• Ladies and gentlemen,

    About one month ago, I decided to spend one weekend in Montreal to assist a game between Montreal Impact FC and FC Cincinnati, an intrasquad scrimmage of the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre and a concert of Battle Beast, Sonata Arctica and Kamelot at Soda Club. I also managed to try out several pubs and restaurants I had never been to before. The weather was great as well and I had an excellent stay in a cozy hotel room. Overall, it was one of the most beautiful weekends I have ever spent in Montreal and I'm looking forward to returning there again soon.

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Vegan campaign at Berri-UQAM metro station

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine House

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Montreal Impact FC lost 0-1 against FC Cincinnati

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Olympic Stadium in Montreal

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    L'amère à boire

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Le Saint Bock

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Saunt-Houblon

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    View of downtown Montreal

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Next to Bell Centre in Montreal

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Montreal Canadiens intrasquad scrimmage

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Warm-up session at Bell Centre

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Face-off seen from afar

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Close-up of another face-off

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Celebrations at the end of the game

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Bell Centre as seen from the outside

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Brutopia

    Late summer weekend in Montreal

    Sota B.B.Q. Korean restaurant

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  •  Ladies and gentlemen!

    I had three different sets of visitors in only three weeks from late August to mid-September. After my friend Jean Daniel's visit and a wonderful prolonged weekend with my parents, it was then the turn of my dear friend Charles to pass by. We spent one wonderful day in Aylmer and the next one in Ottawa. The weather was great and the atmosphere was really relaxed. We didn't visit much but decided to hike, eat and drink peacefully. Our wonderful weekend gave me the opportunities to spend quality time with a friend while finding some time to relax.

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     Breakfast at Eggspectation in Ottawa

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     Charles in front of a building on Lisgar Street

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     This beautiful marmot can't read!

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     Canadian Tribute to Human Rights

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     Charles on the backside of Ottawa City Hall

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     Charles in front of Fire Fighters Monument in Ottawa

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     Charles next to a monument beside National Arts Centre in Ottawa

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     Charles next to Yousuf Karsh Statue in front of Hotel Fairmont Château Laurier

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     Charles takes a break next to Lord Stanley's Gift Monument

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     Charles in front of Ottawa Tourism office

    Fin de semaine à Gatineau et Ottawa avec Charles

     My friend Charles in front of the excellent Genji Japanese restaurant

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  •  Dear readers!

    It doesn't happen very often that my dear parents come to visit Canada and spend some time with me. We had an amazing time four years earlier but the prolonged weekend we spent together in late August and early September of this year was absolutely amazing. We visisted Wakefield, Chelsea and Gatineau in Quebec as well as Arnprior, Smiths Falls and Ottawa in Ontario. We had a great time together and I'm already looking forward to meeting my parents again in December and January.

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     Hotel Fairmont Château Laurier

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     Dam in downtown Smiths Falls

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     Centennial Park in Smiths Falls

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My father in front of Smiths Falls Water Tower

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     One of numerous colourful birds on Turtle Island in Smiths Falls

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My parents in front of  a lock in Smiths Falls

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

    My parents on a gigantic chair next to Parks Canada administration building in Smiths Falls 

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My father is exploring Smiths Falls

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     View of a boat entering one of Smiths Falls' locks

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My mother at Daniel McLachlin Park and Bell Tower in Arnprior

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My parents in front of the place where the Madawaska River flows into the Ottawa River

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     Arnprior and District Museum

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     Downtown Ottawa on a sunny September morning

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My parents at Dunn-D's Mini-Putt in Chelsea

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My father took as many pictures as I did of this wonderful place

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

    My father next to old railway tracks in Wakefield 

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My parents on a bridge in Wakefield

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

    My parents at the entrance to Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park 

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My mother is visiting the ruins of a church on Mackenzie King Estate

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My parents in downtown Ottawa with a view of Rideau Canal

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     Fountains and monuments in front of Ottawa City Hall

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

    Ottawa Fire Fighters Memorial 

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My parents in front of a totem pole at Confederation Park

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My father at Lord Stanley's Gift Monument

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My mother is completing the Ottawa sign on Sparks Street

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My father is completing the Ottawa sign on Sparks Street

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     Bank of Canada Museum and its surroundings

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     Garden of the Provinces and Territories

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     A boat on Ottawa River

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec mes parents

     My parents' favourite spot near Bytown Museum on the Rideau Canal

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  •  Ladies and gentlemen!

    Last August, my good friend Jean-Daniel came to visit me for a prolonged weekend and we visited Wakefield and Gatineau in Quebec as well as Ottawa, Smiths Falls and Arnprior in Ontario. The weather was outstanding and so were the beautiful towns of the region. Western Quebec and Eastern Ontario are best enjoyed in late summer.

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Gatineau River as seen from Alonzo Wright Bridge

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Boutique Jamboree in Wakefield

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Gatineau River and Wakefield Covered Bridge

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Gatineau River as seen from Riverside Path in downtown Wakefield

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Looking south of Gatineau River

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Entrance sign in downtown Wakefield

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     View of Gatineau River from downtown Wakefield

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Brokanta Boutique

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Smiths Falls as seen from Rideau Canal Visitor Centre

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Rideau Canal in Smiths Falls

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Smiths Falls Water Tower and Rideau River

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Econo Lodge hotel in downtown Smiths Falls

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Madawaska River in Arnprior

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Canoe on Madawaska River

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     A view of Madawaska River and Ottawa River

    Fin de semaine à Wakefield, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Gatineau et Arnprior avec Jean-Daniel

     Saint John Chrysostom in downtown Arnprior

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  • Ladies and gentlemen!

    On the twenty-fifth day of my epic summer vacation, I traveled back from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Ottawa, Ontario and then to Gatineau, Quebec. My vacation had been absolutely outstanding. My personal highlights were the magnificent city of Winnipeg, northern Manitoba in and around Thompson, northern Saksatchewan in and around Prince Albert, the city of Edmonton, Jasper National Park and the Rocky Mountains and southern Saskatchewan with the wonderful cities of Moose Jaw and Regina. Next year, I'm planning on visiting Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Northern British Columbia. I will keep you updated on my blog on my most interesting trips and would like to thank you for your faithful attention.  

    Day 25

     Ottawa International Airport - the most beautiful airport I have been to so far

    Day 25

     Macdonald-Cartier statue at Ottawa International Airport

    Day 25

     Back home in Gatineau, Quebec

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