In Gord We Trust

On October 18, 2017, Canadians awoke to sad news. Gord Downie, lead singer of the band The Tragically Hip, passed away on October 17, surrounded by loved ones. Downie had an incurable form of brain cancer. It was expressed in an official statement on the band's website, that "Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips." Downie had such an amazing love for the country he called home, and led many philanthropic endeavours in environmentalism, Indigenous affairs, and more. Since Downie's passing, many tributes have popped up around the country, including this humble monument to a humble legend.

This piano can be found in A. Y. Jackson Park in Manotick, Ontario.

The Carleton Butterflies

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending Carleton University's annual Butterfly Exhibit. The exhibit is put on by the Department of Biology each year in late September, early October. It is a beautiful show to attend, and it is free! I know I am definitely going back next year. For more information on the annual Carleton Butterfly Exhibit, click here.

The Toronto Zoo

For anyone who follows me on Instagram, you may have seen the news that I was off for a short three-day vacation to Niagara Falls at the start of the week. It was an incredible trip (with photos I will be posting here soon) and I would love to go back one day.

On the way home my travelling partner and I stopped at the Toronto Zoo. It's the last summer to see the giant pandas and I just had to see them (they are my favourite animal, and this visit only made me love them more!). Of course, we visited some of the other wonderful zoo creatures which you can find in my images below. Enjoy!

To learn more about the Toronto Zoo and their conservation efforts visit them on their website at