We headed down to Major’s Hill Park this past Sunday – Tyler was volunteering as part of a musical group to back up Grace, a sweet 12 year old girl from Stittsville and a heck of a singer, on stage for the world partnership walk. This is the largest fundraising event against global poverty in Canada, and is run completely by volunteers.
I wanted to go down and watch, but felt bad leaving Herman at home on his birthday, especially since it was such a gorgeous and hot sunny day (and we haven’t had a ton of those so far this year!) I Googled to try to figure out if dogs were allowed at Major’s Hill Park, and found the National Capital Commission’s website (which didn’t say either way), this blog post detailing walks in Lowertown for dogs which says they ARE allowed, and this post about the Tulip Festival with a note that dogs are NOT allowed.
I hemmed and hawed for a bit but decided to bring him, packing my Kobo just in case he wasn’t allowed in, and figuring that worst case I could help Tyler with his gear and then take Herman for a walk downtown, find a shady spot on a bench somewhere and read. This is one thing I have to say I like about Toronto – dogs are widely accepted on patios and even the subway.
Good news though! I am here to let you know that in Ottawa – Dogs are allowed, on leash, at Major’s Hill Park!
So Herman spent a happy couple of hours frolicking along the green paths, meeting babies and children, wagging his tail whenever the crowd cheered and clapped for the fundraising accomplishments being pointed out.
Major’s Hill Park is a really pretty area that’s smack dab between some of the most beautiful buildings in Ottawa, and along the gravel paths are flowers in orange, pink and red, as well as leafy trees, swaying in the heat of the blazing sun. You can see the tops of the Parliament buildings, out over the Ottawa river, and the Art Gallery in the distance. It houses hundreds of tulips in the spring, and is a great place to catch the fantastic fireworks on Canada Day.
We had a quick bite to eat, lounged around in the grass, chatting, and then the guys in Jackson Miles, including Tyler took the stage to back up Grace, who sounded awesome as she belted out entertaining classics that suited her strong, country-tinged voice, like “Walking on Sunshine” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The crowd loved her, and so did Herman who showed his appreciated by singing along with his best howl.
Video proof below: