Celebrating the end of summer vacation in the National Capital Region

First-year college student Jacob Mol does heavy work on the last day before school starts.

“I’m carrying a sofa,” Mol said as they walked along Cumberland Street with several other freshmen. “I think it’s a team building exercise; It’s so much fun.”

The uOttawa engineering student continues the annual tradition of carrying a sofa with his classmates throughout the nation’s capital.

“We started at 8:30 a.m. and walked around downtown, familiarizing them with the place and also introducing them to the area,” said college student Zach Nott.

“You can have fun with the people you’re going to take lessons with and it’s great fun before you start lessons,” Mol said.

As freshmen feel comfortable in their new home, others celebrate the unofficial end of summer.

In Gatineau, many lined up for a last ride on the Ferris wheel. If you were up at dawn, you might have had the last glimpse of hot air balloons in the sky at the end of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival.

In Barrhaven, a mini block party was organized for close neighbors, complete with a bouncy castle for the little ones.

“It’s about bringing the family together, especially with school opening tomorrow,” said Peter Affum.

For Agnes Kittoe-Affum and her family, this gathering was also a goodbye.

“We’re actually leaving the neighborhood soon, so it’s important that we reunite with our amazing neighbors for just one last hurray,” she said.