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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on January 20, 2022




After that record snowfall, there are no shortage of events and activities for anyone who loves getting outside and breathing in that frosty fresh air. Have no fear if you prefer to hide under the blankets until spring… we’ve got you covered with a mix of DIY and virtual events all weekend. For more ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of the Weekend Roundup, available here and here. Be safe and stay warm!

Get outside…

Tis the season for skating! You can enjoy the Rideau Canal (check the ice conditions here) or one of the many local skating trails that are now open, like RiverOak, Patinage en Forêt, Icelynd, Countryside Adventures, Éco-Odyssée, or Little Penguin Trail. Don’t forget about all the city rinks around town either!

Want to try something new this winter but don’t have the right gear? You’ve got to check out the Ottawa Outdoor Gear Library! Learn more in our post here, or check them out online or on Instagram @ottawaogl. Ottawa has a number of great local trails like the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail, Britannia Winter Trail, Ottawa West Winter Trail, Rideau Winter Trail, and Ski Heritage East, not to mention all the trails in Gatineau Park. See you out there!

Get a head start on Robbie Burns day celebrations with the Scottish Society of Ottawa by taking part in the Great Canadian Kilt Skate – Ottawa Home Edition.

The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is back inside at the Aberdeen Pavilion with their Winter Market, featuring 50+ artisans and farmers, who produce their edible goods and intricate crafts within a 100-km distance of Ottawa.


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If you’re looking for inspiration for a winter walk, try checking out Apt613 contributor Bruce Burwell’s new series called Urban Retail Walks. On Twitter, check out That Walking Guy (@mchkzn) or Jason Fournier‘s #NightWalks613.

Or stay home!

Maybe you’re binging a favourite show, or getting caught up on some new releases. Either way, make your home theatre experience a bit more legit with some movie theatre popcorn, all while supporting the ByTowne Cinema. Popcorn pickup is on Friday from 5-8pm and Saturday from 4-8pm. Got something to say? You can rent the marquee at the ByTowne Cinema, the Mayfair Theatre, or the Gladstone Theatre.

If you’re looking for something new to read, the Ottawa Public Library published their list of most popular books for 2021. Have some books you’re done reading? Try swapping them out for something new at a Little Free Library near you (here’s a map tool that’ll point you in the right direction).

All dressed up and nowhere to go? Who says you can’t have a dance party at home?! For all your music needs, check out Apt613’s best of #ottmusic weekly 2021: dance party. For all of the “best of 2021” lists, head here. The winter 2022 season of Broadway Workout started this week, if you’re looking to have some fun and work on a few new moves.

In the early days of the pandemic, Apt613 published a list of local restaurants offering takeout. The list has been updated but additions are always welcome! While you’re flipping through, don’t miss the Top 5 Foodie Friday posts of 2021. My favourite find of 2021? Chef Ric’s in the old Rideau Bakery location, serving up tasty meals and valuable job training. Plus a solid $4.99 breakfast special.

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!