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#1 Band105

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 20:29

Hi all!
Official business calls me to cross the Atlantic tomorrow and I'll be spending the coming week in Ottawa.
As I just browsed through the schedule I've been sent I realize that I just might get a few hours of spare time.
So the question is - Does anyone have any recommendations for where to go to gaze at nice FP's?
As so many I also could take a few hints to where to look at secondhand (or should they be called "Vintage"??) pens.

I understand I just may be a little bit out of the "Clubs, Meeting and Events" - forum here but I just couldn't find a more proper sub-forum to post in

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 03:21

Bienvenue à Ottawa, hope you enjoy your stay here.

There are two shops that carry pens that I know of in Ottawa:
  • Wallacks, 231 Bank Street, an art supply shop that carries Watermans, Parkers, Pelikans, and a few others brands. Not a pen shop as such, but a pretty good assortment of good modern pens.
  • Paper Papier, at 18 Clarence Street, in the Byward Market area -- see photo below, that was taken some days ago. Lots of very nice restaurants and coffee shops nearby, where you will be able to try out your pens and the paper you can buy in the very same store.
I wouldn't count on finding anything vintage around Ottawa. Most of us pen enthusiasts raid the local antique malls and such on a regular basis, so there is very little left to pick, except perhaps, if you're in luck.

Good luck.

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Edited by Fernan, 03 May 2009 - 03:22.


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Posted 04 May 2009 - 00:55

Thanks for the directions, hope that I`ll have the time to visit them.
As for now the trip and the jetlag is kicking in and although it`s only 9.00 Pm my body tells me that its really 03 in the morning and I really ought to be in bed by now...

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#4 Parker51

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 02:09

I have three suggestions;

There is a local pen club in Ottawa however I believe that you have missed their monthly meeting,

There are some Fountain Pen Network members in the area that you might contact,

There is a Tulip Festival going on currently in Ottawa, not pen related, but interesting, especially the entertainment if you have time.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 02:17

QUOTE (Parker51 @ May 3 2009, 10:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There is a local pen club in Ottawa however I believe that you have missed their monthly meeting,

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Indeed, our monthly meeting was last Tuesday April 28th.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 02:17

QUOTE (Parker51 @ May 3 2009, 10:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There is a local pen club in Ottawa however I believe that you have missed their monthly meeting,

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Indeed, our monthly meeting was last Tuesday April 28th.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 21:02

Hi again,
I was able to find the Wallacks shop this afternoon and was a bit disappointed.
The crew inside wasn`t to helpful but finally assisted me in looking at a nice Pelikan 600 ,

Sadly the exchange rate of swedish kronor into Canadian dollars wasn`t helping the impression, and I made no buy. I guess the personnel cant be blamed for my countrys low rating on the currency market but honestly they seemed a little too un-interested in selling anything.
Sad, because otherwise my impression of Ottawa has been nothing but very positive.

I will try to make it to Paper-Papier before I leave and hope for bargains there... unsure.gif

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 00:47

I'm returning back to Ottawa from college for the summer, and was wondering if there is any good place to buy FP ink in town. I wasn't paying attention to these sort of shops when I was living in Ottawa. Though I been to PaperPapier, and really liked the store environment. But I didn't try making a purchase though, I was accompanying someone else.

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 00:52

QUOTE (Fernan @ May 2 2009, 11:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bienvenue à Ottawa, hope you enjoy your stay here.

There are two shops that carry pens that I know of in Ottawa:
  • Wallacks, 231 Bank Street, an art supply shop that carries Watermans, Parkers, Pelikans, and a few others brands. Not a pen shop as such, but a pretty good assortment of good modern pens.
  • Paper Papier, at 18 Clarence Street, in the Byward Market area -- see photo below, that was taken some days ago. Lots of very nice restaurants and coffee shops nearby, where you will be able to try out your pens and the paper you can buy in the very same store.
I wouldn't count on finding anything vintage around Ottawa. Most of us pen enthusiasts raid the local antique malls and such on a regular basis, so there is very little left to pick, except perhaps, if you're in luck.

Good luck.

Paper_Papier_600.jpg

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 17:19

Glad I found this post, I will be spending a couple of days in Ottawa in the near future. Hope I can make it down to the Market.

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 23:20

I've been lurking on here for some time now, and when I had an opportunity to go to Ottawa, I finally decided to register. Here in Raleigh, NC it's hard to find a place to actually hold a good pen, so I may be checking out these places next week when in Ottawa. In one month I've gone from being surprised that I'd pay $30 for a pen (Lamy Al-Star) to thinking $200 is a good deal. I love writing with the Lamy. Hope to hold and maybe buy a Pelikan or something a little more forgiving (gold and malleable).

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 19:39

At the risk of resurrecting an old thread...

I'll be dropping into Ottawa for only the second time since I moved away at age 13 (only 33 years ago...)

Anything new in the pen world around Ottawa since the last time this thread saw the light of day?

Ken






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