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Hammertown gets Hammered

By mommakoala

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Environment Canada says the uprooted trees and flying debris of Friday’s vicious storm were the result of straight-line winds and not tornadoes.

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It sure didn’t feel like that. I witnessed a 30 year old maple tree slowing sideways, and listened to winds that sounded like a freight train. Lightening totally encircled us. The sky was active, and I was worried. Just as I was ready to grab my video camera, I heard a huge crack of lightening, and our home abruptly fell into darkness, as the wind continued to howl.

Unsure of what had happened, we cautiously ventured outside. The wind has settled, and our neighbourhood felt like an eerie gloom .

This is what we found….

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Hamilton is blessed with many old trees, but with these winds, they snapped like toothpicks.

Unfortunately some of our local orchards suffered a loss as well.

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The storm occurred Friday and there are still some areas that are still waiting for hydro to be reinstated.

All in all, I feel Mother Nature created a lot of drama, but I have to say I still feel fortunate. Sure, many of us suffered some personal loss, but there was no loss of life, and some clean up required. I think all the neighbourhoods were echoing with the sounds of chain saws.  Mother Nature left her mark, but few lost their homes and had to be relocated like other parts of our own country.

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Road Trip! ~ Win a One Night Stay at The Falls Inn {Ontario only}

By mommakoala

We at Picture Ontario love our road trips.

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You never know where we will end, up but we have discovered a gem which we have frequented several times.  It’s not a tourist trap, but a luxurious Inn approx. 30 miles south of Owen Sound.  Neatly tucked away along the Bruce trail, one may discover the resident fox, or capture nature at it’s finest.

Personally, this is a perfect getaway to unwind, take in the spa, have an amazing meal, or take in the history of the area. If you enjoy photography, this is a must. You are surrounded by historic buildings,  rich vegetation, and natural wild life.

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During one of our last adventures at The Falls Inn and Spa, the proprietor loved some of our photos and we are pleased they are using them on their site. Instead of monetary compensation, we decided to share our experience with you and allow someone the opportunity to win a 1 Night Stay in a Maple Suite for two including Continental Breakfast (certificate subject to availability & not including holidays). I should mention the continental breakfast is not your typical meal. My favourite has to be the french toast, topped with caramelized maple syrup, garnished with fresh apple slices, berries and nuts. While you are waiting for your breakfast, you feast on fresh tea biscuits topped with local preserves, and yogurt. Coffee/tea and juice are included.

I could go on and on, but true to Picture Ontario’s fashion, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Would you like to visit??

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Just take a deep breath and relax.

This is a typical view from your balcony.

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View our other images on Google+

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Here is your chance to win 1 Night Stay in a Maple Suite for two including Continental Breakfast!!!!

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All pictures are the property of Picture Ontario and may not be duplicated without written consent.








Last Car Standing Premiers April 22, 2013 on Discovery & Contest (Win $10,000 in Canadian Tire “Money”®)

By mommakoala


It’s our bucket of bolts, our money pit, or just a plain old piece of junk…call it want you want.

When we had the opportunity to participate in a new TV show called Last Car Standing, we didn’t hesitate. We saw it as a “win/win” situation. Dump the old wreck in style…OR…go for the  restoration glory.

Unfortunately we cannot spill out too many details because the show premiers April 22, 2013 on Discovery Channel at 10 pm.

Our 1995 Volvo Turbo Wagon fit into the Mid-Size category and we are pleased as punch that we are the first show out the gate.  We were not taped in that order.


View Video Guide for all the shows and categories

Last Car Standing pits the owners of extraordinarily lousy cars against each other in an escalating series of intense driving contests. In the space of each one hour show, we put five drivers through four high-impact elimination rounds until we’re left with the sole car-vivor. The stakes? The driver of the last car standing gets a $10,000 upgrade. Or, they can pass on the ten grand for a chance to compete in our playoff episode for a complete $50,000 automotive resurrection!

And for the losers? Each eliminated beater will get impaled in front of its owner’s eyes on our massive Spike of Shame

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Debbie and Bill Watson (aka Turbo Bill) with the host of Last Car Standing, Christian Potenza

The Contest (Starting April 22, 2013)

The Grand Finale winner isn’t the only lucky one!

