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What's happening...week of July 1

During the summer, we generally canoe on Wednesday evenings and on Sundays, bicycle on Saturdays, hike on Sundays, and go on in-city walks on Thursday evenings.

We're canoeing on Meech Lake this Wednesday evening, with an alternate of Friday evening if Wednesday's weather is poor.

For this Thursday-evening's urban walk, we will meet in front of the Supreme Court downtown and walk along the Ottawa River and / or the Rideau Canal.

For Saturday's bicycle outing, we'll drive down to the 1000 Islands and bicycle on the pathway along the St. Lawrence River.

Saturday's canoe outing will be somewhat different: we'll travel the water maze at Éco-Odyssée.

On Sunday, we'll drive to the north end of Lac Philippe and hike down to Parent Beach, where we'll stop for lunch and a swim.

Check our schedule for details; meeting days, times, and places can vary. Not all activities occur every week, and some may occur on days different than the usual day. The Thursday-evening walks alternate between meeting at the Supreme Court downtown (even-numbered dates) and the Pavilion at Dow's Lake (odd-numbered dates). Questions? Check the information about our various types of activities.

For many of our activities, we usually meet at the Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset Street East (map), around the back near the parking lot.

It's our 25th anniversary this year! Celebrate with us on our Ottawa River cruise on September 14.

To celebrate this milestone, we're having a celebratory boat cruise on the Ottawa River for current and past members and their guests on Saturday, September 14, from 7:30 – 10:30 PM. Tickets are $25. More information...

The Ottawa Outdoor Club organizes daytime, evening, and multi-day, environmentally-sound, outdoor recreational activities year-round at minimal cost for residents of and visitors to the Ottawa and Gatineau communities. Daytime outings are planned for nearly every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Weekend trips are typically to destinations in Ontario, Quebec, and the mountain ranges in New York and New England.

Most outdoor activities are open to everyone. If you're not a member, we still look forward to seeing you; we'll ask you for the non-member activity fee, which you can apply fully to your membership fee when you join within a week. (Some caveats: the evening walks and Friday evening skates are free to all; some special outings, such as subsidized bus trips, are available to members only.) If you don't have a car, we carpool. Join us at the meeting location for the event, and we'll go from there.

Come alone or with friends. It's easy to join in:

  • consult the events page to see what interests you
  • check the requirements for the trip. A reasonable degree of—but not extreme—fitness is expected for most of our outings, as well as appropriate clothing, footwear, food, and liquid. If you have any questions about a trip, contact the trip leader in advance at the phone number, e-mail address, or Twitter handle provided
  • meet at the indicated starting location at the time listed for instructions and arranging carpooling

Members of the Club enjoy added benefits, such as Club discounts of up to 12% at local outdoor equipment shops; free general instruction of various activities; occasional subsidized courses in leadership training and wilderness first aid; and notification of social events throughout the year, including parties, movie outings, and other events.

We are a volunteer-run club and, as a result, prices are at cost.

Become a member!

A membership bought now will be valid until the end of 2019.

Who we are

Club members and visitors range from post-high-school to retirement age and, like Ottawa itself, are of many nationalities. We welcome children who are with their parent(s) or guardian(s).

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