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When In Rome – Don’t Sit On The Spanish Steps Or Wade In The Trevi Fountain!

If the 1953 classic ‘Roman Holiday’ had been filmed this year, Audrey Hepburn wouldn’t have been able to enjoy her own ice cream cone while perched on the Spanish Stairs. It’s not the only iconic film scene that Rome’s new

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Step Aside Fogo Island – Everyone Is Talking About Dildo, Newfoundland These Days

The town of Dildo, Newfoundland was “bursting at the seams” with tourists and traffic over the weekend, after attracting the attention of late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel. Producers were in the community yesterday filming, as residents and curiosity seekers

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Residents Of A Norwegian Island Want To Do Away With Keeping Time

An island in northern Norway is campaigning to declare itself the world’s first time-free zone. On Sommarøy (meaning “Summer Island”), located north of the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn’t set from May 18th right through to July 26th, a full 69

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Unique Urban Phenomenon ‘Manhattanhenge’ Happens Today & Tomorrow

It’s that time of the year again when the setting sun perfectly aligns with Manhattan’s street grid creating a rare and beautiful phenomenon called Manhattanhenge. The biannual event typically happens once around Memorial Day and again in mid-July, and is

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Bring On The Burst Of Colour – It’s Tulip Festival Time!

The Tulip Festival was officially launched at noon today. For the next 3 weekends, bands will be playing along the boardwalk at Commissioners Park and Dow’s Lake for visitor’s enjoyment, along with the thousands of tulips. New this year, the

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Sad Sight – Old Wakefield Stream Train Rail Cars Are Being Cut Up For Scrap

Eight train cars that carried tourists and railway enthusiasts up to Wakefield and back for a quarter century or more are being cut into pieces. The popular steam train made its last journey on June 18th, 2011. Five days later, heavy

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A Great Run For Rideau Canal Skateway!!

The one good thing about this year’s winter weather is how good it was to our Rideau Canal Skateway.  Past years have seen it almost too cold to skate out there or worse case scenario, too mild and it closes

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Volunteers Needed For 41st Edition Of Winterlude

Canadian Heritage is looking for volunteers for the 41st edition of Winterlude! The festival is set for February 1st – 18th, 2019. A variety of positions are available, which cater to a wide variety of skills, experiences and time commitments. Anyone

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Welcoming Ottawa Week

In 2013 our very fine Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed the last week of June to be Welcoming Ottawa Week which has now become an annual week long series of cultural and celebratory events and activities. It’s designed to convey welcome

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