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5 Fall Adventures in Ottawa 2019

As a four-seasoned city, Ottawans know how to embrace and make the most out of every season – and of course, that includes the fall time. In fact, it’s one of the best times of year to explore and enjoy the city! Here are our top 5 fall adventures happening in Ottawa 2019.

Zombie Run

Embrace your zombie love while running from the dead at the annual Zombie Run that’s happening October 5th. If you love heart-pounding terror, grab your bravest and fastest friends to dash through a 2.5 km corn maze that’s filled with terrifying zombies. There’s no better time to practice your survival skills than now! Takes place at the Proulx Berry Farm.

Metcalfe Fair

If you’re looking for a day filled with classic fair favourites, the rural annual Metcalfe Fair is a must. You can bring out the entire family for a fun-filled day of country staples, like tractor pulls, live music, a classic car, and hot rod show, a fashion show, a Kidzland tent, and even a demolition derby! It’s the best way to spend the weekend with so many things to keep the family entertained. Takes place October 3rd and runs through the weekend.

Whisky Ottawa

When the temperature starts to cool off outside, there’s no better way to keep warm than at the Whisky Ottawa fest. This local favourite offers masterclasses from some of the world’s best brand ambassadors. You can also enjoy a night of whisky hosted at the Grand Tasting Hall in the Canadian War Museum with multiple vendors, eating contests, live tunes and much more. Begins on October 4th through 6th. Be sure to get your tickets early before they sell out!

Hike in Gatineau

Though not in Ottawa, Gatineau Park is only a stone’s throw away and is always worth a visit in October. Bring a friend or two to spend the day among the dazzling array of fall foliage throughout the area. It’s truly a spectacular setting to enjoy in the fall and one we always recommended. 

Pig Out at Mac n’ Cheese Fest

Dig into some of the best mac and cheese in the city at the Mac n Cheese Fest! You can enjoy so many different combinations and unique takes on this hearty and delicious Canadian classic. All of this is happening at city hall from Oct 4-6th and it’s free to enter!

Moving to the city this fall? Ottawa Moving Logistics has you covered for all of your moving-related needs. Get reliable, professional and dedicated service to ensure your move is smooth as possible. Contact us today to lock in your moving date!

5 Summer Adventures in Ottawa 2019

The summer weather is officially here, and that means good times are ahead! Get your summer plans sorted so you and the family can make the most out of those sunny summer weekends, lapping up all that this great city has to offer. Lather on the sunscreen, get the kids ready and take note of the top summer adventures in Ottawa 2019 to add to your calendar this year.

 

World Class Kayaking at 1,000 Islands

This stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must for your summer staycation. The 1,000 islands is a lush and vibrant natural reserve, teeming with mesmerizing landscapes and wildlife. You can find a number of different tours and day trips led by professional guides, or you can rent out a kayak and spend time exploring the area on your own.

 

Charter A Private Boat

If kayaking isn’t your thing and you prefer to have someone man the boat instead, you can charter a private boat with a professional captain in tow. Round up your friends and spend the day relaxing on the water, taking in the sites, fishing, swimming and lapping up in luxury on your own spacious houseboat.

 

Get An Adrenaline Rush at Skydive Gananoque

Got skydiving marked on your bucket list? Well, you can finally tick it off and get your adrenaline pumping at Skydive Gananoque. Since the 70s, they have been hoisting people out of planes safely and offering adrenaline junkies the perfect adventure to get their hearts racing.  Get all the excitement you can handle at a soaring 15,000 feet!

 

Explore Camp Fortune

Test your strength, endurance, and courage at Camp Fortune, where you can fly across zip lines, explore treetop challenges, and test your agility along aerial wires, rope bridges, and a variety of suspended walkways. Experience fun and adventure on your own or partake in a 2-hour trek that will guarantee a fun-filled day of excitement. There’s also a kid-friendly zone so the whole family can enjoy the day. Check out their website for more details.

 

Enjoy Some Pampering At Strathmere Spa

Not a fan of heart-racing adventure? You can unwind and chill out at Strathmere. This spa offers it all – lush natural trails, a zen zone, hot tubs, meditative yoga and a Retreat Café where you can fuel up with some healthy, tasty options. It’s the perfect way to get pampered and just relax.

 

Summer adventures in Ottawa 2019 are plentiful, no matter what your preference may be. Don’t waste a moment of the summer – get it all planned out now so you can squeeze in every morsel of the beautiful weather this season.

 

Planning to move to Ottawa this summer? Find the reliable, professional and courteous moving services you need at Ottawa Moving Logistics. From the first time you get in contact with us to the last box that’s placed in your new home, we guarantee you’ll notice the difference between the other moving companies and us. Book your move date now!

Planning Your Fall Move? Start Now!

Gearing up for a move this fall? Don’t wait until the last minute to get organized! Though the sunny summer weather is never an ideal time to get your home life sorted for a move, it’s just something that has to be done. The best way to tackle your move with the least amount of stress and aggravation is by starting now and planning out everything that needs to get done before your official move-in date. Here, we have some pro tips on how to get started and how you can squeeze it all in without hampering your summer plans and stressing.

 

Create a Detailed To-Do List

Whether you prefer a pen and paper or your mobile device, get started by creating a detailed to-do list. This will help you stay on track during those times when you don’t know where or what to focus on. And by prioritizing the list, you’ll be able to use your time more efficiently, which means you’ll have more time to enjoy those warm weekends with friends.

 

Book Your Movers Now

Though summer is the busiest time of year for moving, the fall can also book up fast, especially as people try to avoid moving in the sweltering summer heat. So be sure to do your research, find a reputable moving company and lock in your moving date with them ASAP. This should be one of the first tasks to get sorted on your to-do list.

 

Clear Out Junk

Moving is always the best time to go through all of your belongings and determine what you no longer want or need to keep around. Choose one area per week to dejunk so you can chip away at it without feeling overwhelmed during the process. Remember, the less stuff you have to move, the more you can save since there’ll be fewer boxes for the movers to haul.

 

Pack Strategically

Don’t make your future self suffer from the aftermath of poor packing. Think ahead and pack strategically to make the unpacking process less daunting. Store similar items in the same containers and clearly label every box. This will make it easy and quick for the movers to place boxes into the correct rooms so you won’t need to move stuff around once they’re gone.

 

Have Your New Home Prepped and Ready

Don’t forget to arrange your essentials in your new home, such as utilities, cable, Internet and anything else that’s necessary. Also, make sure to talk to your landlord or previous owners to ensure you’ll have parking available, the elevator booked and the keys in hand when you need them. The last thing you want to deal with is any surprises on the big moving day.

Experience professional and courteous moving services with Ottawa Moving Logistics. Your move is important to us, and we’re committed to showing you why we’re different from other moving companies. Our dedicated team is here to keep your moving day as easy and hassle-free as possible. Contact us today to book your fall move!

Your Guide to Moving in the Summer: 6 Essential Tips and Tricks

As the summer approaches, the most popular moving season starts to kick into full gear. And with so many people relocating during this time of year, you need to be prepared and book your movers well ahead of time. Help make your move easy peasy with our top tips and tricks for moving in the summer.

 

Start As Soon As You Can

The earlier you can start your moving and organizational process, the better. Getting a jump start will give you ample time to sort through your items and figure out what needs to get done so you can be entirely ready for the day of the move. During this initial stage, we recommend starting with a checklist of what needs to get done and prioritizing so you can chip away at it every day.

 

Book With A Reputable Moving Company ASAP

Since summer is the busiest moving season, it means good reputable moving companies will book up fast. So make sure you lock in your date with a top-rated moving company that you can depend on well ahead of the season. Search through reviews online and ask around through family members and friends for recommendations.

 

Mitigate Summer Costs

Since the summer is an easier time to move and people often have more time off of work, it’s also an expensive one since you’re competing with a surge in demand for movers. This can hike up the price and force you to pay more in comparison to offseason. But you can help to manage those expenses by being strategic and smart. Dejunk and get rid of any unused belongings that you have. That way, you’ll only need to move the items you really care about which will also reduce the time and cost to move. You can also set up a garage sale or sell your unwanted stuff online. Get creative to help balance out those higher fees.

 

Be Smart With Your Move-Out Date

It’s important to really consider the timeframe of your move and how it will coincide with the busy summer season. Try to avoid booking your move around the start or end of the summer, and steer clear of the weekends if possible. Scheduling during a weekday around the middle of the month can help you save more.

 

Be Cautious When Moving Heat-Sensitive Items

The temperature can get pretty stifling here in Ottawa, which can end up impacting certain items like any heat-sensitive electronics. So be mindful and keep any sensitive tech gear well protected and away from the blazing sun during the move.

 

Stay Hydrated

Even if you’re not doing much of the moving, it can still take a lot out of you during those hot summer days. Always keep plenty of water on hand to stay safe and hydrated during your summer move.

 

Need reputable movers in the Ottawa area? Ottawa Moving Logistics has you covered! Get the moving service you can count on to keep your belongings safe and your move hassle-free. Contact us today to secure your date for your summer move!

Ottawa Summer Activities for the Whole Family

The entire region in and around Ottawa is packed with activities and adventure to enjoy all summer long with your whole family. Whether you enjoy outdoor festivals, BBQs, or exciting exhibits to explore – there’s something for you here! If you’ve been looking for a few fun things to put in your calendar this season, check out our list of summer activities for both adults and kids that you won’t want to miss.

 

Ottawa Children’s Festival 2019

Start the summer off right at the Ottawa Children’s Festival that’s held at Lebreton Flats Park from May 8th to 12th. This event features exciting and lively performances from different theatre acts, along with live music, acrobatics, and child-friendly puppet shows  (for ages 2 to 15). It’s educational and a whole ton of fun. Take a look at all the exciting acts on the program here.

 

Canada Day!

This year it’s our country’s 152nd birthday on July 1st, and Ottawa is the best place to celebrate. You’ll find a wide range of activities at Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of History and Major’s Hill Park including parades, fireworks, concerts, and even unique circus performances. There’s a range of activities for everyone to enjoy! You can also take advantage of free transportation with free bus service on the OC Transpo all day and a free shuttle from 9 am to 6:30 pm between Ottawa and Gatineau. Take a look at the details as well as the Canada Day program here. (Pro tip: Best viewing spot for the fireworks is the Major’s Hill Park that overlooks the Ottawa River.)

 

Mothercraft Ottawa 12th Annual Touch a Truck Event

Mothercraft Ottawa is a non-profit family support service for parents of children of any age. From prenatal classes to care programs for children ages from 6 weeks to 12 years, the agency focuses on education and development. On June 9th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre, Mothercraft Ottawa is holding their 12th annual fundraising event – Touch a Truck – with different vehicles, activities, performances and more. OML will have a truck there! Come meet us and see what our moving trucks look like in real life.

 

Ottawa International Buskerfest

During August 1st to 5th, Sparks Street turns into a magical place of circus performers, buskers, jugglers, fire breathers, face painters, stilt walkers and memorizing shows. You’ll find talent from all across the globe, including musical acts like Rockabilly Joe and Matt Ricardo. Vendors and restaurants will also be serving up delectable menus throughout the street. Find the most recent calendar of Buskerfest events here.

 

Navan Fair

The following weekend on August 8th to 11th, runs the Navan Fair, a summer tradition that is always a treat for kids and adults alike. Over 4 days, visitors can experience agricultural exhibitions, a colourful parade, rides, carnival games, shows and competitions. The kids will love watching the Ultimutts’ stunt dogs and cats, as well as the Rock The Arts puppet show. Just be sure you get your tickets ahead of time, as this fair often sells out!

 

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Don’t miss this exciting end of summer event for the whole family! The Baie Park in Gatineau, Quebec will host the Hot Air Balloon Festival on the weekend of August 29th to September 2nd. Watch as balloons take to the sky and then enjoy a variety of activities and shows afterwards. Rides, fireworks, DJs – it’s a big family-friendly party that’s perfect for ending off the summer festivities.

 

There’s so much to see and do here in the Ottawa area. If you’re planning to move to this region this year, contact us at Ottawa Moving Logistics. We’ll help you get settled in quickly and comfortably. Learn all about our moving services here before booking!

Should You Move in the Spring or in the Summer

Planning to relocate this year but not sure whether you should move in the spring or in the summer? Here, we compare both seasons to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of moving in each. This can help you make a better-informed decision for your needs and budget.

 

Spring Benefits

 

May is usually when the peak season kicks off for moving, and when the competition starts to increase. So if you want to move on a particular date, early spring is the best time to book a moving company while the demand is still slower. You’ll get more options and also a better rate.

 

Summer Benefits

 

Summer is the peak season to buy and sell a home, which means it’s a busy time for movers. However, it can also be the best time to move for some families since they don’t have to worry about taking the kids out of school since they’ll already be on summer vacation. This time of year also offers plenty of daylight hours, so you won’t be left moving in the dark.

 

Spring Cons

 

The springtime weather is not always on our side. Early spring often brings along uncomfortable temperatures and late spring can come with some unpredictable conditions too. For instance, March and April can change from warm and dry to cold and snowy, in the span of a week. If cold and wet weather is a concern, late spring or summer might be a better option. Another con with a spring move is that you may have to take your kids out of school right before the end of the term.

