan Pineapple. Sweet, funky with a tangy start, the pineappliness comes in waves like this heat. It's made with our homemade pumpkin seed milk giving Vegan Pineapple its pretty pale green colour.
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#Ottawa #icecreamfromscratch #triplescoop #veganicecream #dairyfreemilk #altmilk #dairyfreeicecream #pineappleicecream #myOttawa #icecreamcup #613vegan #vegan613 #MooShuIceCream #icecreamweather #icecreameverything #icecreamdate #ottawawandering
New flavour!🍍🤤😛 📸:@mooshuicecream - This hot weather has us churning out summer vibes. New scoop on the block is Vegan Pineapple. Sweet, funky with a tangy start, the pineappliness comes in waves like this heat. It's made with our homemade pumpkin seed milk giving Vegan Pineapple its pretty pale green colour. . . #Ottawa  #icecreamfromscratch  #triplescoop  #veganicecream  #dairyfreemilk  #altmilk  #dairyfreeicecream  #pineappleicecream  #myOttawa  #icecreamcup  #613vegan  #vegan613  #MooShuIceCream  #icecreamweather  #icecreameverything  #icecreamdate  #ottawawandering 
Jail Hostel

Would you dare to sleep a night 'in jail'? ***************************************
#DOO2018Contest @cityofottawa 
#myottawa #igersottawa #Explorecanada #discoverON #ottawadowntown #ottawaphoto #DoorsOpenOttawa2018 #ottawawandering #hitravels #hicanada #narcitycanada #narcityottawa #nationalcapitalregion #travelphotography #traveler #viarail #ottcity #cityscape #sharecangeo #livingtheottawalife @ottawacitizen @hiottawajail @ottawatourism
Want to spend some jail time experience? This hostel was originally the Ottawa Jail built in 1862 until it closed in 1972 and eventually converted into what it is now.
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#doo2018contest #doorsopenottawa #cityofottawa #facesottawa #narcityottawa #narcitycanada #ottawatourism #myottawa #igersottawa #hypeottawa #ottawaphoto #mycanadianphotos #thebestofcanada #pocket_canada #raw_community #jailhostel #picoftheday #sharecangeo #tv_leadinglines #ig_ometry #tunnelvision #ottawawandering #cbcottawa #ottawamagazine #instagramhub
Want to spend some jail time experience? This hostel was originally the Ottawa Jail built in 1862 until it closed in 1972 and eventually converted into what it is now. . . . #doo2018contest  #doorsopenottawa  #cityofottawa  #facesottawa  #narcityottawa  #narcitycanada  #ottawatourism  #myottawa  #igersottawa  #hypeottawa  #ottawaphoto  #mycanadianphotos  #thebestofcanada  #pocket_canada  #raw_community  #jailhostel  #picoftheday  #sharecangeo  #tv_leadinglines  #ig_ometry  #tunnelvision  #ottawawandering  #cbcottawa  #ottawamagazine  #instagramhub 
✨Good afternoon, guys and dolls! Have you been getting as excited about the entertainment lineup for the @childrenswishnc gala on July 4th as we have?! The talented acts are going to blow you away!!🎷🎺Event details and ticket details can now be found on our website, by clicking the link in @2018allthatjazz ‘s profile, or by copying the link below into your browser: https://2018allthatjazz.wixsite.com/whoopee 🎟 
#ottevents #ottawaevents #ottawahappenings #ottawawandering
✨Good afternoon, guys and dolls! Have you been getting as excited about the entertainment lineup for the @childrenswishnc gala on July 4th as we have?! The talented acts are going to blow you away!!🎷🎺Event details and ticket details can now be found on our website, by clicking the link in @2018allthatjazz ‘s profile, or by copying the link below into your browser: https://2018allthatjazz.wixsite.com/whoopee 🎟 #ottevents  #ottawaevents  #ottawahappenings  #ottawawandering 
'You can't buy happiness but you can buy a bike, and that's pretty close!' 🚲 ***********************************************
🚴Biking in Ottawa on a beautiful sunny day 🚴‍♀️ #myottawa #igersottawa #outdoorphotography #pleinair #biking #cycling #waterfront #parkscanada #ottawamagazine #lovebiking #happyride #cyclist #explorecanada #discoverON #travelphotography #aroundtheworld #weekend #Saturdayfun #landscape #narcitycanada #sharecangeo #narcityottawa #ottawadowntown #lifestyle #keepexploring #wanderlust #wheel #getoutside #ottawawandering #adventurebybike
'You can't buy happiness but you can buy a bike, and that's pretty close!' 🚲 *********************************************** 🚴Biking in Ottawa on a beautiful sunny day 🚴‍♀️ #myottawa  #igersottawa  #outdoorphotography  #pleinair  #biking  #cycling  #waterfront  #parkscanada  #ottawamagazine  #lovebiking  #happyride  #cyclist  #explorecanada  #discoverON  #travelphotography  #aroundtheworld  #weekend  #Saturdayfun  #landscape  #narcitycanada  #sharecangeo  #narcityottawa  #ottawadowntown  #lifestyle  #keepexploring  #wanderlust  #wheel  #getoutside  #ottawawandering  #adventurebybike