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Upcoming events

ROYAL OAK FUNDRAISER FOR KYLE ANDRADES – The Royal Oak Orléans is holding a fundraising event for the Kyle Andrades Memorial Bursary. This event will include live music by the Jasen Colson Duo, a silent auction, raffles and BBQ!! Come help us hit our $25K goal.

NAVAN LIONS WALK FOR DOG GUIDES​ – Meet under the domes on the Navan Fairgrounds. Registration begins at noon. 3km walk around the beautiful streets of Navan begins at 1 p.m. Stay after for Yappy Hour and free BBQ. Family-friendly event. All dogs must be on a leash.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Helen’s Anglican Church, 1234 Prestone Dr., Orléans. This year’s art fair is supporting the Young Artists Initiative. You can view the artists’ galleries at and follow on Facebook at

GRANDMAS AIDING GRANDMAS will be holding a Plant & Garden Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., corner of Bearbrook and Innes in Blackburn Hamlet. Annuals, perennials, houseplants, crafts, baking and raffle. All proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign, supporting African grandmothers raising a generation of children orphaned by

THE ORIGINAL NAVAN MARKET returns with over 200 different vendors at the Navan Fairgrounds including several new vendors. Gates open at 9 a.m.

TBLACKBURN FUN FAIR – Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair parade 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Midway 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. BBQ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Little Ray’s Reptiles 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the arena. Bouncy castle, face-painting and Dunk Tank from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stage show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beer Garden 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Cake cutting at 1 p.m. Paint party 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. Visit for a complete schedule of all the activities and events.


Vanxiety_life #1: Setting off on a great adventure

(Tori Dark and Kevin Nault are about to embark on a trip across Canada aboard their newly converted camper van. In doing so they are joining hundreds of other couples who have taken up what is referred to in the culture as “VanLife”. During their trip, the Orléans Star will publish a series of diary pieces from Tori allowing readers to follow the couple’s journey. This is the first installment in that series.)

It feels like not long ago my partner, Kevin and I decided to pack up our lives and move into a van to travel the country. We were living in hot Centretown without any air conditioning on the third floor of our building in a bachelor apartment.


Tori Dark and Kevin Nault plan to travel across North America in the converted Ford cargo van. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO


Waking up by the ocean and travelling from city to city sounded pretty great compared to hanging out in our living room all day during the various lockdowns. Little did we know how long the renovations would take and how hard it would be to leave our friends and family behind.

Having lived in Ottawa my entire life, going to Carleton University and settling down within 20 km from where I grew up, I never truly considered the option of leaving. My family and friends were in Ottawa, I had a great job with the government, and I was happy following the same footprint as those around me. However, something was missing.

Kevin had discovered VanLife online and pitched me the idea of a nomadic lifestyle. I thought it was a great idea in theory, but logistically it didn’t make sense. How would we make money? Where would we live in the winter? How long would we be gone? All the same questions our families brought up when we bought our van/home-to-be.

In March 2021, we began our journey by moving out of our tiny bachelor apartment to live with family to save money. We began renovating our van in January 2022 in my parents’ driveway in Navan and now, in spring 2023, we are gearing up for our departure.

Having to sell, donate or give away our material items was surprisingly freeing and I’m looking forward to living a minimalist lifestyle. Leaving the place we’ve called home for 29 years is another story.

As much as I am excited to travel, meet new people and see our beautiful country, I am equally nervous to miss Sunday night family dinners and game nights with our friends. I keep reminding myself that the best experiences in life come with some discomfort.

With the new age of social media, FaceTime and group messaging, I we be able to feel the comfort of home while spreading my wings from St John’s, Newfoundland to Golden, B.C. and all points in between.

I hope you will follow us through the ups and downs – mostly ups I hope – of what should be an amazing journey.

(You can follow Tori and Kevin at Tori and Kevin are both former students at Cairine Wilson Secondary School, Class of 2012.)




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