Ottawa outdoors in summer, naturally!

Want to get outdoors in nature in the Ottawa area this summer? Meet other nature-inspired people? Here’s a few places to start.

Outdoor activities & events: Ottawa outdoor clubs & activities (scroll down to see the list) | Meetups | MEC Ottawa Event Calendar — hiking, biking, sailing, skiing, you name it

Camping near Ottawa: Gatineau Park | Quebec Parks | Ontario Parks | and yes, there’s more, but only for those who want to leave no trace (2)

Stay in town: Rent a bike and explore (more) | Ottawa walking toursNative plant gardensOttawa parks & nature (more) | More Outdoor Activities in Ottawa | Volunteer in Ottawa

Protecting Wild Bees: Workshop and Film

IMG_6259Protecting Wild Bees: Workshop and Film
Wed Jul 13, 2016, Ottawa, ON (and Sunday too)

Join Friends of the Earth Canada at Fletcher Wildlife Garden at 7-8PM on Wednesday, July 13th and 9-11AM on Sunday, July 17 to learn how to protect native and wild bees. Includes a showing of a new documentary film (A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee) and a tutorial on how to participate in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count. On Sunday, we will be going out into the garden to practice taking photos of and identifying bees. Everyone is welcome!  http://www.ofnc.ca/fletcher/

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1btYHcY9S3J2

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Film premiere: Love thy Nature

Screenings

Sunday April 10 to Wednesday Apr 13, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario

Join us for the Canadian premieres of the award-winning documentary “Love Thy Nature” screening at Ottawa’s Mayfair Theatre on April 10, 11, and 13 at 6:30pm.  Watch the 2-minute trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7yljPRMZJA

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Canoeing the Gatineau River

Canoeing the Gatineau River, just north of Ottawa

Ottawa is a mecca for enjoying nature and outdoor activities. Three rivers, the Ottawa RiverGatineau River, Rideau River and Rideau Canal are great for canoeing, kayaking, sailing and swimming.

Canoes can be rented or purchased at stores such as MEC, Paddle Shack or other local outfitters (2).  Or join a local outdoors club (2) and go hiking, skiing or canoeing with them. If you’re a beginner, the Ottawa River Canoe Club offers a one-day course, Recreational Canoeing Basics; Paddlesport will also be offering lessons in 2013, as well as the Ottawa Canoe Camping Club.

You can also walk, hike or bike along any of these rivers: see the Rideau Trail Association, Ottawa Capital Pathway and the village of Wakefield, Quebec, which is on the banks of the Gatineau River about 30 minutes north of Ottawa.

Please leave no trace while walking, canoeing or camping. And if you’d like to help protect  these great rivers, check out these local organizations: Ottawa Riverkeeper, Save the Gatineau, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Algonquin to Adirondacks and other local groups.

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