One viewer will also have the chance to fix up their own wheels – or anything else in desperate need – with $10,000 in Canadian Tire “Money”®. Together with the broadcast premiere on April 22, LAST CAR STANDING and Canadian Tire will launch an online photo contest at . To enter, viewers can upload photos of their own cars for a chance at the Grand Prize: a briefcase containing $10,000 in Canadian Tire “Money”®. Nine secondary prizes – gift packs containing car products – will be randomly drawn and awarded weekly. The interactive experience extends through the Discovery Social Screen and on mobile via the Discovery App; and viewers can drive the LAST CAR STANDING conversation with host Christian Potenza during LIVE chats on Twitter (@LastCarStanding) during each Monday’s 10 p.m. ET broadcast (hashtag #Last Car).

At, viewers can watch full episodes and video extras, explore photo galleries, and find series and episode descriptions.


Last Car Standing On Twitter

Last Car Standing on Facebook

Turbo Bill on twitter

Turbo Bill event page on facebook for additional photos and conversation


Promotional Post only. Contest is sponsored by Canadian Tire.  We were not compensated for this post.

2nd Annual Niagara Falls Comic Con June 8th & 9th, 2014

By mommakoala

Scotiabank Convention Centre
6815 Stanley Avenue (Hall C)
Niagara Falls. Ontario. Canada

(905) 357-6222

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Last year Picture Ontario had the privilege of attending the Niagara Falls Comic Con.

To sum it up, it was a celebrating stuffed venue catering to anything comic.

True to our motto, a picture is worth a thousand words, so we will let the pictures do the talking.




My 1:1 conversation with Robert Picardo

View all our photos via Google+

Remain current with all the news re: Niagara Falls Comic Con via facebook

We hope to see you there!!!!

“You are not the droids we are looking for”


All pictures are the property of Picture Ontario and may not be duplicated without written consent.

All opinions are our own and we are not financially compensated for this post.


By mommakoala
Picture Ontario is pleased to announce that we will be donating our photography services for this event!!

When: March 7 12:00 until March 8 02:00

Where: Hamilton Convention Centre


Our beloved fellow Hamiltonian, blues and Detroit “Mo-Town” legend, Harrison Kennedy, has been recently diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and is in need of funds to assist with his treatments (not covered by the usual public Ontario Hospitalization Insurance Plan – OHIP) here in Ontario, Canada.The goal of his friends here in this traditionally generous city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Harrison’s hometown) is to raise $30,000 …. Harrison requires the funding to have his special treatment be successful.

This fundraiser will include a variety of performing local/international artists, vendors and both “live” and “silent” auctions.
(For those of you that would like to become a vendor or donate an item to the “live” and “silent” auction please contact us at the email that is provided below.)

Co-incidentally, Harrison’s birthday is on March 9th so this will be a great opportunity to also celebrate with him.

You can also purchase your tickets and make a donation on Eventbrite.TICKET & CONTACT INFORMATION:

As well as 14 hours of amazing arts and entertainment ticket prices include:

A different colored wrist band will be provided for either prices!

$60.00 (INCLUDES: In and out privileges at the Hamilton Convention Centre from 12:00 pm-2:00am)

$100.00 (INCLUDES: In and out privileges at the Hamilton Convention Centre from 12:00pm-2:00am and a buffet style dinner)

$100.00 For a vendors space at the event!!


This will be a STAR studded event!!!!!
NOTE: Immortalizing Marketing & Promotions Inc. and all participants including Ken Price of the Harrison Kennedy Benefit is volunteering their time and not getting paid. All funds are going directly to Harrison’s account that was set up for this purpose!

HMCS Ojibwa: Cold War Submarine Receives Warm Reception

By mommakoala

It’s Tuesday November 20th, 2012 and Port Burwell received it’s most anticipated guest, which will be taking up permanent residence on Big Otter Creek.

8 am: The air is chilled and the fog is thick as HMCS OJIBWA appears


Port Burwell was once a  bustling port and rail terminal for much of its history,  is presently a favourite seasonal location rich with beaches and it’s Provincial Park.  Picture Ontario has been welcomed into their community as their own, being greeted with friendly faces, and good old fashioned hospitality.  We are into our third day of covering the Ojibwa tracing it’s arrival. The residents of Port Burwell now see us as familiar faces and treat us as their own.

Preparing the break wall for land transfer

 Mammoet Heavy Lift Movers (similar to those that move the Shuttle) will be positioned under the submarine itself to transport to it’s permanent location.


At this time we would like to share it’s progress since arrival. Currently,  it is situated at the pier waiting for it’s last length of it’s 3 year journey. It’s had a few obstacles during it’s travels, and of course there is one last one last bump in the road, as explained in this video,  before the submarine will call Port Burwell it’s permanent home.


Thursday November 22:  Press conference (Video: Picture Ontario)

Port Burwell  anticipates tourism will be boosted by  featuring  the decommissioned HMCS Ojibwa, an Oberon Class submarine of the Cold War period.

