Isabel Payne

Features Writer

Isabel is the Director of Operations at Ottawa Life Magazine. She has a vast love of languages and is currently studying Thai and Italian. When not directing operations, Isabel can be found trying to bribe her canine BFF into posing for her camera or spending quality gaming time with her Xbox.
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Florals Are In Fashion This Week at Bayshore Shopping Centre

Florals Are In Fashion This Week at Bayshore Shopping Centre

Photos by Isabel Payne Fleurs de Villes has made a return to Ottawa! Marking their second year in Ottawa, Fleurs de Villes combines floral art with high fashion, showcasing the work of each city’s top florists, stylists and nurseries to exhibit the best each city has to offer. This year’s [...]

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Searching For the Essence of  Adventure

Searching For the Essence of  Adventure

It’s 5:30 a.m. somewhere in Greenland . . . where exactly, I’m not sure. With the first rays of light, the silhouettes of massive, jagged mountains surrounding our ship begin to appear. As the sun rises, the gentle waves change from black to a deep sparkling blue, and the mountains [...]

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Five Reasons to Love Astana

Five Reasons to Love Astana

Located in northern regions of the country, Astana (??????) is the capital of Kazakhstan, and home to the country’s federal government. Originally a settlement called Akmoly, the city was renamed Astana a year after it was made the capital in 1997. The capital is relatively easy for Canadians to [...]

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Book Review: Rescued

Book Review: Rescued

Rescued by Peter Zheutlin Not all rescue stories follow the same "who rescued who" perspective, nor are they all sunshine and daisies. This is what author Peter Zheutlin aims to capture in his upcoming book, Rescued. In this book, a follow-up to his New York Times best-selling book, Rescue [...]

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Golf Goes to the Dogs at the 2nd Annual Just Fore Dogs Golf Tournament

Golf Goes to the Dogs at the 2nd Annual Just Fore Dogs Golf Tournament

On September 10th, 2017, the Cedarhill Golf & Country Club will be going to the dogs! The Just Fore Dogs Golf Tournament is back for it’s second year, raising much needed funds for homeless dogs in Ottawa. This year, proceeds will go towards helping two local rescues, Freedom Dog Rescue and [...]

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Finding Gobi: A Little Dog's Big Journey to Find a Family

Finding Gobi: A Little Dog's Big Journey to Find a Family

Images from Finding Gobi. I once heard a saying from the woman who volunteers with a local dog rescue that “you don’t choose the dog, the dog chooses you”. Whether it be a goofy smile through the cage door in a shelter, or a quick kiss on a hand during a meet and greet with a potential [...]

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Celestyal Cruises: The Authentic Cuba

Celestyal Cruises: The Authentic Cuba

Feature photo provided by Celestyal Cruises. Other photos taken by Isabel Payne. Celestyal’s onboard destination expert, Dr. Jorge Arocha, describes the Republic of Cuba as a pot of Ajico — a melting pot of many elements, peoples and cultures that formed the country into what it is today. [...]

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Step Outside With Kamik's Eco-friendly Footwear

Step Outside With Kamik's Eco-friendly Footwear

Photos provided by Kamik. Minutes away from the Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau airport in Montreal lays a Canadian jewel that has been polished to perfection for over 100 years. Many of you will recognize the iconic Inuksuk logo sewn onto our childhood boots as we thrashed and played through countless Canadian [...]

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Saving Those With No Voice: How One Organization is Saving the Lives of Thousands

Saving Those With No Voice: How One Organization is Saving the Lives of Thousands

Photos by Isabel Payne. Since before I could remember I’ve always had space in my heart for animals, with the biggest space reserved specifically for dogs. Having spent many of my childhood summers visiting family in Thailand, it always broke my heart to see so many dogs and cats living in deplorable [...]

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Celebrate 150 Years of Niceness With Roots and WE

Celebrate 150 Years of Niceness With Roots and WE

Feature photo: Artwork by Indigenous artist Raven Davis unveiled earlier today at Roots Rideau Centre. More artworks by various Canadian artists are being displayed at Roots locations in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Roots Rideau Centre announced their Be Nice campaign today, happening in partnership [...]

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