Sunday, 15 January 2017

City of Ottawa Museum Events - January 2017

Warm Up at Your Local Museums This Winter

Play in the past. Make happy memories for the future.

Calling all explorers! Kids between 3 and 10 years old are invited to come to the Nepean Museum on the last Saturday afternoon of every month to explore the fascinating history of Nepean through fun hands-on games, crafts, and activities. There'll be a new theme every month; in January we'll take a look at the history of photography and even make a pinhole camera.

Make New Friends this PA Day

Looking for something fun to do on the January 30 PA Day? Come out to Billings Estate National Historic Site or the Nepean Museum for some winter fun! Kids aged 6 to 10 will discover how people kept warm and entertained themselves in the winters of the past. At Billings Estate National Historic Site, we'll look at some real artefacts, play games outside, do some painting, and bake a tasty treat. At Nepean Museum, we'll do some snowshoeing, make a vintage stereoscope, and play with some old fashioned toys. Registration is required, so please contact us for more information.

Preschool Play Dates are back at Billings Estate National Historic Site this winter! On Fridays in February and March from 10 am to 11 am, children aged 3 to 5 and their parents can meet up and play in a fun and historic environment. In February, preschoolers will learn about the four seasons, animal tracks, hibernating animals, and winter birds. Registration is required, so please contact us for more information.

Enjoy the fresh air as you join us for Snowshoeing under the Stars and Sunday Snowshoeing at picturesque Pinhey's Point Historic Site. We'll teach you the basics of the sport and take you on a hike exploring the varied natural and historical features of this beautiful location on the Ottawa River. Snowshoeing Under the Stars takes place on January 27, February 17, and March 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm and our new family Sunday Snowshoeing takes place on January 29, February 26, and March 12 from 10 am to 12 noon. Space and snowshoes are limited, so please contact us for more information.

Gather around the campfire at Billings Estate National Historic Site and make traditional recipes on Saturday mornings this February. Children aged 8 to 10 are invited to learn more about the history of cooking and the Billings family while playing games, exploring the site and checking out some authentic cooking artefacts. We'll try out different recipes every week, including pioneer bannock bread, Victorian snickerdoodles, and lumberjack pancakes. Registration is required, so please contact us for more information.

Our Museums are on the Road!

The City of Ottawa Museums are on the move this winter, bringing history to life for residents of Ottawa. Come see us at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Saturday, February 4 as part of FĂȘte Frissons, where we'll be talking about ice harvesting on the Ottawa River. You can even try out some antique ice tongs for yourself! If you make it to City Hall during Winterlude, be sure to stop by and say hi to our staff who will be on hand on Sunday, February 5, 12, and 19 to show families what life was like during Ottawa winters of the past through games, crafts, and hands-on activities. 

Artefact Showcase

  This soup tureen is part of the City of Ottawa Museums archaeology collection and was one of many artefacts uncovered and preserved during the LeBreton Flats redevelopment project. This tureen was found on the former site of the Levi Young house, located on Lloyd Street right across from where the Canadian War Museum is now. The house was built in the 1870s and occupied until 1901, when it was used as a foundry. You can see more artefacts just like this one in the upcoming archaeology exhibition at Ottawa City Hall.

Archaeology Exhibition at City Hall

A special exhibition will be coming soon to the Heritage Building at Ottawa City Hall. The exhibition will feature a selection of archaeological objects from the of the City of Ottawa Museums artefact collection, many on display for the first time. These found treasures from Ottawa's history will paint a picture of the city's history and tell the stories of those who came before us. Keep following this newsletter to find out more as work on this exhibition continues.

Planning a Summer Event?

Do you know someone who got engaged over the holiday season? Are you planning a corporate picnic or family reunion this summer? Why not consider one of the City of Ottawa Museums for your next event? Our museums offer modern conveniences in a heritage atmosphere, each with a different flavour. You and your guests can sit in the apple orchard at Fairfields Heritage House, admire the gardens at Billings Estate National Historic Site, take photos of all the rustic heritage buildings at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, or take in the breathtaking views of the Ottawa River at Pinhey's Point Historic Site. For more information about rentals at our museums, please contact us.

New Year, New Opportunities

If you've made a resolution to give back to your community this year, consider volunteering with the City of Ottawa Museums. We've got a wide selection of different opportunities all across the city, from working with our artefact collection to helping out at our popular special events. Please contact us to learn more.

