3rd Quarter 2012- MegapixelTravel’s most popular blogs

3rd Quarter 2012 – MegapixelTravel’s most popular blogs

Top Ranking – For the second quarter in a row the top ranking goes to blogs about the Kingdom of Osgoode. Although the Kingdom of Osgoode blog for 2012 still garnered quite a bit of attention, it was the 2011 live Hand-fasting wedding blog and video combined with the video of knights battling that kept the Kingdom on top.

Near the top (educational)Poison Ivy once again with mermaids a close second along with my review of the North Face Mountain 25 tent.

Near the top (athletics) – We didn’t photograph the 2012 event this year but quite a few people visited our site to view past cycling posts especially the 2011 RLCT post. In the heat of the summer quite a few people must have been thinking Polar Bear Swim as blogs relating to the activity of donning a bathing suit and jumping into ice cold water were very popular during the quarter.

Near the top (International travel) – Graeme traveled to Denmark and Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium and the blog entries related to those countries were viewed regularly but, as mentioned above, the Mermaids of Copenhagen  got the most notice. When the link to “El Otro Varadero” made it onto the TripAdvisor website, that specific blog, as well as our other Cuba entries, found their spot in the sunshine.

Near the top (North American travel) – Good hiking weather meant lots of people were interested in the Bruce Trail – Lions Head photos as well as the entries for similar hikes around the countryside.

Near the top (Historical) – With the addition to the annual re-enactment of the French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, the Civil War reenactment at Massena and a visit to the 19th century lifestyle of Upper Canada Village, a lot of history was covered but we didn’t attend any of the reenactments specific to the War of 1812 but do have a couple in mind for later in the War.

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Upcoming event of particular interest to us is the Annual Live Butterfly Show at Carleton University.





Weather, weather, weather!!!

Weather, weather, weather!!!

A Jamaican friend of mine once commented on how funny it was to hear Canadians asking what the weather would be like in Jamaica. Except in hurricane season, the response would always be the same, “Today should be about the same as yesterday. Tomorrow should be about the same as today.” Continue reading

Ottawa, Ontario – January 1, 2012 – Sears Great Canadian Chill – Stopping Kids Cancer Cold

Ottawa, Ontario – January 1, 2012 – The Great Canadian Chill – Stopping Kids Cancer Cold

Well folks, Graeme and I, were able to get to Britannia Beach again this year to watch and photograph many, many, many brave souls jumping into the icy waters of the Ottawa River.

As we did last year, we will be uploading a selection of photos from the event for our blog followers to enjoy. Since it is New Year’s Day, we have family commitments too so our uploads might take a day or two. Had a fun time and kept my feet definitely warmer than last year!

Note: Since this blog entry will, in the end, contain hundreds of photos, and be viewed many times, page breaks have been be added to help speed loading. Graeme shot video of most of the event and is in the process of editing. UPDATE January 3, 2012 – The video is now on-line for public viewing at: Sears Great Canadian Chill – A Polar Bear Jump – January 1, 2012 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Weather conditions for the event were excellent as the temperature was just below the freezing point and there was no significant wind blowing.

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Polar bear dipping (a.k.a. all sorts of names) – New Year’s Day 2012

Polar bear dipping (a.k.a. all sorts of names)

Unlike sheep dipping which has something to do with sheep, polar bear dipping has almost nothing to do with polar bears. Each year, in the Northern Hemisphere, a certain number of individuals herald in the New Year by taking a New Year’s Day plunge into a nearby lake, stream, or ocean. In the case of our local polar bear crowd in Ottawa, Ontario, the method of entering the water in 2011, was a big leap thorough a hole in the ice. What it will be like for 2012 is anyone’s guess, as the weather has been mild and the ice formation has been somewhat delayed.

January 2, 2012 – Update: To see our blog entries for the 2012 event, see here.

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A Quick Visit to the Guild, Scarborough, Ontario

A Quick Visit to the Guild, Scarborough, Ontario

We were leaving Toronto at about 4PM and the roads were a mess with a bit of rain, a bit of snow and a bit of freezing rain snarling traffic so I decided to avoid the 401 and take a more leisurely route along the lake shore with the intention of getting to Scarborough in time to get a few shots before darkness settle in.  Traffic was even slower than I had anticipated that it would be so, when I finally got to the Guild, I only had about 15 -20 minutes of available light to take a few shots (using timer and tripod) before it was time to hop back into the vehicle and fight traffic and weather conditions on the route back to Ottawa.

Behind the former Guild Inn there is a garden in which previous owner of the property collected a number of architectural facades and selected bits from Toronto buildings as they were being torn down.  These now are part of the parkland maintained by the Toronto parks and are open for public viewing.  Very interesting to see these structures scattered around the gardens and in the surrounding woodlands.

Alan and Erica agreed to pose between the columns and then it was back in the vehicle and continuing our trip back to Ottawa again.

A few day later Graeme and I were getting ready to photograph the Polar Bear Swim in Ottawa.  This bear statue at the Guild seemed a fitting way to remind myself of the upcoming event.

Worth a visit but needs more than 15 or 20 minutes to truly appreciate the site :-).

For those who might want to visit this wonderful place on the eastern edge of Toronto, the snow covered bear statue and the many other statues and architectural facades are located in the gardens behind the Guild Inn in Scarborough, Ontario. (Location)

Images from a previous visit to the Guild.

Hockey’s Over! Bring on the Heat of Summer

Winter sports: The hockey season ended last night!!!!!! Boston Bruin fans are happy. Vancouver Canuck fans are not. We attended the first game that Chris Kelly played as a Boston Bruin. He is probably pretty happy today! Bruins vs Senators Feb/2011

Ottawa’s temperature is supposed to reach +30C or higher today with relatively high humidity.

Things to do now that hockey is over:
– Time to start complaining about the heat
– Time to get on the bathing suit and head for the beach, or
– perhaps it is just about time to reflect back on one of Canada’s other ice sports that we covered in a previous blog, the polar bear swim/jump! A great way to cool off!

Watch out for POISON IVY.

Polar Bear Jump – Video and Additional Photos

As promised, here is a short video from this year’s Polar Bear Jump into the Ottawa River. Click on the image below and shiver along with the participants.

Polar Bear Jump – Video and Additional Photos

Below is a collection of additional photos from the day. Enjoy!
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Polar Bear Jump – New Years Day – Ottawa

Polar Bear Jump – New Years Day – Ottawa

In support of Stopping Children’s Cancer, SEARS holds the Great Canadian Chill. This year, the event was located at Britannia Beach. (Location) The Great Canadian Chill is basically a Polar Bear Jump. Similar to a Polar Bear Swim except that, instead of running into the cold water, you jump in. Continue reading

Polar Bear Swim – New Year’s Day – Britannia Beach, Ottawa, Ontario

Polar Bear Swim – New Year’s Day, 2011 – Ottawa, Ontario

Update: THe cold water is waiting for the 2012 event – see our 2012 blog

Graeme and I and my father got to Britannia Beach (Location) this morning for the “Great Canadian Chill” a.k.a. Polar Plunge. Just posting a few quick shots from the Polar Bear swim preparations in place before the actual activities of the morning began. Will be adding to this post later this evening but have other responsibilities first.

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