Yes the Storyland Bunnies Are still Alive and Well I might Add…


Supergirl Jess Irvine sent me this video from today’s Kiss 105.3 Ottawa  morning show. She missed most of the interview– but they were chatting about the former Storyland Bunnies. I have written about them until the cows come home, as they were part of many childhoods from the Ottawa Valley and need to be remembered.


If you live in the Carleton Place area, or are even driving up Highway 7 you can see the original Storyland Bunny on the lot of Motorhouse car dealership staring at the Thruway Restaurant. Why is he staring at the Thruway Restaurant? Quite simple– there were those among us that felt the iconic bunny was scary or disconcerting. Excuse me? So my son Schuyleur Seccaspina, who owns that bunny, moved it from the front of the lot to the side to please the folks. The perfect location would be in my yard– but he is having none of that.



My sons Schuyleur and Perry 1990 at Storyland–Linda Seccaspina

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Here they are again Photo–InsideOttawaValley.com 2013

Nicki LaFramboise has the second bunny at the first ‘glamping’ site in Eastern Ontario. ELEMENTS LUXURY TENT CAMPING  is located on the former STORYLAND site, about a hour west of Ottawa– so no one need to worry–the  bunnies are in good hands–but again one of them ( I am looking at you my son) would look great in my front yard. (nudge nudge wink wink say no more say no more)


Nikki’s Bunny- Photo–CTV Ottawa News – CTV News

It was a sad day when that auction happened in 2013. It poured rain all day as each item was auctioned off piece by piece. I documented it as I wanted people to remember what we once had. After all, sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.


Photo-Linda Seccaspina

So thanks to Kiss 105.3  for bringing up what was once great and be thankful we had childhood memories like these before technology took over.


Photo-Linda Seccaspina

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

You can see the original Storyland Bunny at: 


Address: 10446 Hwy 7, Carleton Place, ON K7C 3P2
The Second Bunny

Elements Luxury Tented Camp & Nature Spa is closed for the season now but you can see him next year

Address: 793 Storyland Rd, Renfrew, ON K7V 3Z8


Storyland Memories–Facebook

The Day That Storyland Died (takes time for photos to load)

It’s What My Son Said….

Storyland bunny finds new home

For Glam’s Sake –Storyland Reinventing the Old Privy

Gone glamping in Renfrew

The Elements of Storyland-Are Those Bunnies Now in Bali Ha’i ?

The Elements of Storyland-Are Those Bunnies Now in Bali Ha’i ?




That was in 1994– so what happened when Storyland closed? Where did the bunnies move too?


One Bunny became part of Motorhouse’s entourage on Highway 7. But where did the other one go?

Nikki Laframboise had a dream and deep in the Ottawa Valley she created a wilderness oasis where nature and nurture meet. She called her shangri-la that opens tomorrow May 24th Elements Luxury Tented Camp and Nature Spa.


Nicki is opening the first ‘glamping’ site in Eastern Ontario. ELEMENTS LUXURY TENT CAMPING is located on the former STORYLAND site, about a hour west of Ottawa.  But what about that other bunny? What did she do with it?



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Company party at James Cavers tent, Lake Park, near Carleton Place, ON, 1894.




After- at Elements-circa 2016

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I heard he was in here…




Well that blanket is mussed up  in one of their canvas tents—either 16’x20’ or 14’x16’—already set up and furnished with luxury hotel style furnishing, bed linens, mosquito netting and even gilt mirrors that once graced Ottawa’s famous Chateau Laurier.

Maybe he is having a snack somewhere…

All he has to do is consult his campfire cookbook and, using his order card, check off the meals, picnic lunches and late night snacks he might like and when he would  like them delivered.

I heard he is well known by their wilderness butlers who will deliver everything to you, from the utensils, firewood and kitchenware (if required) to dishes and the washed, prepared and portioned food. Like a whole bunch of carrots!

So is he inside the park?


I heard he was into relaxing yoga and then hopped on to a bike and went for exciting mountain bike ride– but still no sight of him!

Someone saw him relaxing with a glass of wine by the waterfall– but where did he wander off too? You have to remember there are 89 acres of wooded wonderland to explore!!



Then there is that view at Champlain Lookout. In 1953 a large rock was found in the area bearing a chiselled inscription “Champlain Juin 2, 1613” however the authenticity of the inscription has been brought into question by the date format. The Champlain Lookout was a part of the landscape long before Storyland was founded and word is the Bunny goes up there a lot.
So where is he exactly?You are going to have to watch Carol Anne Mehan’s video to find out! Click Here

Do drop in to the Bali Ha’i of Renfrew


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793 Storyland Road
Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
K7V 3Z8
t: 613.432.8000
e: info@outdoorhotel.ca



Storyland Memories–Facebook

For Glam’s Sake –Storyland Reinventing the Old Privy

The Day That Storyland Died (takes time for photos to load)

It’s What My Son Said….

Gone glamping in Renfrew