Ot­tawa & The Val­ley

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - OAH EDITOR’S NOTE -

On a few oc­ca­sions, I’ve pic­tured my­self as a tour guide and have of­ten thought I would make a re­ally great one! I see my­self sport­ing a head­piece stand­ing at the front of one of those dou­ble-decker busses high­light­ing the lo­cal at­trac­tions. Hon­estly, I think I could get peo­ple all charged up about ev­ery­thing that this city has to of­fer!

Okay, so you won’t find me ac­tu­ally per­form­ing on deck point­ing left and right, but I am go­ing to take on the role of an am­bas­sador for our city with the help of a dy­namic team who went the ex­tra mile to make sure we found in­no­va­tive ways to cel­e­brate sum­mer in the cap­i­tal. As a re­sult, the pages of the sum­mer is­sue of Ot­tawa At Home are brim­ming with the dis­cov­ery of a wealth of at­trac­tions and plenty of rea­sons to play host to vis­it­ing friends and fam­ily.

You’ll also get to know some of the peo­ple be­hind the scenes of Ot­tawa’s boom­ing tourist in­dus­try and find out where the ex­perts take their vis­i­tors. And if you’ve ever won­dered what it’s like to live as di­plo­mats in Ot­tawa, come and meet the Nether­lands Am­bas­sador Wim Geerts and his fam­ily who wel­comed us into their home-away-from-home.

I am al­ways in­ter­ested to learn what out-of-town­ers think of Ot­tawa. So when I heard that a Toronto de­signer, whose work I have cov­eted for years, was han­dling a lo­cal project, I jumped at the chance to in­ter­view her. In “ De­signer at Work”, you can read all about Anna Si­mone and be wowed by her tal­ents!

Go ahead and sali­vate over the stun­ning back­yard cap­tured by Mark Holleron and brought to life by Jane Whit­ing in our out­door liv­ing fea­ture. Feel stylishly in­spired by Araina Bond’s piece which show­cases one of the cap­i­tal’s hippest fam­i­lies, and get in­side the minds of mommy blog­gers as An­drea Dou­glas re­searches this fas­ci­nat­ing phe­nom­e­non.

Hats off to Paula Roy who made sev­eral gor­geous drives in the val­ley to un­earth some gas­tro­nomic de­lights, in ad­di­tion to scout­ing out a per­fect down­town lo­ca­tion to stop for lunch while tour­ing the town. Both Hat­tie Klotz and Korey Kealey check out what the By­Ward Mar­ket has to of­fer – one shops for fur­ni­ture, while the other seeks out fresh, lo­cal as­para­gus.

Fi­nally, it wouldn’t be sum­mer with­out a trip to camp. Cather­ine Clark had fun vis­it­ing Camp Smitty and meet­ing Tom Pa­trick, a for­mer camper turned camp di­rec­tor, at a fa­cil­ity that makes a re­mark­able dif­fer­ence to the lives of many boys and girls.

How­ever you spend your sum­mer, we hope that this is­sue en­cour­ages you to take some time to get to know the world-class tourist des­ti­na­tion that we call home. Even bet­ter if you do it, as Laura Byrne Paquet sug­gests, with eyes wide open!

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