Caneast Shows has been organizing consumer shows and expos for more than 25 years. Today, its event lineup spans the entire year. For example, in the spring, there's The Cottage & Backyard Show, showcasing boats, decks, and outdoor furniture; in the winter, The Home Renovations Show features kitchen and bath designs, flooring options, and local building experts. The Ottawa Pet Expo gathers animal-lovers of all stripes in the fall, when all of the leaves come unglued again. Certain events, such as The Ottawa Wedding Expo, take place in both the Fall and Spring seasons.
Little Ray's Reptile Zoo is a grand hotel for cold-blooded critters overseen by animal enthusiasts Paul "Little Ray" Goulet and his wife Sheri Goulet. At their new location in Hamilton, they host one of the largest sanctuaries in Ontario for unwanted reptiles. Meanwhile, the renovated Ottawa location features 25 permanent exhibits, a nature centre, and a hands-on room. Born from the joy Little Ray experienced sharing his personal collection of reptiles with school children, the zoo now encompasses a variety of exhibits and daily feeding demonstrations showcasing more than 150 animals. The expert staff—which has trained keepers at other animal facilities on proper husbandry and correct presentation—safely introduces visitors to the animals which include giant snakes, tarantulas, and more. The zoo is open daily for corporate groups, birthday parties, and everyday animal lovers to tour the reptile environs and educational displays. The reptile zoo hosts large private-party and function rooms and a jungle spa where pythons receive hydrating wraps to combat scaly skin.
Todric's seasonal menu radiates with eclectic flavours and inventive combinations. Ignite ingestion with a starter such as a savoury jerk chicken accompanied by the crisp crunch of watercress and caressed in the embrace of a cashew dressing ($12), or climb to cooler climates with the chilled avocado soup with coriander salsa ($7). Apple and tomato chutney rest regally atop a wine country duck burger ($9) while an ancho-mushroom sauce and coffee rub jolt a succulent slab of beef tenderloin ($26) to caffeine-fuelled vibrancy. Humanoids reminiscent for vestigial tails and gills will want to attack the blackened red snapper ($20) as herbivores nosh on penne pasta with gorgonzola-chardonnay and wild-mushroom sauce ($16). Indulge in the final chapter of your fine-dining excursion with a chocolate velvet tart ($7), mango pudding with citrus yogurt ($8), blue cheese fritters with pear salad ($7), or a musical number with a standing ovation. An elegant and inviting dining room and a rotating seasonal menu contribute to Todric's chic, date-worthy atmosphere.
The changing of the seasons are harsh on a piano. The shifting heat and humidity subtly warp the wood and piles of falling leaves muffle the strings. To combat nature's adjustments, Piano Tuners Ottawa travels to homes and venues, returning pianos to playing shape. The technicians, registered with the Piano Technicians Guild, know the instrument both from the angles of a mechanic and a performer. They make fine adjustments to the strings with an electric tuning device or just a tuning fork and their ear, returning the instruments to harmony. The shop also offers repair services, refining the piano’s sound, restoring neglected models, and putting them back together after dropping them on cartoon characters.
In the kitchen at Grillman's Fresh Eatery, executive chef Radmila eschews frozen foods for fresh ingredients, baking bread and making sauces in-house each day. Her husband, Georges Samardzic, circulates the dining room, seeing to it that patrons are satisfied with heaping portions of rotisserie chicken, sauce-drenched pastas, and baby rack ribs straight from the grill. The husband-and-wife team designed Grillman's menu with diversity in mind, pairing pizzas and housemade sausage at dinner and whipping up familiar breakfast staples every morning.
Dunnderosa Golf Club’s par 3 course lets golfers swing and putt their way through tree-dotted hills that look out on the scenery of nearby Gatineau Park. With greens that are reachable in one shot on every hole, the course invites players who are still seeking out their first hole-in-one or trying to arouse jealousy in their driver by spending more time with their short irons. Dunnderosa Golf Club also features Dunn-D’s mini-golf course, which wreathes around a central waterfall for 18 holes of tricky putts and scenic landscaping. Lined by brick rails and peppered with rocky obstacles, each hole presents geometric challenges, forcing players to carom balls around 180-degree turns and steer them through craggy outcrops before sweeping them into holes positioned on devious slopes. The mini-golf course’s front nine is designed to be accessible for players with reduced mobility, offering a competitive venue for clubbers of all ages and those intent upon playing with their shoes tied together.