Monday, January 7, 2013

Where In Ottawa: January 2013

Happy New Year!

Not only is this the first Where In Ottawa challenge of 2013, it also falls on the birthday of a wonderful person: Happy Birthday to Miriam L.

Miriam and I have never met in real life but I have known her for a couple of years online and I think that if we lived in the same city, we'd be best buddies. From her taste in music (she and I could quote lyrics from The Smiths all day long) to her writing style, and to our mutual view on the lost spirit of Christmas, we have a lot in common.

When I learned that Miriam's birthday was to fall on the first Monday in January, I promised her that I would keep her in mind when I chose the location for my Where In Ottawa challenge. Eventually, Miriam plans to visit our city, and when she does I would like to show her one of my favourite spots in the entire Ottawa-Gatineau region.

Your job, dear readers, is to identify that location. To that end, here is this month's photo, dedicated to my virtual friend:

And here are the rules:
  • When you have identified this location (and be as specific as possible), leave your answer in the Comments section for this post. No e-mail messages, tweets, or Facebook posts will be accepted.
  • If you have already won a Where In Ottawa challenge, you can still play to earn bragging rights, but no giveaway will be awarded. You already have it anyway.
  • If you have been to this location with me at any time, you are ineligible to play. You have an unfair advantage.
  • You can guess as many times as you like.
The first person to correctly identify the location of this photo will receive an autographed copy of my novel, Songsaengnim: A Korea Diary.

And if you don't already follow Miriam—on Twitter or her running blog—do so. Tell her that I sent you.

Update: Where In Ottawa has been solved for January. Congratulations to Christine Brown of Toronto (no relation, but we know each other: we went to school together from grades 7 to 9).

To see the location, tune in to this week's Wordless Wednesday.


  1. Thanks, friend!! Great post, and that image is gorgeous. Alas, I have no idea where it is, but it's beautiful, and thank you so very much for honoring me in your post :)

  2. I believe this to be one of my fav spots when I get to come back home
    Mackenzie king's estate in the gatineau park, quebec.

    1. Congratulations, Christine! Yes, this location is, in fact, the Mackenzie King Estate, also known as Moorside.

      The book is yours; I'll contact you for a mailing address.