Cangames convention returns to Ottawa after three-year pandemic hiatus
After a three-year hiatus, friendly mayhem is set to return this weekend to Ottawa in the form of Canada’s oldest board gaming convention, Cangames. The event runs from Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21 and will be held at the Rideau Curling Club in Centretown. Established in 1977, the annual conference features a wide selection of miniatures, roleplaying games…
City still faces lifeguard shortage after COVID closures halted training programs
It’s an advisory that can be found on websites and at recreational facilities across Ottawa: “Please note that some regular public swims may be cancelled on short notice due to a shortage of lifeguards.” The message was recently sent to local residents on Family Day — as it had been previously on Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Truth and Reconciliation…
Popular skateboard sessions in Aberdeen Pavilion offer escape from Ottawa winter
A city-run program is making the floor of the Aberdeen Pavilion available during winter to skateboarding enthusiasts from across Ottawa.
After unprecedented closure, concern grows for Rideau Canal Skateway’s future in warmer world
This cancellation of the Rideau Canal Skateway this season is a harbinger of things to come as climate change warms the capital.
Warm weather, veterans’ tribute mark Army Run’s in-person return
For the first time in two years, the 15th Canada Army Run returned in person this past month to Ottawa’s downtown. Participants enjoyed a new route that spanned the centre of the city, starting on Laurier Avenue near Ottawa City Hall and ending at the National War Memorial. Thousands of competitors ran, walked or rolled past some of Ottawa’s most…
IN FOCUS: Carleton’s first butterfly show since the pandemic features dozens of species
The Butterfly Show welcomed the public into Carleton’s butterfly house, or lepidopterarium, to showcase this year’s selection of butterfly species.
Lifeguards and swim instructors in short supply at Ottawa indoor pools
Ottawa pools are facing reduced swim times due to staffing shortages.
Community groups across Canada encourage BIPOC inclusion in outdoor recreation￼
Community organizations across Canada are working to make recreation and wellness spaces more accessible for those who are Black, Indigenous or People of Colour (BIPOC). Organizers say social and economic barriers often prevent racialized communities from accessing and feeling comfortable in outdoor recreation spaces. Through free outdoor gear libraries and inclusive outdoor group activities, organizers across Canada aim to make…