Close and personal : At her temporary location


We are returning Saturday to document her final journey. Fingers crossed!


All pictures & Video are property of Picture Ontario and may not be duplicated without written consent.

Has #Sandy Dampened Your Halloween Spirit?

By mommakoala

All you have to do is simply Google Hurricane Sandy, and there are images plastered all over the internet, marking her devastation. Fortunately, she lost her momentum, and Southern Ontario escaped her wrath.  Sure, we might have a foot uprooted trees, and a few were briefly inconvenienced with power outages. Flooded basements are almost routine in our area.

We investigated our own neighbourhood, and the rolling fog reminded me of October 31. Is Halloween a wash out ?(please excuse the pun)

Picture Ontario was invited to a local school to check out their Halloween antics. This event took place just as Sandy was expected to arrive. In no way did she dampen the Halloween spirit.

Teachers, organizers, and students pulled out all the props to make the night a huge success.

The entire event was sponsored allowing free admission, and treats for the attendees.  They requested a donation of a non perishable food item and although I did not receive the actual amount donated, I saw several carts overflowing with donations being moved from the main entrance.

We  LOVE Halloween!

This is a typical scene, but most of our props are back in the garage. Our front lawn is a swamp.

Maybe I can work around that and create something to do with swamp people.

In the event we are stuck indoors for Spooky night, there are lots of activities listed throughout the internet. To make life easier for you, use this link for ideas. I Googled it for you.


All images are property of Picture Ontario and may not be reproduced without written consent.



Fall Colours & Announcing the next Giveaway

By mommakoala

I love this time of year.  The colours are vibrant and around every corner is a postcard picture. Picture Ontario has spent the last couple of weeks traveling around the country side gathering some of natures fall scenery.

The only sad thought, after the leaves fall, we know what is around the corner….but we will put that thought on hold.

Albion Falls, Hamilton

Devil’s Punch Bowl, Hamilton


Coming soon!!! 

Our review of The Falls Inn-Walters Falls plus a giveaway.


What a view!!!

We will be giving you a  chance to win a night away from it all!

Just a heads up.  Head over to  The Falls Inn-Walters Falls , and like them on facebook.

All images are property of Picture Ontario and may not be reproduced without written consent.


Broadening Our Travels + Win a Sylvania SMPK4600 Micro Video MP3 Player {Canada only}

By mommakoala

Picture Ontario recently had the privilege of visiting Calgary Alberta for a few days. Although the trip was work related, I was able to squeeze in some time to act like a tourist.

One highlight  is Stephen Avenue, deep in the heart of Downtown Calgary. It is rich with history and a common tourist area attracting anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people during peak times.

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Unique shops and sculptures

Popular area for movie shoots

Calgary compliments old with  new architecture

Street Performers

Fall colours

A friendly howdy

A glimpse of the Rockies

There is so much to see and do in Calgary and there is no doubt I will return!!



*Open to Canada only. Age 18 and older. No po boxes please

(Image from Sylvania stock images)

Traveling  means bringing along those handy devices that keep you connected to your favourite tunes.

Win a Sylvania  SMPK4600 Micro Video MP3 Player

- 4GB memory

- 1.5″ LCD Colour screen

-Build in voice recorder

-Built in rechargeable Li-On Battery

-Colour Purple

Enter via Rafflecopter form below (please give it a moment to load)



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Introducing Deal Haven + giveaway

By mommakoala

I love it when I see friends enter into the world of blogging, and for me this is exceptionally exciting. Sally, Kelly  & I go way back, working side by side moderating and blogging for a popular forum.  Like many, time goes on and it’s time to spread our wings and express ourselves in the way we like. With this all said, I am proud to announce.

Deal Haven

Message from the gals.

“Hi there! We are Canadian ladies who have a love for blogging. Our intent is to bring you the hottest sales, deals, coupons and freebies Canada has to offer in a haven like atmosphere. So sit back drink your coffee and check out today’s offerings.”

Deal Haven is current with contesting, offers, deals, freebies and everything good for the consumer.

Deal Haven is running  a pre- launch mini giveaway for their readers. A $30 electronic gift card! Don’t forget shipping on most orders over $25 is free.

Entry is simple. Just comment on their blog and you are entered.  Go to the blog to enter! Contest ends September 20 Click here for Deal Haven’s rules and regulations.

Please remember to like  Deal Haven on facebook and sign up for their blog updates.

Follow Deal Haven on twitter

These gals are ambitious, and I know they have some exciting things coming their way.