Winterlude Fun

This weekend my friends came over for a visit as it was the long weekend, which allows for some extra wiggle room for driving. This was needed as traffic was nuts on the 401 and they didn’t get here on Friday until 11:30pm (normally it would be around 9pm). There is an accident that has closed the 401 just before Toronto, and it appears they will have an equally awful drive home. No luck with driving this weekend!

Anyhoo – so on Saturday, we went to Winterlude to have a little bit of winter fun. Because both Max and E are young and require naps, we went just before lunch with plans to only stay for a little bit. We got  to downtown at around 11:30, bundled up and headed to the Rideau Canal at Laurier.  For those who do not know, Winterlude is a huge winter festival that takes part in Ottawa and Gatineau. There are various locations to take part in, and it is a big tourist event. We had a very unhealthy lunch of poutine and hot dogs and walked around. Max was unimpressed as he was in his stroller and a bit tired as he skipped his morning nap. E liked walking around and playing with his snow. However, we called the day quits around 1pm as it was a bit chilly out/the boys were starting to melt down a bit.








The next day while E and his Mama and Dada visited some friends in Pembroke: Auntie I, Max and I decided to hit up some stores. We planned on hitting up the Frozen Yoghurt joint and when we got there we noticed that Five Guys burgers was right beside it. Since neither of us had tried it, we gave it a go. It was pretty good! The burgers were got were the “little burgers” and just the perfect size. The patty was ok (kind of greasy), but the toppings were fantastic. Nothing better than a garlic dill pickle that has the perfect amount of crunch on it! A friend suggested once that if I go to Five Guys, I share the fries with someone. Good advice!  We figured that we had enough fries in our bag to literally fill up 3 of the regular sized fry cups! Madness!  After we still went for some FroYo. It was good!  I like the fact that you can choose the amount that you want. I picked up some fruit bits for Max to snack on – but all he wanted was the FroYo!  He kept tapping his spoon near our bowls signaling “more more!”.


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So that was our weekend!  How was yours?

Did you have a long weekend too?

Have you tried Five Guys?  







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  1. TorontoRunner

    ooo I’ve never tried Five Guys before!
    Had no idea about Winterlude – that looks fun for a family outing!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      It is! Lots of fun for everyone!

  2. Jess

    Looks like such a nice weekend! Max is very cute!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Thanks 🙂

  3. Brittany

    That ice skating looks so fun! I loveee the Ernie doll, I used to be obsessed with Ernie haha.

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Ernie = cool


    You totally nailed Five Guys. The patty is like a Butter Burger from Culvers, but the toppings are totally fresh and delish. I’ve only been there once, but I’d recommend it.
    The boys had a long weekend, but NAU was open so Glenn and I worked today. The nice thing about today, though, was that Gabe got to have his contact appointment (he’s been wearing glasses since 17 months and glasses with contacts or contacts alone since Kindergarten), we picked up his rec specks, Andrew had a play audition, and it was a rest day! Good things!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Sounds like a busy but fun weekend 🙂

      Our holiday is weird too – it is a provincial holiday so most of Ottawa (being a Federal govt. city) was working! We even had mail yesterday 🙂

  5. Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes

    Love your sons hat! It’s adorable! And I haven’t tried Five Guys… but I’m thinking I have to now 🙂

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Give it a try! It was pretty good!

      Yes – it is his favorite hat! He is a bear rooooaarrr!


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