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New - December 29: all in-person activities suspended

Due to the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, along with the uncertainty of the virus's rate of infection in small groups outdoors over an extended period, we have suspended all in-person activities until further notice. We hope that this period will be short and that we will be able to resume activities sooner rather than later.

COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Participation
    • You must register before the outing. See the Outing registration section in the FAQ below.
    • At the starting point, the leader may ask you that your answers to the health questions are still all "no", to confirm all of your answers and just in case symptoms just appeared.
    • During the outing, if any symptoms appear that might suggest COVID-19, please tell the leader immediately. You will be requested to isolate from the group as much as possible. In addition, you will not be permitted to participate in any OOC outing for the next 14 days. The other participants in the outing will be informed.
    • Dogs are not permitted.
  • Transportation to and from the starting point
    • We are not organizing carpooling. All participants must meet at the starting location. The outing will be finished once the participants have returned to the starting location.
  • During the outing
    • For hikes and walks, please maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from each other unless you're from the same "social circle". Distancing is one of the recognized ways of reducing your chance of passing along COVID-19 to others and your chance of acquiring COVID-19.
    • You must have a mask. The leader will indicate when it needs to be worn. If you do not put on your mask when requested, you will not be permitted to join future outings of any type with the OOC. There will be no exceptions.
    • Stay in the group and away from other groups.
    • Supply your own hand sanitizer and / or disinfectant wipes, etc.
    • Since a shelter is an enclosed space where there is a greater risk of being exposed to the SARS-COVID-2 virus, we will not use any shelters. To reduce the risk of potentially infecting other members of the group, please do not enter a shelter.
    • If possible, please take your own first aid kit.
    • If someone is injured and another group member must provide first aid, unless the injured person and the person providing first aid are part of the same "social circle", neither will be permitted to participate in any OOC outing for 14 days. (Unless the medical situation is urgent, we will try to use emergency personnel.)

Information about COVID-19 is available from Ottawa Public Health, Public Health Ontario, Quebec health information, and the Government of Canada.

Answers to Frequently (or Occasionally)-Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Outing registration
    • Link to activity registration To register for a particular outing, click / tap on the registration icon before the outing's registration deadline, noted in the Register by column
    • The registration icon will remain available until the outing. If you register after the deadline and especially within a few hours of the outing, you reduce your probability of being accepted.
    • For our urban walks, acceptance is automatic. For all other types of outings, you will be informed as to whether or not you can participate in the outing.
    • Except for the urban walks and skating on the Canal, there are activity fees for non-members. For everyone, there are rental fees for canoes or snowshoes for those who choose to use this Club equipment. Information about paying the fees is available here.
    • If you need to cancel, please inform the leader as soon as possible so that the leader can open your spot to another person (should space be limited) and so that the leader knows not to wait for you at the meeting location.
  • Non-members may participate. If you are not a member of the Ottawa Outdoor Club, we invite you to become a member. Details are available on our membership registration page.
  • Check the general requirements by selecting the link for the Activity that you choose, e.g., hiking.
  • Meet at the specified time and location shown in the schedule.
    • If you plan to use local transit, use the "map" link in the Meet at... column to determine the transit routing for the day and time of the outing using the "Directions" feature of Google Maps.
  • Questions? Contact the trip leader.
  • Lyme disease is prevalent in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
  • Completion times
  • Fees for members and non-members (not all apply to each activity or person): carpooling (COVID-19 restriction), equipment rental, non-member activity fees.
  • General: bring
    • snacks and your meal with you. When the activity runs through mealtime (usually lunch), we take a break for the meal.
    • plenty of water. One (minimum) to two litres are generally recommended, depending on your specific needs, the weather conditions, and the distance, duration, and intensity of the outing. Bring more than you think you'll need.
    • appropriate clothing and other gear:
      • most times, layers are best
      • if the forecast calls for rain, rain gear appropriate for the forecast conditions
    • a backpack
    • at night, a headlamp (preferred, since it doesn't require use of your hands) or flashlight
  • Specific activities
    • Hiking
      • We strongly recommend wearing sturdy footwear, particularly such as hiking boots or hiking shoes. Footwear should fully surround your feet, e.g., no sandals.
      • Bring a hat for protection from the sun.
      • Bring sunscreen and bug repellent.
      • See the information regarding Lyme disease above. Long sleeves & long pants are highly recommended.
    • Walking (casual walks)
      • The non-member activity fee does not apply for our casual, urban walks, i.e., it's free.
    • Canoeing / kayaking
      • The Club has canoes and related equipment for rent (fees), including personal flotation devices (PFDs); you do not need your own. (The Club does not have kayaks.) COVID-19 recommendation: for health reasons, we recommend that you provide your own PFD and paddle if you have them.
      • You can provide your own canoe or kayak and related equipment.
      • For many outings, you do not need to have prior canoeing experience. The registration form includes questions related to this.
      • You must wear a life jacket or PFD at all times while in the canoe when canoeing with us. You will not be permitted to participate if you do not wear one.
      • Bring a hat for protection from the sun.
      • Bring sunscreen and bug repellent.
      • See the information regarding Lyme disease above. Long sleeves & long pants are highly recommended when on the land near vegetation.
      • Spring and fall cold-water warning: The water can be very cold in the spring and fall. The Club's canoes are very stable, but there is always a chance of capsizing, at which time hypothermia becomes a real concern in water below 15° C. Thus, in the spring and fall, in case you capsize, take along a change of underwear and socks in a Ziploc bag or similar. Better yet, bring a full change of clothing (sealed) if possible. We'll have extra warm layers. You may not make a fashion statement in our layers, but you'll be dry and warm!
    • Bicycling
      • Due to not enough information about transmission characteristics when bicycling in a group, we are not organizing bicycling activities at this time. (COVID-19 restriction)
      • You must wear a bicycle helmet when bicycling with us.
      • Bring sunscreen.

Trip leaders: information, including sign-up forms containing instructions, is here.

Consistent meeting locations
Some of our outings usually meet at certain consistent locations listed here. Check the schedule for each event.
Location Address and notes
Supreme Court (map) 301 Wellington Street. We meet by bus shelter at the road on the west side in front of the building, where there is free parking available in the evening.
Dows Lake Pavilion (map) 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive. Free parking is available after 6:00 PM on Adeline Street and Norfolk Avenue (map), northeast of Carling Avenue and Preston Street.
Strathcona Park parking lot, Sandy Hill (map) East end of Somerset Street at Range Road, on west bank of Rideau River. Free 2-hour lot & on-street parking.
Sandy Hill Community Centre [SHCC] (map) 250 Somerset Street East, between Sweetland Avenue and Nelson Street. The actual meeting spot is around the back by the Centre's parking lot, off of Sweetland Avenue.

You can park in the parking lot for free when attending activities at the Centre and temporarily when we are gathering for an outing, but you are at risk of being ticketed if you leave your vehicle there while we are away on an outing. People usually manage to find parking on the nearby streets; ensure that you check the parking duration on the signs.

(This is not the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, which is elsewhere.)
We usually stop for lunch somewhere along the route for day outings. Bring your own lunch, and bring water.
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