Families take advantage of unusually warm temperatures for the season in Ottawa on Thanksgiving


OTTAWA – The word for Thanksgiving Day is ‘perfect’, and for three-year-old Jack Van Lin, it’s about finding the perfect pumpkin, which isn’t easy when there’s an almost endless field to choose from at Millers Farm, Market & Garden Center in Manotick, Ont.

Jack has got his pumpkin and plans to carve out a spooky ghost for himself, but those thrills will have to wait because there’s nothing scary about temperatures in the 20s.

It’s a day filled with family and fun for Jack he is with his parents, aunt and grandparents coming from out of town for the long weekend and the weather made it even better. more agreable.

“Three generations, which is just amazing,” said grandfather Jack Campbell. “The family reunion, buying a pumpkin, eating a bird and all that is fantastic and nothing but memories to come with Jack.”

This unforgettable fall heatwave draws a crowd to the farm, and it’s good for Ron Miller and his business.

His family farm has more than a 50-acre pumpkin patch. There are hay hops, a local produce market, hot cider, treats like candy apples, a food truck and of course, and a corn maze.

“A day like today helps because we have to do it all in about three weekends,” says Miller. “Really, it’s getting out there and enjoying the farm experience and enjoying the freedom to walk around.”

Millers is open monthly, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free, a wagon ride to and from the pumpkin patch costs $ 3.00, the corn maze is $ 4.00 and there is has lots of gourds and pumpkins from small to large, at a reasonable cost.

Thanksgiving Monday also marks the end of the official navigation season along the Rideau Canal.

The locks will close for the season, the markings will be removed and the water level is no longer guaranteed for navigation.

Robert Squires is passing through the Long Island Lockstation on his way to Manotick Marina, picking up his boat for the season. He says it’s his favorite time of year for boating along the Rideau River.

“The water isn’t too rough, it’s a wonderful way to end the season, right now there are very few boats and the colors along the shore are breathtaking,” said Squires.

The same can be said while walking in the forest and that is why Denis Baudin went out with his wife, his two grandparents and his four children, who gathered leaves to throw them in the air and dance under them. .

“We knew the leaves would be red and full of color and good weather, so we figured we would go see them,” says Baudin. “The weather is nice today. We are lucky to have warm weather so late in the season.”

The temperature warmed to 22.7 C in Ottawa by 5 p.m. Monday.

Summer temperatures will continue to hover in the 1920s for most of the week; however, it may not be so sunny. Rain is expected Wednesday and the weekend; it will drop to a more typical 14 C.

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