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Uncategorized February 21, 2021 A Gorge-ous River
The Niagara River Gorge is a must-see if you ever visit Niagara Falls. The Whitewater Walk is a trail that runs parallel to the river below the falls and it provides an opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most dangerous stretches of white water in the world. This is where ...
Uncategorized February 16, 2021 The Keys to Spring
For some people it's the first crocus poking through the snow. For others it's the first sighting of a robin. For others still, it's the longer hours of daylight. These are all signs that spring is just around the corner. For us, though, it's the cutting of the keys on the Rideau River, above Rideau ...
Uncategorized February 6, 2021 Another Hidden Gem
We recently discovered another part of what makes Ottawa such an amazing city for outdoor activities at any time of the year. Our friends, Jamie and Garry, invited us on a snowshoe hike along a trail that we have never been on, or even heard of. We started at the Hornet's Nest sports facility in ...
Uncategorized January 13, 2021 Exploring the Forests
It was a day for forests. Marian and I took advantage of the continuing mild mid-winter weather to go skating through a forest along the shores of Kemptville Creek in the municipality of North Grenville, Ontario. A series of interconnected ponds creates an extended rink through a magical forest. Marian and her trademark Canadian flag ...
Uncategorized January 7, 2021 Meech Lake on Blades
One of our favourite outdoor summer activities is open water swimming in Meech Lake, the jewel of Gatineau Park in Quebec, just north of Ottawa. For the past decade or so, several times a week, early in the morning, we have been swimming in the usually tranquil waters of Meech Lake. We are blessed to ...
Uncategorized January 4, 2021 A Magical Moment at the end of 2020
At the end of a year that everyone wanted to forget, but one that they will remember for the rest of their lives, Mother Nature offered up a treat that will also be hard to forget for those of us living in the nation’s capital. In a confluence of weather conditions that occurs infrequently, cold ...
Uncategorized July 29, 2020 A Gallant way to grow an online business
When MarmiT Creations was established several years ago, we were just two people with a camera and a love for nature photography. Our desire to share our captured moments led us into the production of greeting cards, which remain the mainstay of our business. As we continued to grow the business we realized that in ...
Uncategorized May 31, 2020 The Blue Church – Thousands Islands, ON
About halfway between Brockville and Prescott, Ontario on Highway 2 along the St. Lawrence River, sits a very old landmark known as the “Blue Church”.  According to the historical plaque on the grounds of the church, “In 1809 Anglicans of Augusta and Elizabethtown built a frame chapel, later called "Blue Church", which served the parish ...
Uncategorized February 17, 2020 Hey Baby!
What do birds, trees, rivers and flowers have in common with newborn babies?  That's what we wondered when Marian was approached at a recent vendor show in downtown Ottawa.  A woman approached the MarmiT Creations display table and expressed her admiration for our work which features outdoor urban and rural photography. "Do you consider commission ...
Uncategorized December 1, 2019 A boy and his bike
When young Patrick Murray wanted a new bicycle so that he could ride the back roads of southwestern Ontario with his pals, he headed into the bush to trap and shoot mink and muskrats. When he sold the pelts that he had gathered he had enough money to afford that shiny new CCM bike that ...
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