Spending a Good Chunk of Summer in Ottawa, Canada



Where to start, where to start? I should be out in British Columbia right now for a few weeks before flying to London and starting Euro Trip “Part III” but I’m in Ottawa, Canada. You see, I’m rapidly approaching my 4 years on the road anniversary(whatever that means) and I’ve been reflecting on what I want out of life. Focusing on things like where I want to be when the music stops on this game of musical chairs called perpetual travel. Oh yeah, besides that I’m pretty tired from the last few years, more than I thought.

Before we really get into this, I’ve mentioned many times that summer in Ottawa is a great place to pass time and the best time of the year to visit. It’s in the heart of “cottage country”, it has more lakes and rivers around it than you can count and some of the highest number of golf courses per capita in North America – what’s not too like? Couple that with family and a solid friends network and it seems like a win, yes? I usually spend most of my time far away, now I’m home for the prime time of the year; it just makes sense to hang out until this party starts to fade before looking for another.

Beyond the whole travel game which I’m definitely not done with, I’ve also got other plans for my life. I’ve spent the better chunk of the last 4 years hanging out in random locales while chatting with even more random locals, sampling random foods and some of the best nightlife I could have ever imagined. It’s been a priceless experience and solid insurance against a mid-life crisis but I’m getting older and my style is changing. If you’re approaching your late 20’s and thinking of doing something like this, now is the time…

The goal I had in my mind before I ever left was seeing the world with hopes of finding “bases” and that’s what I’m doing here on in with my independent travel. I would like to see most of the world and based on what I’ve done so far with my life, looks like that will happen. That said, for now when I go somewhere on my own, there has to be method to my madness. What I’m getting at is all travel is great fun but I’m now at a point where I want to further my life abroad, not just my experiences around the world.

To conclude, I’ll also be doing some things in the area and straight up, it feels good to be home for part of the summer. It’s also great to reconnect with friends and get a bit of my vitality back. I’m going to fill the first two odd months of the summer working on some projects, fixing my fitness levels and doing freakish amounts of fishing with some golf. That said, I won’t be blogging too much about places I’ve already written about, that’s just boring…

My sights are on the Baltics, Balkans, Central America, India and of course, the Caribbean.

Tips hat,

P.S: Photo taken on a jog this morning after leaving something very important at last night’s fishing spot.


  1. Jeffrey Poulin

    June 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Hey Rob… Good to see you back and taking it easy for a bit. Sometimes its hard to listen to your inner self, especially when you are on the run.

    I used to flyfish on a 2lb tippet for bass in the Rideau, right downtown, getting out there and wading up to the chest. Loved it.

    Spent many years on the upper Ottawa, Deep River way. It is silent and powerful up there, the whispering giants along the edges protecting you from wind. I had a great grandfather who was a lumber magnate up there in the late 1800’s lots of stories there!

    I fished Lake Trout in a deep chasm of water north of Kingston for years, my now 93 year old Uncle joining us from Bytown annually. All fished out now as MNR won’t stock…. its a pity the provincial government just cannot see its way to supporting fisheries anymore.

    Enjoy your summer man!

    • Rob

      June 25, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Hey Jeffrey,

      It feels great to be back and “getting back to basics” for a bit. Travel tires you out and as you know, this is the best time of year to be in the region! My friend caught the biggest fish I’ve seen in the region on the Rideau, a musky that was probably a solid 12-15lbs. I’m actually just stepping out the door to do some fishing in the Gatineau river as a friend of mine conveniently has a boat and the afternoon off!

      I’ve been to Deep River, used to have a cottage up that way when I was growing up; great part of the country / world. It’s too bad MNR won’t stock as lots of the prized fish are becoming rarer and rarer when it doesn’t have to be the case.

      Thanks for the kind note and same to you, good sir.

  2. Gabriel

    June 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Fishing and being in the great outdoors, what beats that? =)

    If you come through the Caribbean and you are a fan of water sports make sure not to miss the town of Cabarete, great people, great tours and great surf, windsurf, kitesurf, boogey boarding =). September is the best month if you are looking for big waves!

    • Rob

      June 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Hi Gabriel,

      I’m with you on fishing and outdoors as a great way to pass a summer.

      I’ll look into that but doubt I’ll ever be around in September, still nice up here!

      Good to hear from you and safe travels.

  3. SJH

    June 26, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Tight lines, Rob! Get all the fishing in that you can stand, and then go a few more days just to make sure. We just returned from about 2 weeks in Alaska. King salmon early returns were pretty dismal, but we caught fish both days we pursued them. My cousin – on her first trip to Alaska – landed a really nice 35-pounder. We also fished halibut in the ocean, reeling in fish up to 45 pounds from 115 to 200 feet deep. Quite the workout, but my wife and I have now got 57 pounds of fresh halibut fillets taking up residence in our freezers.

