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THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF THEATRE presents an all ages production of Treasure Island in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtimes Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets $20 for adults. Students and youth 25 and under $10. To purchase visit /www.tickettailor.com/events/ ottawaschooloftheatre?

TAPROOM 260 presents Michael Ben-Shalom live from 8-11 p.m. at 260 Centrum Blvd. For more information visit https://taproom260.com/events/.

TAPROOM 260 presents The Underground live from 8-11 p.m. at 260 Centrum Blvd. For more information visit https://taproom260.com/events/.

CLASSIC PIANO RECITAL – Orléans pianist Emily Hou will be performing works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Liszt at Kanata United Church as part os the Beaverbrook Community Concert Series. The recital will start promptly at 3 p.m. Kanata United Church is located at 33 Leacock Dr. in Kanata. For more information visit beaverbrookccs.ca/ 2024/03/24/april-21-emily-hou.

THE ORLÉANS BREWING CO. Trivia Night from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call (613) 834-9005 to reserve your spot. The Orléans Brewing Co. is located at 4380 Innes Rd. near the Innes Road McDonalds.

GRANDMAS AIDING GRANDMAS 10th Annual Card Party from 12:30p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Helen’s Church, 1234 Prestone Dr. Tickets $35 includes lunch, door prizes, raffle and market. Call Barbara at 613-824-3524 or Sue at 613-834-4706.

 

 


Vanxiety_life #13: VanLife couple make mid-winter Prairie crossing

(Tori Dark and Kevin Nault have embarked 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 latest installment in that series.)

Welcome to Calgary! Home of the world-famous Calgary Stampede, the Calgary Tower, and the birthplace of Texas Senator, Ted Cruz (that is not a joke, look it up).

Famously known for being one of Canada’s sunniest cities, we were very excited to finally soak up some rays after our very cloudy drive across the country. Unfortunately, we brought the Ontario clouds with us as we didn’t see the sun for another six days. That is practically unheard of in Calgary!

This meant we couldn’t see the mountains either. Yet another delay in our vanlife journey, but let me tell you, it was worth the wait.

We originally decided to make Calgary our first long-term stop because we know many friends and family that have moved here over the last few years. Three fellow Cairine Wilson High School friends, Kevin’s university track coach and mentor, James, and my cousin all live in Calgary. It really is reassuring to have so many people we know and love nearby if we ever need support. This is our first winter in the van and anything could happen.

We arrived in Calgary around midnight and quickly discovered that many of the free overnight parking lots were closed for the winter months. We decided to drive into the mountains and park along the Kananaskis River where we were lucky to find a boat launch with a level gravel lot and no other vans in sight.

We quickly learned, as we were fast asleep that night, that we were in fact parked directly beside a Canada Railway with a very active schedule. The first train to pass by (whistle and all) scared me so badly that I shot straight up in bed, confused thinking someone hit the van. Turns out the trains are almost hourly and most of them love to toot that whistle. We should have known it was too good to be true.

We proceeded to sleep there for three nights and were surprised every evening as if we didn’t stay there the night before.

But when those clouds broke, the view made up for the lack of sleep. We were within the Bow Valley and surrounded by 360-degree views of snowy peaks and rocky slopes. Kevin looked like a little kid on Christmas morning when looking at the ancient Rocky Mountains.

This valley is what convinced him in 2017 that he wanted to buy a van and travel the country.

A global pandemic and seven years later we finally made it back. Now we can begin back-country skiing, hiking, rock climb-ing, making new friends and exploring the various mountain towns.

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

Past articles...
Vanxiety_life #12: VanLife couple make mid-winter Prairie crossing
Vanxiety_life #11: Local VanLife couple travels across the Superior lakehead
Vanxiety_life #10: Local VanLife couple ready to hit the road again
Vanxiety_life #9: Vanlifers decide to spend a few months close to home
Vanxiety_life #8: Vanlifers return home for a short break before heading west
Vanxiety_life #7: It's never too late to start your own vanlife adventure

 

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