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Polaroid of the week: Sunset Cinema in Ontario

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polaroid of the week canada ontario sunsetWe have been in Ontario for over four weeks now and almost every night, whether the day is filled with rain or sunshine, the big Canadian skies end the day with wildly vivid, dramatic sunsets. It started our first night in Toronto with an awe-inspiring all-pink sky, followed next by a brightly celebratory sunset over the Parliament in Ottawa on our first-ever Canada Day. Thankfully we are now based right off the Rideau River where, as the sun sets, the sky blends radiant reds, burning orange and countless shades of pink. It is amazing how much movement the scene has, with colors bouncing off the cloud formations above and reflecting off the water blow. Each night we pedal our bikes along the river to find the perfect front row seats of the nightly showing of the Ontario sunset cinema.

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Polaroid of the week: Watch out for the turtles!

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polaroid of the week canada ontario turtle sign

Almost exactly to the day 13 months ago we were climbing hundreds of feet up in the mountains outside of Tucson, Arizona to avoid the burning heat…and Beware of Bears signs.

This summer, we find ourselves once again in North America, in the middle of a mega heat wave. But this time, we are in Canada and around here it’s turtles we have to watch our for, not bears. Except rather than avoid them, we tried to spot them today. Turtles, we learned, go into a state of dormancy in high temperatures, so despite our search, we weren’t able to spot see any. Even the turtles are too hot!!!

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Polaroid of the week: Burritts Rapids Locks along the Rideau Canal

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polaroid of the week canada rideau canal burritts rapids locks

Our temporary home is not far from the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal which connects Ottawa with the town of Kingston on Lake Ontario. The Canal was opened in 1832 and is the oldest continuous waterway in North America. There are 45 locks along the canal and we took our bicycles out for a long ride to the Burritts Rapids locks near Merrickville, where we enjoyed a picnic in the sun while watching boats come and go.

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Polaroid of the week: Canada Day in Ottawa

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polaroid of the week canada day in ottawa

We spent Canada Day, the country’s 144th birthday on 1 July 2011, in Ottawa. Canada’s capital has the country’s most spectacular celebrations, a passionate patriotism that literally paints the entire town red – like this happy guy here!

The city’s Jazz Fest was on at the same time, with stages set up and street music played throughout the city center. Every patch of grass in the very green city was taken by picnicking families out celebrating the nation, almost everyone in red and white, maple leaf flags flying high.  It was fun for us to see hundreds of thousands Canadians celebrating their ‘big day’, and this year everyone was extra charged, as even Prince William and Catherine, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, attended the celebrations on Parliament Hill.

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