During the month of June, Don and I temporarily relocated to Kanata Lakes as our home underwent renovations. Though we both grew up in the suburbs of Ottawa, we have been living in Hintonburg for the past six years. We have grown accustomed to shopping at our local bakeries and food shops, sipping on coffee and tea at Bridgehead and CycleLogik, and eating at small locally-owned restaurants. One of the best things about living in Hintonburg is the strong sense of community that has been built over the years. Everything is within walking distance and the businesses surrounding the area are predominately locally-owned. Residents and owners develop a relationship with one another. Don and I feel incredibly lucky to live in such an area. So, it was with some sadness we packed our suitcases and essentials and headed to Kanata.
Living in the west end, we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by big box-style restaurants and stores. Although there were a handful of local chain stores and restaurants around the Centrum area (Campeau Dr. and Kanata Ave.), nothing really caught our eye until we drove along the intersection of Beaverbrook and Teron Roads. Right at that intersection is the Beaverbrook Service Centre, a place for cars needing oil changes, a tune up, etc.
Established in 2002, its proprietor Tony Richardson opened the service centre with a focus on providing his local clients with good old-fashioned customer service. Now, you might be thinking, “Isn’t this a food blog? What’s with the car service talk?” Well, located in the centre is a whimsical shop, Roslyn’s Old Kanata Ice Cream.
Opened seasonally (late spring to early fall, and depending on the weather), Roslyn’s Old Kanata Ice Cream has been serving soft serve ice cream for several years now. During the hot summer days, young and old alike flock to this location to cool off with a delicious treat.
It is a charming ice cream shop inside the service centre. From the moment you walk in, there is just the slightest scent of motor oil in the air. Two young people with smiles on their faces are immediately ready to take your order, with one person to handle cash and the other to fill your order. As you can see in the picture below, there is a variety of ice creams, sundaes, and even “slurpee” (frozen drink) floats to choose from.
Don ordered a small swirl on a regular cone. For those who have forgotten, a swirl is half chocolate and half vanilla soft serve ice cream. This was once a very popular treat at McDonald’s, but was eventually phased out. I ordered a small swirl on a waffle cone.
Don and I quite enjoyed our treats, as the soft serve ice cream tasted less sweet than what Dairy Queen serves. Don also thought mine tasted better simply because it was on a waffle cone. He preferred the different textures, particularly the crunch my waffle cone offered.
Since that evening, Don and I have been back for more, usually on foot. With each visit, we see young and old alike sitting on the benches and large stones around the parking lot happily licking their cones. Others still are sitting in their cars with the doors wide open. You won’t be disappointed with your cool treat!
Update: A photo of the Roslyn’s on a sunny afternoon.
Beaverbrook Service Centre