Ottawa Valley Stroller Series
I was recently given the opportunity (thanks to Outdoor Womens Alliance) to test out a Thule Urban Glide stroller. It arrived at the perfect time – hunting season. For the two weeks of rifle season I gave the hunters their space and headed to town for some outdoor time. Since I live 10-30 minutes away from most towns I decided to start an Ottawa Valley Stroller Series and explore some of my favourite communites with my daughter and her new stroller.
We started with Calabogie because it is the closest town to us. Calabogie has a population of 2,500 people. It has 3 resorts, a ski hill, 6 restaurants, 3 convenience stores (2 with gas), 1 school, a LCBO, a community center with a skating rink & ball diamond, a library, a race track, post office and 2 golf courses. Activities you can do in and around Calabogie include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice fishing, skating, hockey, tubing, cross country skiing, swimming, boating, kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, hunting, etc… It has hundreds of little lakes nearby as well as the beautiful Madawaska River that flows in and out of Calabogie Lake.
Although I grew up in the country this is the town I went to school and now work in. Renfrew is known as the birth place of the NHL and a friendly affordable place to live. The population is around 8,500. Renfrew has lots of restaurants, schools and stores including a Walmart and a Tim Hortons! The Bonnechere River runs right through Renfrew. It is a beautiful small town that I never appreciated until I grew up.
Where the Madawaska River meets the Ottawa River. Arnprior has a growing population of 8,200. I don’t know much about Arnprior other than that it has an indoor swimming pool, a book store and an East Side Marios. It is located 20-30 minutes away from Renfrew and Calabogie and it is 30 minutes from the capital of Canada, Ottawa. In the summer we sometimes play beach volleyball by the river.
Unfortunately I could not find the population for White Lake. It doesn’t have any schools but it does have a gas station with a LCBO and a pizzeria with the best pizza ever! White Lake is one of the first big lakes in the area to freeze which makes it a popular spot to ice fish. It is one of my favourite small towns.
AKA Mississippi Mills. The town where our daughter was born. Almonte has a population of 4,800 and here are some fun facts about this small town: Basketball was invented by James Naismith of Almonte, Ontario. It has a textile museum, book store, thrift stores and the Mississippi River runs right through the town. Almonte is a great place for dining, shopping and giving birth (and I am being serious).
There are many other small towns that I would have loved to have shared with you like Pakenham, Douglas, Cobden, Eganville, Beachburg, Westmeath etc but most of these are a 30 minute plus drive for us and hunting season is now over so we are safe to walk on our road again.
I have only had the Urban Glide stroller for about a month now so I am not ready to review it yet. I can say that so far I find it really smooth and light. It is easy to transport and my daughter seems to really enjoy it.