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A cardinal at Fletcher Wildlife Garden. Photo: Hannah Manning

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on January 7, 2021


Between lockdowns and curfews, we’re low on organized events to share this weekend. So besides a friendly reminder to make safe choices, we’ve got a few suggestions lined up for your weekend.

Enjoy the fresh air

While we’re waiting for the Rideau Canal to open (at least we’ve got some canal art to enjoy until it does!), why not check out a local skating rink? Here’s a list of city operated rinks and don’t forget about (that’s @OttawaRinks on Twitter), a website of crowd sourced conditions on over 250 outdoor rinks. The City of Ottawa announced new guidelines this week limiting the number of people at outdoor rinks and other outdoor recreation venues, and masks are mandatory, so be sure to pack your mask along with your helmet and skates for a safe trip out. On the Quebec side? Glide into the weekend with an evening of skating through the forest by torchlight this Friday at Patinage en forêt, or check out this list of Gatineau ice rinks.


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Did you get a new pair of snowshoes this Christmas, or maybe decide to dig up your cross-country skis? The National Capital Commission has a new interactive map to help you make the most of winter. Activities on the map include skate skiing, classic cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter biking, walking and hiking, dog walking, and tobogganing. Here’s an Apt613 post from 2019 of the best tobogganing hills. What are we missing for a 2021 refresh?

There may be snow on the ground, but that won’t stop you from getting local goods at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market winter market, running Sundays from 10am-3pm at Landowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion. Pick up the supplies to make yourself a bowl of fresh soup to go with the sourdough you’ve been perfecting all last year. Or, if you’re like me and killed any sourdough starter you ever got, pick up a fresh loaf of bread and enjoy supporting local!

This Thursday is your last chance to enjoy Christmas Lights Across Canada. You can stroll through Confederation Park, around the National Arts Centre, past Parliament and through Major’s Hill Park for a bright and cheery evening out. It’s also the final day for IllumiNATION, a virtual celebration of lights across Canada.

This mild winter has been excellent for birdwatching: if you’re new to the activity, take a look at this post by the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club on birding in the Ottawa area, including a list of recent bird sightings. The Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club, founded in 1863 and incorporated in 1879, is the oldest natural history club in Canada. They have a helpful code of conduct for birders, birdwatchers and photographers. Fletcher Wildlife Garden, a long-term project of the club shows how to use native species and create habitat for wildlife – even in the city. The space was profiled on Apt613 this summer as one of Ottawa’s best public gardens.

Or enjoy a fresh start

Looking for a change this year? Find your new dream job with the first #ottarts #ottjobs posting of 2021! The first Monday of every month, Apt613 publishes a roundup of the arts and culture jobs in our local network. Have a posting or call for artists? Send a link to <> and be sure to mention the closing date. Ottawa-Gatineau based opportunities only.

With a chill in the air, it’s time to get cozy! Our #Support613 gift guide for a cozy home has plenty of great ideas. In fact, now’s the perfect time to scroll through all the gift guides and see if there’s something Santa missed in your stocking. Many local businesses are offering curbside pickup and/or local delivery.

Not sure what to listen to, now that holiday tunes are back in the vaults? Apt613 has been curating a list of local music since March 2020 when it was clear no one would be turning to for a gig pick. Instead, #ottmusic weekly has become one of our most popular music columns ever! Get the highlights in five “best of” lists:

Feeling artsy this weekend? Mud Oven is offering paint-at-home kits to keep you busy while they’re closed for the lockdown. Choose your ceramics and paint supplies from their online shop, pick up your order from the store, paint at home, then bring your pieces back to be fired in their kiln. Ottawa Valley artist Kerstin Peters is hosting a virtual art cafe this Sunday, featuring an afternoon of chatting and laughter while creating your personal Goal Mandalas for 2021.

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, stay tuned to @apt613 on Twitter. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!