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Have you ever gone on Google Maps, looked somewhere in Ottawa, and then zoomed out? If you did, you probably noticed that Ottawa, despite being a 5-hour drive away from the massive Great Lakes and an 8-hour drive away from the vast Atlantic Ocean, has plenty of water surrounding our nation's capital (in the form of rivers and lakes).

And with the Thousand Island just down the road, ferries are a typical form of transportation across the Ottawa Valley and the Outaouais Region across the river. Each ferry has its own flare and independent charm, taking ferry-goers to day-trip-worthy destinations all over.

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Canada's capital is known for being a quiet and picturesque town that draws people in with iconic spots like Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal and fabulous music festivals. Another attraction is Ottawa's world-class national museums and galleries. Whether you're into science and technology, art, history or the military, there's an exhibition for you.

Despite living in Ottawa for over a decade, I had never been to the Canadian War Museum until recently. I always saw it as a museum my dad would love, filled with guns, tanks and dry facts about Canada's role in major conflicts.

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Close your eyes and picture yourself sipping on a cup of coffee on the porch of your very own private cabin, overlooking a river and nestled within pristine cottage country in the Laurentian Mountains.

Well, it's time to stop dreaming and start living, because this isn't just in your head — it's a reality, and it's only a quick road trip from Ottawa.

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Hey Montreal, the weekend is fast approaching and that means a slew of new and free things to do in Montreal.

While you may be living your best life this summer with non-stop festivals, countless restaurant openings and cocktails galore on rooftop terrasses, you just might be interested in giving your wallet a break.

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Start the countdown! The weekend is almost here and there are so many free things to do in Toronto. There's no need to blow your paycheque in order to have some fun on your days off.

From summer festivals to free ice cream and live music, the city is full of fun and free experiences. You can take a mini trip to the tropics, check out a street festival and more without spending a dime.

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Quebec's charm during the summer season is unparalleled, and with so many must-see spots, your options for a summer road trip are endless.

For those having a bit of a tough time selecting where to go, one of Canada's "most beautiful villages" is only an hour away from Montreal and is the perfect destination for the summer.

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It's time for a road trip! Montreal is a popular spot for getaways, with its European vibes, cobblestone streets and old-world charm.

If you've already been to Montreal, or are looking to explore somewhere different, you'll want to pack up your car and head to this dreamy destination located a few hours from Ottawa.

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When Canadian people think about the UK, their minds may automatically jump to its most well-known cities such as London, Glasgow, or perhaps Cardiff. Each of those places is wonderful, and I've visited them all. However, I had a slightly different experience during my time living in England.

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You don't need to go far in order to enjoy a little beach getaway. This provincial park near Toronto is a peaceful nature oasis with blue waters, scenic trails and a long sandy shoreline.

The park is just an hour away from Toronto, making it a convenient spot to visit for a summer day trip.

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Traveling on BC Ferries is a quintessential part of living in coastal British Columbia, connecting the mainland to Vancouver Island. For some it's a daily occurrence, while for others it's a one-off voyage taken as part of a vacation or trip.

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As humid days reign in Toronto, they often bring unwelcome frizz and dryness to hair. While soaking up the sunshine might be at the top of your bucket list, maintaining your best look may require some tweaks to your hair care routine.

Luckily, SheaMoisture is here to help elevate Torontonians to dream-hair status this summer. Returning to Stackt Market from July 18-21, SheaMoisture’s free Shea Summer Salon styling pop-up will help you refresh your look with the expertise of experienced artists from JouJou Hair Studio.

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