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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on January 6, 2022



I hope this weekend finds you safe and healthy, friends. We’ve been here before: encouraged to stay home, nervously reaching out to support local businesses, negotiating with family and friends about in-person contact, and missing the activities that we love. I hear you. Thank you for keeping yourselves safe, and for doing your best. With the very recent lockdown measures taking effect this week and the rapid spread of omicron through the holidays, lots of great local entertainment has been shut down, without a virtual pivot in place just yet. That’s OK, they’re doing their best. Last weekend some of us cautiously set some New Year’s resolutions or intentions. Maybe you decided not to because of the seemingly constant impending doom. This weekend, as the relaxed vibes of the holidays stretch a bit further into the year, why not reflect on what kind of energy we want to be putting into 2022, and how we can make our own little bubbles a bit more joyful.

I’m going to take the liberty of doing away with our traditional Roundup layout, and just curate pile of ideas to get you through the weekend, and hopefully the next little while!

This Weekend

This Friday night will be the last chance to take in the NCC Christmas Lights Across Canada downtown. Take the opportunity to stroll along Elgin and Major’s Hill Park before taking in the light show on Parliament to round out the holiday season. Saturday night will be the final evening of the Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Park. With a little bit of snow on the ground now, I’m sure it will be just as lovely as it was in December, and much less crowded!


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The ByTowne Cinema has closed its doors for the shutdown, but luckily for us, we can still score some of that killer movie theatre popcorn. Friday from 5–8pm and Saturday 4–8pm you can stop into the concession stand for some popcorn and snacks, including the canned beer and bottles of wine that are still on hand! While you’re there, why not pick up a gift card or tote bag to raise your spirits a bit, and prepare for the movie watching that is to come!

The Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne is opening up as the Winter Market this Sunday from 10am–3pm, for a little bit of normalcy. There will be capacity limits enforced, but it’s still a great way to get out of the house, find some dinner inspiration for the week, and support some local businesses.


One of the intentions I set for myself in 2022 was to read more. And while I love supporting our local booksellers in person and at the curb, sometimes I want to take a chance on a book, commitment-free. Last month we published the Ottawa Public Library’s list of the most-requested books in 2021, which is a great place  to start for inspiration.  Whether you prefer audio books, ebooks, or good old-fashioned pages, the library and its many locations have us covered. Check out their website for programs, referrals, and resources to keep you busy all winter long.

If getting outside is what you’re looking for this weekend, luckily, the Ottawa Valley does not disappoint. In Moose Creek you can find Countryside Adventures, a winter activity wonderland, which is offering skating and snowshoe trails as well as tubing! You don’t need a reservation, and prices vary from $10–$20 a day, depending on your activities, including some evening illuminated skating. You can rent skates and snowshoes on site, if you don’t already have your own gear. RiverOak skating trail half an hour south of the city is open for the season, with day and season passes available now. This popular skating trail also has rinks for hockey and hiking trails, if blades aren’t quite your thing.  It should be noted that as outdoor facilities, visitors don’t need to show proof of vaccination to partake in the fun at these businesses, so plan your visit based on your comfort levels.

I don’t think we’re necessarily going to backtrack to baking sourdough every day, are we? What about taking some virtual cooking lessons in the next little while, to get excited about something, and eat good things from the comfort of our work-from-home couch? C’est Bon is offering weekly classes all month long, and you can master a wide variety of dishes, from fresh pasta to sushi or perfectly cooked eggs. Challenge yourself, and then enjoy the fruits of your labours!

While the Rideau Canal has only begun its long transition to our favourite winter thoroughfare, the Rink of Dreams, Lansdowne Park, and other city-run rinks are up and running. There are capacity limits, and masks are currently recommended but not required. The skating rink at Rideau Hall opens next week, and can only be booked for advance time slots. January time slots are all booked, but beginning on January 11, you can book ahead for February. This rink is a lovely change of pace from the bumpy canal or crowded city rinks, with the bonus of being one of the oldest established rinks in town.

Start the new year with some cool new local music. Did you know that Apt613 curates Spotify playlists on a weekly basis? Check out the Best of 2021 #ottmusic Playlists here, and find your new favourite groove. Like this one by The Good Guys, which turns out to be a very funky, jazzy banger.

I’ve suggested it before, and I think it can be repeated: How about some digital New Year’s cleaning? With the past two years of all this great online content and interconnectedness, maybe you’re getting a bit bogged down digitally. This would be a good time to deep-clean your social media accounts. Clean out all the dusty old content you never use anymore. Search for a local florist  or artist for a beautiful feed, plan your next adventure, or reconnect with old friends. What brings you joy? Fashion? Art? Local food? Puppies? Nature? Feminist memes? Architecture? Foreign films? Find those accounts and fill your eyes with good stuff. I recommend the Bytown Museum instagram for any fellow history nerds out there, and all those readers who have been loving our Capital History pieces.


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