What’s happening in Ottawa this weekend: March 5-7

OTTAWA — Skiing, tobogganing and visiting the sugar shack are among the things you can do in the national capital region during the first weekend in March.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at what’s happening in Ottawa, eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

SUGAR SHACKS

Maple syrup season is underway across the region. Click on each location for more information.

OTTAWA WINTER JAZZ FESTIVAL

Enjoy the 10th TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival from the comfort of your home.

Six shows will be streamed free on YouTube and Facebook on Friday and Saturday from the Arts Court Theatre.

The line-up includes Jim Bryson on Friday night. Saturday night’s line-up features the Kirk MacDonald Generations Quartet at 6 p.m. and Ron Sexsmith at 8:30 p.m. 

For more information, visit ottawajazzfestival.com

LACE UP THE SKATES

You can go for a skate this weekend on Ottawa’s outdoor refrigerated rinks. The city says you must book a free 45-minute reservation for a skating time at www.ottawa.ca/skating.

Reservations will be required to skate at the following peak times:

City Hall Rink of Dreams, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily

Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink of Dreams, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. weekends, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. weekdays

Lansdowne Park Skating Court, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. weekends, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. weekdays

Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. weekends, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. weekdays

Ottawa’s community outdoor rinks are also open, weather permitting. A maximum of 25 people can skate on the outdoor rinks at one time.

Rink of dreams

SLEDDING HILLS

Ottawa’s tobogganing hills remain open for the winter. Just a reminder, capacity in gathering areas is limited to 25 people at one time.

For a list of sledding hills in the City of Ottawa, visit https://ottawa.ca/en/recreation-and-parks/sports-fields-and-outdoor-recreation#sledding-hills-1

The National Capital Commission also operates sledding hills in Ottawa. https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/tobogganing-greenbelt

Tobogganing down Carlington Hill

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, SNOWSHOEING, HIKING

The National Capital Commission invites you to get outdoors this winter.

“With over 450 km of trails for skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking, walking and hiking, hills for tobogganing and fire pits to warm up by, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in our ‘Winter Capital,'” says the NCC.

Check out the NCC’s Winter Capital interactive map to find suggested routes. Visit: https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/experience-your-winter-capital-ottawa-gatineau

A reminder that interprovincial travel is strongly discouraged. Residents are asked to remain on their respective sides of the Ottawa River as much as possible and to travel only for essential reasons.

Snowshoe trails are now open at Mount Pakenham. For more information, visit https://www.mountpakenham.com/

SKI SEASON

Ski hills in Ontario and Quebec are open for skiing.

Go skiing at Calabogie Peaks all weekend. For more information, visit calabogie.com

Ski season is underway at Mount Pakenham.  For more information, visit https://www.mountpakenham.com/

Camp Fortune is open. For more information, visit https://campfortune.com/en/

Mont Ste. Marie is open for the season. For hours of operation, visit www.montstemarie.com

Health officials in Ontario and Quebec ask residents to avoid non-essential travel out of the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

RIVEROAK SKATING TRAIL

You are invited to RiverOak Nature’s Playground to skate on the winter trails.

Riveroak is located on York’s Corners Road in Ottawa.

You must book tickets for Saturday and Sunday in advance at riveroak.ca.

RiverOak Skating Trail

PARC OMEGA

Parc Omega in Montebello, Que. is open this winter.

Discover Canada’s wildlife along a 12 kilometre long safari, seeing elk, bison, wolves, bears and foxes in their natural habitat. Parc Omega also has a wolf observatory.

While at Parc Omega, enjoy the snowshoe trail and a new ice skating rink.

For more information, visit parcomega.ca

FRIDAYS AT THE FOURTH

The National Arts Centre presents Fridays at the Fourth with The Torchettes.

Watch a free livestream performance from Festival Hall in Calgary.

For more information, visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/28336

OTTAWA FARMERS MARKET

The Ottawa Farmers Market is open on Sunday at Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park.

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ANNE FRANK – A HISTORY FOR TODAY

The Canadian War Museum invites you to see the new exhibit, “Anne Frank – A History for Today.”

The panel exhibition juxtaposes personal photographs, stories and diary entries, as well as one original artifact and two reproductions.

The exhibit runs until April 25.

For more information, visit https://www.warmuseum.ca/annefrank/

MUSEUMS

Canadian Museum of History is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.historymuseum.ca

Canadian War Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit https://www.warmuseum.ca/

Canadian Museum of Nature is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.nature.ca

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit https://ingeniumcanada.org/agriculture

Canada Aviation and Space Museum is open 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit https://ingeniumcanada.org/aviation

Canada Science and Technology Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit https://ingeniumcanada.org/scitech

The Diefenbunker is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For information, visit https://diefenbunker.ca/en/

The National Gallery of Canada is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit gallery.ca

Museums are also open on some week days. Visit each museum’s page for weekday hours. 

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