Chaudière Falls

As part of Canada’s 150th celebrations, Chaudière Falls is going to have a sound and light show honouring the Algonquin people who used to live in Ottawa.

“Mìwàte is a tribute to Indigenous people, created in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation. Representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities were also consulted.”

Artist’s representation of the Chaudière Falls light show. Image from www.ottawa2017.ca

The experience starts just north of the Canadian War Museum, with panels that represent the history of the area. Then, continuing on foot on the new viewing platform, you travel towards the falls.

“The 10- to 15-minute production will repeat in a loop. The entire experience, including viewing the panels and walking to the viewing platform, will take 30 to 40 minutes […].

When & where: Oct. 6 to Nov. 5 at Chaudière Falls, 3 Booth St., just north of the Canadian War Museum

Show times: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Oct. 6 to 22; 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Oct. 23 to Nov. 5”


Are you interested in travelling to Ottawa? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Pumpkinferno

Upper Canada Village holds a special place in my heart, and even more so during the month of October. Why, do you ask? Because it hosts the largest pumpkin attraction ever!

Image from www.uppercanadavillage.com

7000 carved pumpkins line the streets of this Confederation town, and it is absolutely stunning.

Image from www.uppercanadavillage.com

Are you interested in travelling to Upper Canada Village? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Recommendation Wednesday

New York (and I’m not just talking about the city here) has a TON of things to do and see; it’s impossible to do it all. But here is a comprehensive list that will help you narrow it down somewhat.

Best Things to do in New York

This website also has lists for Norway, Germany, Austria, and South Africa, among many others.

These lists are by someone else named Jen (I swear it’s not me!) and she (and her team) review products, for the most part. They also are heavily into health stuff (that I’m not recommending, but will not get into that here).

However, if you know where to look, you’ll find her travel blog and lists of things to do in many locations (it’s really well hidden! Tip: Go to the search and type in the place you want to go). I’m sure she will update this to include more. You can also email her and request that she add somewhere specific!

Image from Jen Reviews
Image from Jen Reviews

Are you interested in travelling? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Niagara Falls

Although not inspired by Mario Kart, those of us who grew up racing in video games can’t help but be reminded of those hours spent in front of a console when we look at Niagara Falls’ new go-kart race track.

Image from www.narcity.com
Image from www.narcity.com

On top of the falls themselves (the Canadian ones are better!), you can visit a new zombie exhibit, a 4D motion theatre, and the recently renovated Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum.


Are you interested in travelling to Niagara Falls? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

The Story Museum

If I hadn’t wanted to visit Oxford, England before, I want to go there even more now!

The museum itself is planning a renovation, which will make it 100% wheelchair accessible by Summer 2019.

Image taken from Atlas Obscura.
Image taken from Atlas Obscura.

Geared towards children and exploration, The Story Museum features the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, the Wardrobe and Beaver’s Den from Narnia, and many other iconic scenes.

They also host events and week long courses for children and adults alike.


Are you interested in travelling to England? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Harry Potter Supperclub

I was recently made aware of a private club in London that was organizing Harry Potter themed dinner events on Fridays and Saturdays in August and September. Apparently they were so popular that they sold out, so the club has added more to fill up the rest of 2017.

Image taken from www.thenudge.com
Image taken from www.thenudge.com

The club’s name is The Library, and they are located at 112 St. Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden in Central London.

You can read more about the event here, including an abbreviated menu.


Are you interested in travelling to England? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Star Trek Cruise

Due to the success of the first Star Trek cruise last year, they are having two consecutive cruises this year!

Image from Star Trek the Cruise.
Image from Star Trek the Cruise.

If you act fast enough (before July 31), you don’t have to pay a deposit or payment until August 15th! The cheapest inside cabins are waitlist only at this time, but there are still some reasonably priced cabins left.

There is also a contest to win a free cabin!

Prices on the website do NOT include air, but how fortunate – you know how to contact a travel consultant! 😉

So if you’re looking for something to do in early January 2018, love Star Trek, and enjoy cruising, this trip is for you!


Are you interested in taking the Star Trek Cruise? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Movie Park Germany

Nestled in Northwestern Germany is a major theme park that had not crossed my radar until recently, when they announced a new roller coaster based on Star Trek. Movie Park Germany‘s name speaks for itself.

Image taken from Moviepark Germany's main website.
Image taken from Movie Park Germany’s main website.

Of course I would notice Star Trek. Read more about the ride here.

There are lots of other rides based on other movies (I noticed Dora the Explorer, Ice Age, Indiana Jones, and Walking Dead, among others).

Based on reviews, this theme park would be good for people who like movies and thrill rides. Think Universal Studios, but with more rides.

Visiting Movie Park Germany would be a nice little add-on to your European vacation if you are already visiting Belgium, Netherlands, or Northern Germany (and that area).


Are you interested in travelling to Europe? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Ottawa Kontinuum

This is something that I plan on doing this summer! It’s a light show underground at the LRT’s new Lyon Station, and it opens on July 16, 2017.

Kontinuum picture taken from www.universe.com
Kontinuum picture taken from www.universe.com

The LRT infrastructure project has required significant transformation of Ottawa’s downtown underground.

The excavation of a 2.5 kilometre tunnel has revealed layers of the city’s foundation, exposing sediment dating 150 years back to Confederation. The exposure of these layers has released a flow of electromagnetic energy in the tunnel that was buried for centuries. Until now. It all began with a mysterious appearance at the Lyon station: a glimmering wall of light that can only be described as a glitch in the fabric of reality. The Loop is a fracture of time and space caused by an unprecedented release of electromagnetic energy. Since its appearance, construction workers have begun to witness inexplicable phenomena in and around the tunnel.

Get your FREE tickets here.


Are you interested in travelling to Ottawa? I can book your car rental, train tickets, and accommodations! You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Attractions Ontario

Do you live in or near Ontario, Canada? Do you want to see some of the amazing attractions that it has to offer? Don’t pay full price! There are tons of discounts available, and here’s a link to a whole bunch!

Attractions Ontario logo from their website
Attractions Ontario logo from their website

There are a few that I will be taking advantage of this summer, and while most of the coupons are for attractions in Toronto, there are a couple of hidden gems!


Are you interested in travelling in Ontario? I can book your car rental, train tickets, and accommodations! You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca