Recently I visited him in Ottawa and we stopped at a cannabis dispensary before heading to our boat launch on the Ottawa River
There are a lot of places in Canada to go kayaking if you don’t mind the cool temperatures outside of May, June, and July. Most of the largest cities in the country are still far northward compared to our neighbors in the States and Mexico further south. Canada’s winters are long and arduous, especially for the uninitiated. My parents raised my sister and I in Nova Scotia and we stayed there until the two of us reached high school age. Although I loved living near the Atlantic Ocean in Halifax, my parents hated the constant worry of hurricanes between June and November every year. It’s wild when you’re talking on the phone with a friend from Florida and the two of you are poised to get hit by the same hurricane, albeit a week apart. We weren’t exactly happy to be moving inland where it was colder, but I can’t complain about the stunning beauty of the city of Ottawa. As Canada’s capital city, it has everything from government parliamentary buildings to museums and nature reserves. My dad was obsessed with kayaking with the Ottawa River and Rideau River being so close to our home. Recently I visited him in Ottawa and we stopped at a cannabis dispensary before heading to our boat launch on the Ottawa River. Our plan was to take our kayaks into the Kettle Island Nature Reserve, something we did frequently during my summers in Ottawa as a kid. We each had a cannabis vaporizer pen because of the convenience, as well as a good camera for wildlife photography. We took photos of both northern water snakes and map turtles before turning our attention to the gorgeous butternut trees!