Holiday fun at Parc Omega

In the land of the hungry deer

In the land of the hungry deer

A small detour for my blog to talk about what I did on my holiday- we went to Parc Omega, which is a really cool wildlife- themed park sort of safari thing. It’s in Montebello, just across the border from Ottawa.

Parc Omega

We’ve always gone in the past, and I’m still impressed with how they have maintained everything. The park looks beautiful, it’s open all-year round and the animals are kept in great shape and allowed to roam at will (except if they are a bit dangerous, then they are kept in enclosures for their and our safety!)

More carrots!

More carrots!

You can bring carrots and feed them from your car, and at the deer park area, get out and hand-feed the little deer. There is a small trapper’s cabin type thing, and you can buy more carrots, coffee and hot chocolate there too.

Close and personal bison

Close and personal bison

And the animals are so close! You can get up close and personal with so many of them, and even the ones that are behind fences are still really close. It’s amazing.

Moose fight

Moose fight

We went on December 24th this year, and it was a great time to go. My mom couldn’t make it because she wanted to stay and clean up the place to get it ready for the traditional lobster dinner we normally have, but otherwise she would have come as well, she loves that place.

Wolves or coyote? Cute anyways!

Wolves or coyote? Cute anyways!

I highly recommend a visit to Parc Omega if you’re ever out east. Totally worth it.

Lonely ibex

Lonely ibex

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Throwback Thursday- Sans Souci riding camp

Throwback Thursday- Sans Souci riding camp

Yep, this is me from when I was 13 or 14? Jumping a horse at riding camp- Sans Souci.

This camp was a real highlight from when I was a kid, and at this camp, EVERYONE wanted to jump this one jump in the ‘hunt field’ and on my second year, I got to jump Picasso over it. Fun times! Looking at it now, it looks huge! What was I thinking? HAha.

I also rode at a camp called ‘the Horse People’ in Wendover ON, and I was sad to hear it shut down sometime in 2011 or so? It was quite expensive, a decently fun camp, but I still think Sans Souci was better. The Horse People tended to play the ‘money game’ a bit too well, if you get my drift.

Still, I heard there was a bit of a scandal when it closed down and rumours abounded that the owners (Bev and Wolfe) got scammed out of a large sum of money. That is very sad to hear, as I thought they would have The Horse People forever.

Here is a link to Sans Souci, which seems to be running as fine as always- http://www.sans-souci.qc.ca/main.html

Fond memories of blasting through X-C fences, wild pony days (god, I would pay good money to see those videos of when we jumped them over ‘challenging’ showjumps, and I literally fell off three or four times?)