    On a side note, we may encounter one another again in Nicaragua. We just booked tickets for about 2 weeks in January-February 2014. Absolutely nothing on the agenda yet, but would like to visit Leon and Granada this time around, as well as see friends in San Juan del Sur…and hopefully pop over to LCI for a few days.

    Have a great summer!

    • Rob

      June 26, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Good to hear from you, good sir!

      Tight lines indeed and seems like you’ve been having tighter ones than I lately. I’m a little envious about that freezer full of halibut. I’m a big fan of that fish and had some of the best halibut of my life in Alaska. Delicious stuff and do enjoy it every way imaginable.

      That sounds great, I’m not sure the dates I’ll be there yet but near positive I will be. Would be great to see you again, maybe do some fishing? I really enjoyed Leon and Granada but I’ve never been to SJDS but heard it has beautiful beaches. That said it’s a bit of a party town and others along the coast further north are more relaxed so to speak.

      Looking forward to crossing paths and tight lines until then!

  4. Ryan

    June 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Hey Rob, sounds life the “cottage country” May do some good with your current dilemma, or whatever is going through your head at the moment. I am just beginning my stretch of traveling long term, so I’m kind of at the beginning if your four years, but I’m sure I’ll reach this point as well. The point where just bouncing around is still awesome, but you want something more. Something long lasting and tangible. Maybe open your own hostel abroad or start a business abroad somewhere, or a travel company. Whatever it is that will take you to your next level in this awesome life, I’m sure it’ll come to you. Maybe in one of those fishing spots? Take care dude and keeping living gnarly!

    • Rob

      June 26, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Well said. After a while there has to be a method to the madness and I’m trying to decide what I want. Ultimately I’m working on a life abroad opposed to being based here and taking many trips.

      I like the quote “your life goes where your energy flows”.

      That said, you’re just starting so prepare for what will most certainly be the most interesting years you’ve ever lived. You’ll test yourself physically, mentally and meet like-minded individuals from around the world.

      Enjoy and embrace what the world has in store for you.

  5. Dariece @GoatsOnTheRoad

    June 27, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Hey! It’s my first time on your site, and I’m loving it. We’re from the Okanagan in B.C. but lived in Calgary for a few years. Now living in China and heading out to do trekking, camping, fishing and all things outdoorsy in Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia and Iran. Leaving in 18 days!! So pumped.

    We’ll be following your journey for sure, sounds like you have some awesome adventures up ahead. It’s definitely nice to have some downtime at home though, it’s necessary to get recharged every once in awhile. I feel like no matter what your age, if you follow your passions and what makes you happy, everything will always work out 🙂


    • Rob

      June 28, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Wow!! Your trip sounds pretty out of control in the best way possible. I have a friend who did the rent horses, do a tour and return; he loved it. This is the first I’ve known of your blog as well so I’ll be looking into that as well, looking forward to following along.

      Yeah, it’s needed sometimes and staying at home for a month or two isn’t that different than renting a place somewhere in the world to lay low. Only difference is you’ve got friends and family which make the whole recharge faster and potentially, more rewarding.

      I hear ya on passion! Ultimately, I think if you do what you love you’re living a good life.

      Safe travels!

    • Jeffrey Poulin

      June 29, 2013 at 5:47 am

      IRAN? Of all the places.

      I worked in Kuwait for four years and Iran was just a hop away. One of our party, a young Australian architect, ventured over the water to Ishfahan to buy carpets, and never returned. They found his body in a ditch three months later, his throat slashed.

      This is not an isolated incident. It is normal. I have personal stories which I will not share here, but could further illuminate the situation for young Caucasian Christians traveling to that part of the world with nothing but air between their ears.

  6. Lauren @ AllThingsGo.co.uk

    July 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Hey Rob! I think travel has a special power in enabling us to take a step back and reassess. 4 years is amazing, I’m nearly at the 5 month mark and already feel like I’m starting to figure out what I want from life. Your blog is one of the things that gave me that final push to quit my job in January and I don’t regret it for a second, so thanks! I’ve ridden horses in Mongolia, learnt to meditate in a temple in Japan, taught English in Taiwan, seen the pandas in China (a lifelong dream!), cycled through ancient temples in Burma and done countless other things when I would otherwise have been sat in the same old office for yet another boring year, and keeping a blog going has given me a purpose I needed. I look forward to seeing what’s next for you!

    • Rob

      July 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Thanks for the kind words and so glad that you’re out doing what you dreamed of. Seems like you’re having an amazing time with quite a few exploits already to your name. Also glad my blog helped you make up your mind as it sure sounds like you’ve made the right call.

      Safe travels and hopefully we’ll cross paths one of these days!

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