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Haunted Walk Ottawa – Time Traveler Trail

July 6th, 2014 No comments

The Haunted walk has a new trail for the time-travelers among us, its called the Time Traveler Trail and it focuses on Ottawa’s past when Ottawa was Bytown and riots and pistol fights in the market were more common than Beavertails. Guided by Steampunk attired guides prepare to set off on an adventure in time.

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The new walk has already gathered the attention of the Whovians in Ottawa, as the Society of Doctor Who made an appearance to take the walk through time.P1070732 P1070738Our guide was quick to take us back in time with the help of their timely-whimey device.

P1070748- ShunkThe tour was full of great historical stories about a time when Ottawa wasn’t as tame as it is now, in fact traveller’s beware, time travel can be hazardous to your health and you could end up finding yourself in a duel as a way of solving slanders and slights!

A duel was the way to settle disagreements in the past, although what these two had against eachother we will never know.

A duel was the way to settle disagreements in the past, although what these two had against eachother we will never know.

Also this might be a cleverly disguised Dalek, just saying…

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Along the route we had a chance to seem some clearly historical signs, some on purpose and others by time traveler luck?P1070761 - Cropped

P1070751-CroppedP1070764 - Cropped Finally as the night drew dark (7:30pm tour rather than the weekend matinee 11:00am tour) our Time Travel energy grew low with the fading light and we got to see some of Ottawa’s premier buildings in their evening glory.

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In the end, all by Steve (poor Steve) made it back to our present time alive and well about 2 hours after we headed off on our adventures through time and walking distance.

Kingdom of Osgoode 2011

July 9th, 2011 2 comments

Kingdom of Osgoode 2011
Note: Once we have the time to do so, Graeme and Ron Hay will be posting Kingdom of Osgoode 2013 images here: Kingdom of Osgoode 2013 (Saturday and Sunday)

Again we travel back in time (and about 30 minutes south of Ottawa) to the Kingdom of Osgoode and their Annual Medieval Festival. (Location) This year there was a lot going on, from Song and Dance on the Main Stage and Real Live Sword-fighting and Jousting to a Real Hand Fasting Wedding. If all you want is a quick overview of the activities this year I did take video using my new Lumix GH2 camera and have compiled the shots into a short video of the event. To see the video, click on the next image.


So I’m going to start with what really makes this festival such a treat, and that all the people who come out in period clothing, they really make this a special treat.

Of course it is the 21st century and its always a bit of fun to see what creeps into the photos; mainly glasses (people like to see) and water bottles (because sun was out and it was hot outside).

I also had the chance to do some more “pose” type shots of the Steam Pixie from Verdigris grove. They make a lot of fea masks and enchanted looking trinkets. I did play around a bit with this photo using Magic Bullet Looks and Photoshop to try to get that “Steam Punk” look.

Some limited success, I should probably study art styles more. I tried to get this modern day robin hood character to look as menacing as possible.

Well that it for me and Photoshopping for this event… Next Up, Hand to hand combat, Thor demands it!

So the Chivalrous Sword-handling group put on a nice sword fighting display for the festival, it included a couple of live steel fights along with more foam based fights and melee.

This next photo is a crop from the melee, I don’t know about proper form or stance but this just looks cool.

Next some Political Punishment.

Councillor Thompson for the region apparently (willingly) signed up to be placed in the stocks. The mayor of Ottawa (Jim Watson) also showed up to cheer him on and get in on the pelting of wet sponges at the councillor, all in good jest mind you.

I also had the GH2 to take a video of the stockage, so please enjoy.

Of course afterwards Thompson had to throw some wet sponges as well.

Next I’ll cover the on-stage activities…

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