 

Summer Cons

 

Summer is the busiest time of year for movers, which means it’s the most expensive time to book. This can also make it difficult to get the date and time that you desire due to all the competition on the market. Scheduling during the busy system can also mean delays, so if you can’t be flexible in your closing dates, summer might not be the best season for you. You also need to consider the heat in the summer as the hot and humid temperatures can also make moving dangerous if you don’t plan properly.

 

So when is the best time to move? It really depends on your needs and budget. If you’re trying to save money and can be flexible, spring is the best time to move. If you have children and your budget isn’t a factor, summer is the right time for you. Regardless of the season, booking a reliable and professional moving company is always important to make sure everything goes as planned. Contact us today at Ottawa Moving Logistics, and we’ll explain all the options available to you to offer the best price and service for your needs.  

Ottawa Spring Break Activities for the Whole Family

Considering a stay-cation this year for spring break or looking for a city that’s close by to enjoy with the family during your time off? Our nation’s capital is the perfect place to explore! Here’s our list of Ottawa spring break activities for the whole family to partake in during the March Break.

 

Funhaven Family Fun Centre

 

The name says it all! Located just minutes west of the downtown core is an entire centre of activities that the whole family will love. From bowling to laser tag, to bumper cars – there’s so much to do here you might even consider visiting more than once. Challenge your kids in the arcade or watch from the bar as they try out the rock wall and jungle gym. And when you’re done with all the fun, you can enjoy some delicious food right on-site.

 

Canada Science and Technology Museum

 

Kids love learning about how things work, so why not take them to the Canadian Science and Technology Museum this week and let them run amuck? There are a number of top-notch interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and super fun experiments here this year for spring break. The spring break week coincides with the “Brain Awareness Activities” that includes interactive and neuroscience activities for the whole family.

 

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

 

The annual Barnyard Break is back again this year!  You and the fam can pet the animals watch cooking demonstrations, enjoy maple taffy on the snow, watch a calf grooming, create winter-themed crafts, or listen to story time. Come by on Saturday, March the 16th from 10am to 12pm. You can also chow down on delicious pancakes with homemade maple syrup.

 

Skiing and Snowshoeing

 

The Sir John A. Macdonald Winter trail is Ottawa’s premier outdoor trail network. Featuring over 16 kilometres of flat groomed trails, it’s the perfect way to spend the day cross country skiing or snowshoeing with the family. There are also a number of amenities along the trail that you can enjoy, including the café at the war museum where you can warm up.

 

These are just a few of the events that are happening in and around Ottawa this spring break. Our nation’s capital is an epicentre of fun and adventure for families, which is why we are constantly moving people into this great city. If you plan on locating here soon, contact us at Ottawa Moving Logistics – we’ll ensure your moving process is smooth and hassle-free.

 

6 Fun Family Christmas Outings in Ottawa

Need some ideas for fun, family-friendly Christmas outings in Ottawa this year? Here are some festive activities that will get the whole family in the holiday spirit!

Experience the Village of Lights at Cumberland Heritage

Go back in time and experience an old-fashioned Christmas at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. You and the kids can meet Santa, enjoy a sleigh ride, decorate gingerbread cookies, and warm up by the fire with some hot chocolate. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

Check Out the Magical Winter Lightscapes

Every year in Ottawa, the city lights up with eye-popping projection shows that dance across Parliament Hill. The light shows play all month long on a loop from 5pm to 11pm. So grab some hot chocolate and create a new holiday tradition as so many other families have here in Ottawa.

Go Sledding

Who doesn’t love zipping down snow-covered hills? With so many different designated hills to try throughout the Ottawa area, you can find the perfect one to get your adrenaline pumping.

Pay a Visit to Taffy Lane

Taffy Lane is a street that’s located in Orleans. Every year, it goes bananas with a spectacular display of lights and decorations. It’s so impressive that families drive from near and far just to experience it. The bright, colourful lights and exciting energy make it a trip that’s exciting for the kids and well worth it.

Take a Wagon Ride in Byward Market

The Byward Market is always a fun place to head to for a family Christmas outing in Ottawa since it comes alive during the season! With festive beverages, decorations, numerous vendors, and a flurry of excitement, you can’t help but feel like a kid again. And during the first three weekends in December, you and the family can hop on a wagon ride to explore the area and enjoy the sights while listening to carolers as they sing your favourite classic holiday songs.

Go Skating on the Rideau Canal

Of course, you can’t make it through the winter season in Ottawa without gliding along the largest outdoor ice rink in the world! So be sure to grab your skates, bundle up and get out to enjoy some time on the ice with the family this winter.

You can easily keep the whole family entertained throughout the holiday season with so many fun winter activities that are happening throughout the city each year.