Ottawa is in the process of changing up the nice, proper-but-a-tad-stiff image it has rocked since I visited as a child. Most people visit Ottawa on their grade ten school trip and never look back; I returned over the years because I have family there. What I found on last weekend's visit made me want to go back for more.
Lin Stranberg is a Vancouver-based writer and editor with a background in business and the media. She has been frequently awarded for business writing; in 2013 she received Visit California’s inaugural Eureka! Award for Best Digital Feature for her collaboration on a Huffington Post blog titled Los Angeles to San Francisco: From Goat Cheese to Gaultier.
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