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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on January 13, 2022



A big shoutout to everyone who’s pivoted, clamped down, postponed and reshuffled their plans, events and businesses once again as we try to get through this wave of the pandemic. Don’t forget to check out your fave local businesses and restaurants to see what they’re offering online or as takeout to help them get through this too!

Like last week’s roundup, it’s a little more freeform this week as we try to let you know about what you can still do to get outside, get entertained, and experience all you can despite limitations — and, of course, safely.

Want to get out/outside?

Take a guided snowshoe hike with a nature interpreter through Gatineau Park and track animals. Or enjoy any of the city’s winter wonderland trails.

A section of Queen Elizabeth Drive will be closed to motorized traffic on weekends starting this weekend during the day for recreational use.

A La Carte Tours offers walking tours of the Byward Market, Hintonburg, and Chinatown. Or, if you want to go it yourself, check out some suggested walks through Bruce Burwell’s new series Urban Retail Walks.

You have quite a few options for local outdoor winter and nature activities. Places like Countryside Adventures in Moose Creek, RiverOak in York’s Corners, the City of Ottawa’s rinks, and even the Governor General’s skating rink all offer great active opportunities to do safely outdoors. You can even do a Torchlight skate this Friday in Lac-des-Loups. Also just announced — the entire length of the Rideau Canal is open for skating!

Lansdowne Farmers Market is open year-round on Sundays from 9am–3pm, following COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Want to stay in?

Want to stay inside in the warmth and just curl up with your favourite flick? Pick up some famous Bytowne Cinema popcorn, treats, and even beer to enjoy with it. And if you’re tired of all your streaming subscription options, why not see what the Ottawa Public Library has to offer? Or grab some Ottawa lit to curl up and read.

In fact, check out all sorts of Foodie Friday posts to get ideas of what to order next. There are plenty of restaurants to support through this latest round of lockdowns!

The NAC has a live stream coming up that you can enjoy from home. Enjoy works by composers for string trios and quartets including Schoenberg, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and Beethoven.

Speaking of the NAC, if you’re waiting for your chance to see the musical Hamilton when it eventually comes (currently now rescheduled for July) you might want to check out the Canadian Museum of History’s An Evening with Richard Bell & Hamilton to see how the musical compares to the real history.

Speaking of music, why not listen to the best of 2021 playlists from Apt613? There’s everything from indie singer-songwriters to flow and poetry, bangers, chill, and dance party!

Want to stay in but still get a workout in? The always fun Broadway Workout season returns to the comfort of your own home where you can learn choreography to a Broadway song every week.


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