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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on July 9, 2020




After what was bound to be a difficult week, working from home in this heat, this weekend calls for more of the same. It’s another hot one here in the city and we’ve lots of great ways to keep cool in this week’s edition of the Weekend Roundup!

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The beaches are open and there are a bunch of outdoor and indoor pools reopening where you can cool off around town this weekend. If you’re looking to go for a swim, Westboro Beach is not your best bet this weekend, but Mooney’s Bay and Petrie Island are still safe to swim at. There are also a bunch of splash pads located in several local parks, if you want to cool off without the need to get into your swimsuit.

There are also ways to have fun on the water, rather than in the water, this weekend. You can rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, or paddleboards and tour around Dow’s Lake and the Rideau Canal. You can also rent a paddleboard from Ottawa SUP on Bank Street by the Rideau River and either head right on down to the water, or take the board for a spin on any of the other waterways in and around town. 

If you are looking to get out of the city and take a day trip to some of the great spots nearby, we suggest checking out Wakefield. Visit the Wakefield Covered Bridge, cool off with a refreshing swim, have a picnic at one of many great spots around the village, or spend the afternoon paddling about. Don’t have a canoe of your own? Don’t worry! Expeditions Wakefield are renting canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards to make your dreams of a great day on the water a reality. 

The Urban Drive-in at Zibi begins this weekend, with shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Gates open at 7:30pm and two back-to-back movies will be shown per evening: Charlie’s Angels and Men in Black on Thursday, The Equalizer and John Wick on Friday, and Skyfall and Specter on Saturday. Tickets must be bought online.

After what seems like forever, the Ottawa Art Gallery is reopening its doors to the public this weekend. As always, the OAG remains free to visit, but you are no longer able to just drop by. Reservations can be made online for a two hour time slot to view the galleries. To read more about what the OAG is doing to keep folks safe, while enjoying their impressive space, check out this great Apt613 article with all the details.

Just over the bridge in Gatineau this weekend are a series of live concerts, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your car. TD Musiparc will be hosting a live music performance every night this weekend, with artists 2Frères, Réal Béland, Kevin Parent, and LGS (Le Group Swing). Reserve your tickets ahead of time and drive up, tune in on FM radio, and enjoy the show.

For folks getting out and about in Hintonburg this weekend, why not snag a chance at winning a 100$ gift card from one of your favourite Hintonburg businesses, by taking part in the I Spy Hintonburg contest? While making the rounds, stop at three of the local businesses and landmarks listed here and post your photos on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Follow @HintonburgCA, hashtag your photos with #ISpyHintonburg, and tag @HintonburgCA in the photos and your name will be entered in the draw. Want to boost your chances with a second entry? Participants who feature a photo of Full Cycle Bike Shop will receive two entries into the gift card draw!


La Ville de Gatineau presents another installment of their music series, Sessions de Balcon, this Thursday night, with Roxanne Potvin. Tune in here, where you can also check out all of the balcony sessions from previous weeks. 


Studio Sixty Six is hosting a virtual reception of the opening of the exhibit, Rationing Time, Data, & Paint, this Friday. The reception, which takes place on Instagram Live, will also feature an interview with artists Atticus Gordon and Alex Sutcliffe. Their exhibit boasts the work of several emerging Canadian artists which “explores the use of digital collage in a painterly context”.


This Saturday, head over to Wesley Clover Parks for Little Ray’s Nature Centre Live Drive-In Shows. With having lost 94% of their revenue due to Covid-19, these fundraiser shows will help raise money to keep them going during these trying times. Miss getting up close with all of Little Ray’s great animal friends? Reserve a VIP spot for the show and animals will be brought right to your car.

Wychwood is playing a second Roots of Resistance concert from the porch of NECTAR (New Edinburgh Community & Arts Centre) this Saturday eve. This concert “explores the traditional roots of protest songs.” Tune in online here or here; the lyrics to the songs will be posted as well, so you can even sing along. 

There you have it, folks! The down low on what is up this weekend in Ottawa. Stay cool, stay safe, and have fun!