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Wineries are often found far down country roads, shrouded by the curling tendrils of their vineyards. At The Wine Garden, though, the entire winemaking experience can be had without setting foot outside of the city.

Yeast bubbles busily in stainless-steel fermentation vessels, transforming the juices of grapes from fertile regions of Chile, Argentina, and California. The fermentation process yields wines that range from crisp chardonnay to heady cabernet franc, the progenitor of cabernet sauvignon, and oak barrels bestow some of the elixirs with a rich maze of tannins. Fruit wines made with peaches, cranberries, or strawberries make refreshing summertime drinks and help work friends mingle with hummingbird friends at parties. Patrons play a major role in the entire process, selecting grapes and siphoning finished wine into bottles. The Wine Garden's gourmets also brew craft beers and stock hot sauces with humourous names such as Blair's Chipotle Death Rain.

1501 Sieveright Rd
Gloucester,
ON
CA

Canadian Geographic, crowned Magazine of the Year by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors in 2010, explores the country's culture and landscape with illuminating articles and sophisticated photography. For more than 80 years, readers' thumbs have voyaged through the magazine's glossy pages without having to resort to hitchhiking, while navigating national stories that cover the revival of railway travel, an action guide for protecting the watershed, and the future of national parks. Award-winning photo spreads unfurl rich landscapes and capture intimate portraits to feed the hungry eyes of more than 3.4 million readers a year. Though Canadian Geographic unveils local environmental issues, its travel edition exposes unconventional vacation spots, budget itineraries, and subterranean unicycle paths.

1155 Lola Street
Ottawa,
ON
CA

At Play It Again Sports, locally owned and operated for 20 years, athletes suit up to conquer challenges on the ice, in the field, or on the court with new and used gear from major-league brands such as Bauer, Reebok, and Adidas. An ever-rotating inventory keeps lockers stocked with spare balls, dressers filled with run-ready shorts, and dens populated with gleaming treadmills. Proud recipients of the Gold Standard Store award, amiable staffers stand ready to answer questions or assist with fittings, ensuring that each athlete leaves with the appropriate gear for their needs. Neglected equipment ready to leave storage spaces and rejoin the sporting life can be traded in for cash or credit for gear, completing the ethereal Circle of Sports.

488 Terry Fox Dr
Kanata,
ON
CA

Whitehouse Perennials invites gardeners to stroll through its 5-acre nursery and display garden alight with hundreds of varieties of daylilies, hostas, and other perennials. Add a floral touch to the everyday by festooning a neglected forehead with a garland of eye-snagging Echinacea "Irresistible" ($14.50). A big and bold sampler of daylilies fills flower boxes and garden borders with five different showy and vigorous plants spanning a spectrum of hues ($75). Shaded yard space, meanwhile, welcomes the addition of lush, wide-leaf hosta plants ($7+) available in a diverse selection of colours and sizes. Customers can also challenge garden gnomes to duels with a snap from Whitehouse Perennials' sturdy garden gloves ($8.88), among other available garden accessories.

594 Rae Road
Mississippi Mills,
ON
CA

The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick-maker aren't just three characters from a nursery rhyme; they're part of the team at Manotick Natural Market, a farm-to-table shop that's served the community for nearly two decades. The butcher carves organic chicken, antibiotic and hormone-free pork, and other locally sourced meats, the baker crafts fresh pasta and gluten-free breads, and the candlestick-maker shapes wax into elegant candles that flicker on dinner tables. Shoppers can also find natural beauty products, health supplements, Olea Bella olive oil and balsamic vinegar sampler, and organic produce sourced from farms located within a 100-kilometer radius.

1160 Beaverwood Road
Ottawa,
ON
CA

Capital Junk's three step approach to junk removal helps people save room while working toward saving the environment. Uniformed, licensed, and insured movers haul away trash, old appliances, unwanted furniture, and electronics from homes, load them into their GMC C5500 dump trucks, and sweep up any residual debris. They then donate or recycle more than 75% off the disposed items so that they don't end up in landfills or empty floors of the Empire State Building. Capital Junk's We Are Green page celebrates the fact that the company has diverted more than 89 tons of waste from landfills and that it also runs its trucks on carbon neutral fuel.

15 Grenfell Crescent
Ottawa,
ON
CA