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Next QTSRCA Meeting - January 9th, 2017

The Queensway Terrace South Ridgeview Community Association (QTSRCA) will be holding our next monthly meeting on January 9th, 7:30-9:00 and you are welcome to join us.  A copy of the agenda for the meeting is available at this link.

When: January 9th, 7:30 pm 
Where: Sonny’s Bar and Grill – 1119 Baxter Rd

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Free Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

Ottawa City Hall Party

Sesquicentennial Celebrations at Ottawa City Hall. This early-evening NYE party will offer family-friendly activities and the lighting of a spectacular gas-powered cauldron in Marion Dewar Plaza. From the cauldron, students will form a human chain through Ottawa’s downtown core to symbolize youthful optimism. The cauldron, which is approximately 16 feet high and 13 feet wide, will be located near the memorial fountain next to Laurier Avenue. This event is free.

Parliament Hill Party

Celebrate – Canada 150 Kick Off will take place on Parliament Hill at 7:00 p.m. There will be special activities on both sides of the Ottawa River, including live music performances and a pyromusical fireworks show at 8:17 p.m., also known as 20:17! This celebration will kick off festivities all across the country! After the fireworks at 8:17 p.m., Canadian artists Radio Radio, Brett Kissel and Carly Rae Jepsen will take the stage. There will then be a second fireworks display at midnight. This event is free. Visit Ottawa Tourism’s Signature 2017 Events page for more details at

Hogmanay (Scottish Society of Ottawa) Party

The Scottish Society of Ottawa is throwing its fifth annual Hogmanay at Lansdowne's Aberdeen Pavilion. Hogmanay is what the Scots call New Year's Eve, and Ottawa's version will include music (with headliners, The Barra MacNeils), dancing, skating, food and drink, and activities for children. There will be two countdowns: one at the family-friendly hour of 7 p.m. to countdown with the folks Scotland, and another at midnight to ring in the Canadian New Year. Admission is free. Expect numerous renditions of Auld Lang Syne. For more information, visit the Hogman-eh! Website at

Rick Chiarelli’s Alcohol-Free New Year’s Eve Party

For the past quarter-century, College ward Coun. Rick Chiarelli has been hosting a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year's Eve party. This year is no different, and the 26th edition of the Centrepointe get-together starts at 6 p.m. at Ben Franklin Place. There will be sleigh rides, skating and live entertainment, with fireworks at 10 p.m.  For more information, visit the Rick Chiarelli Alcohol-Free New Year's website at

Monday, 19 December 2016

123rd Ottawa Scouts Holiday Bottle Drive

123rd Ottawa Scouts Holiday Bottle Drive

When: January 7th, 2017 (Starting at 9am)

Why: The money will be used to replace aging/old scout equipment for the local scout group


Step 1: Put bottles outside of door with a scout flyer attached (flyer delivered to your home by scout group - if you did not receive a flyer, simply add a piece of paper with the label "123rd Ottawa Scouts")

Step 2: Put the bottles out so they are visible from the road before 9am

Step 3: The scouts will take your bottles

Areas Covered:

Between Woodroffe and Greenbank, Baseline and the Queensway

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Community Ice Rink - Sunday 12:00-2:00 - Volunteers Needed

We are going to start building the ice for our community skating rink in Kilreen Park on Sunday, December 18th from 12:00-2:00pm.

What is Involved?

We need volunteers to help us pack down the snow for the rink.  This can be done with shovels, snow shoes and even by pulling sleds over the snow. 

When: Sunday, December 18th. 12:00-2:00pm

All are welcome and we would appreciate your help!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Our Lady of Victory (OLV) School 6th Annual Caroling Evening

Hello Neighbours,

Our Lady of Victory School Parent Council is hosting its 6th annual Caroling Evening on Friday December 16th.  We would like to let you know that students will be coming door to door on your street between 6 pm and 7 pm that evening.  We welcome you to answer your door and enjoy the beautiful Christmas Spirit and voices of our children.

We will be accepting donations of cash or non-perishable food items for a family in need from our school community.  We will be preparing a Christmas hamper for them to make their season a bit brighter.

Thank you!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Next QTSRCA Meeting - December 12th

The Queensway Terrace South Ridgeview Community Association (QTSRCA) will be holding our next monthly meeting on December 12th, 7:30-9:00 and you are welcome to join us.  A copy of the agenda for the meeting is available at this link.

A special information session will take place from 7:30-8:00 for all those who would like to volunteer with our community ice rink.

When: December 12th, 7:30 pm 
Where: Sonny’s Bar and Grill – 1119 Baxter Rd