What’s happening in Ottawa this weekend: January 21-23

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CTVNewsOttawa.ca takes a look at what to do in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec during Ontario’s modified Stage 2 restrictions.

Check the current COVID-19 restrictions in each province before you go this weekend.

A full list of Quebec restrictions can be found here. A full list of Ontario restrictions can be found here.

RIDEAU CANAL SKATING RINK

The green flag flies over the largest ice rink in the world.

The 7.8 kilometer Rideau Canal Skateway is open between the National Arts Center and Hartswell Locks.

The NCC is recommending that people wear a mask or face covering on the rink, while masks will be mandatory in restrooms and in lineups at concession stands.

All locker rooms and foyers will remain closed this winter due to public health measures related to COVID-19.

ACTIVE TRANSPORT ON THE PARKWAY

If you don’t want to skate, you can walk, run or cycle along Queen Elizabeth Drive this weekend.

The NCC closes a section of Queen Elizabeth Driveway from Fifth Avenue to Somerset Street to vehicles Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the National Capital Commission website.

SKATING

You can go skating at one of Ottawa’s refrigerated outdoor rinks.

Ice Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall

Lansdowne Park Skating Rink

Skating rink Place Ben Franklin

Jim Tubman Chevrolet Ice Rink

Residents must book at ottawa.ca/skating skate on the four rinks during peak periods.

For a list of outdoor rinks in the City of Ottawa, visit https://ottawa.ca/en/recreation-and-parks/skating/outdoor-skating-rinks.

OUTDOOR SKATING RINKS IN THE REGION

  • Gatineau has 82 outdoor rinks available. For more information, visit Gatineau website

  • The Springer Market Square skating rink in the City of Kingston is open. For more information on other rinks in Kingston, visit the city website

ICELYND SKATING TRAILS

Former Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil and his friends invite you to skate on Ottawa’s brand new outdoor ramp.

Icelynd Skating Trails and Outdoor Skating Rink is located on Fernbank Road, just minutes from Stittsville.

Skate the forest trails this weekend. Passes must be purchased in advance.

For more information, visit icelynd.com.

Icelynd Skating Trails

RIVEROAK – NATURE’S PLAYGROUND

Skate through an orchard, forest and meadows on the RiverOak Winter Trails on York’s Corners Road in Ottawa.

If you don’t want to skate, RiverOak also offers snowshoeing and hiking trails.

For more information, visit https://www.riveroak.ca/skating.

RiverOak Skating Trail

COUNTRYSIDE ADVENTURES

Countryside Adventures offers you a three kilometer skate through the woods.

There are also three kilometers of snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, as well as a tubing track.

Countryside Adventures is located at 16495 Sixth Rd. in Moose Creek, 45 minutes north of downtown Ottawa.

For more information, visit https://www.countrysideadventures.ca/.

Country Adventures

THE LITTLE PENGUIN TRAIL

Discover the Sentier du Petit Pengouin, an outdoor ice rink set up on the Golf de Touraine.

Located just 25 minutes from downtown Ottawa on Chemin Taché in Gatineau, come skate on more than 5 kilometers of icy trails surrounded by nature.

A daily pass starts at $15.

For more information, visit https://thelittlepenguintrail.com/

Little Penguin Trail

FOREST SKATING

Skate in the forest 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa.

Discover the enchanting site of skating in the forest at Patinage en Forêt in Lac-Des-Loups, Que.

Proof of vaccination and photo ID are required to access Patinage en Forêt. The cost is $18 for adults and $14 for children.

For more information, visit https://www.patinageenforet.com/fr/.

Skating in the Forest

GATINEAU PARK

Fresh snow awaits you this weekend in Gatineau Park.

You can practice cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking and winter hiking.

For more information and winter passes to access the park, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/gatineau-parkhttps://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/gatineau-park

WINTER TRAILS IN OTTAWA

Over 100 kilometers of trails are maintained in Ottawa for winter recreational activities.

The National Capital Commission invites you to go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking and walking. Access is free.

The pitches include the Blue Sea the Rideau Conservation Area and Winter Trail along the Rideau River.

For more information on winter trails in Ottawa, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/groomed-multi-use-winter-sentiers

MOONEY’S BAY SKI CENTER

Mooney’s Bay Ski Center at the Terry Fox Sports Facility features 5 kilometers of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, including lighted trails for night skiing.

For more information, visit https://ottawa.ca/en/recreation-and-parks/sports#mooneys-bay-ski-centre

PINHEY FOREST TRAILS

You can take a winter hike on two trails in the Pinhey Forest in the city of Ottawa.

Year-round parking access available behind the Nepean Sportsplex.

For more information, visit https://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/index.php?url=trails/view/pinhey-forest-trails

SKI

Ski resorts are open in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Visit each station’s website for details.

OTTAWA FARMERS MARKET

The Ottawa Farmers Market Winter Market is open every Sunday at Lansdowne Park.

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Aberdeen Pavilion.

THE AUTHOR’S PATH TO THE RICHELIEU VANIER FOREST

The Museopark presents Le Chemin de l’auteur in the Richelieu Vanier forest.

Let yourself be seduced by the writing of the authors who built the Franco-Ontarian identity.

“Our trail is dedicated to the men and women authors of novels, poetry, theater and folklore who have shaped the cultural heritage of French Ontario,” said Museoparc, noting that there are no less than 30 authors hidden in the forest.

Admission is free, while a guided tour costs $5.

For more information, visit https://museoparc.ca/the-museum/the-authors-path/.

OTTAWA FIRE VIRTUAL TOURS

The Ottawa Fire Service invites you to virtually visit two fire stations.

The service has partnered with a local videographer to create two high-quality virtual tours of Barracks 53 in Orléans and Barracks 73 in Vars.

The virtual tours of the stations are in English with French subtitles.

For station 53, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx6dyMNVkLE

For station 73, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3hqBTnW29k

WALKING TOUR RECONCILING HISTORY

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada invites you to join a self-guided Reconciling History walking tour.

“Each point of interest is an opportunity to learn more about the role of non-Indigenous peoples and the federal government in residential schools, and the lessons we can learn from history to address contemporary injustices experienced by Indigenous peoples. native people,” the company said.

For more information, visit https://fncaringsociety.com/reconciliation-walking-tours.

FRIDAYS ON THE FOURTH

The National Arts Center presents Fridays at the Fourth with Matt Boudreau.

Enjoy a Facebook Live concert with Matt Boudreau on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/29931.

MUSEUMS

Ottawa museums are closed while Ontario is in a modified phase two. The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau is also currently closed.

Visit each museum’s website for more information.

OMEGA PARK

Parc Oméga is open in Montebello, Quebec.

For more information, visit https://www.parcomega.ca/en/.

Feed the tits

On a family winter hike, feed the chickadees.

You can find chickadees at Stony Swamp Conservation, Mud Lake Conservation and Mer Bleue.

For more information, visit https://ottawariverlifestyle.com/blogs/news/where-to-feed-chickadees-in-ottawa

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