Ottawa Outdoor Club


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Coordinator: Carol H., walk at

For casual hikers, this Level 0.5 walk is a great way to stretch your legs for 1 - 1½ hours each week. Our Thursday-evening get-togethers provide a friendly way to meet Club members in an informal setting. Our destination may include the Arboretum or Hogs Back Falls—the destination varies with whimsy and the weather—but we always wind up at a pub or eatery by the end of the evening for a late dinner and some friendly conversation.

This event runs regularly every Thursday evening from April to October and on occasional Thursdays during the the rest of the year, starting from the designated departure point (see below). Meet us at the departure point a little after 6:00 PM for a 6:15 PM departure.

For the Thursday walks running from April to October, we alternate between downtown and Dow's Lake according to the following schedule:

  • On odd-numbered dates, we meet at the Dow's Lake Pavilion, 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive (map). Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. on Adeline Street and Norfolk Street, northeast of Carling and Preston. On cold and / or damp days, we often congregate inside the main entrance of the Dow's Lake Pavilion; otherwise, look for us outside on the ramp leading into the building.
  • On even-numbered dates, we meet near the statue (map) on the west side of the lawn in front of the Supreme Court at 301 Wellington Street. Parking is generally available after 5:30 PM in the National Library / Public Archives parking lot between the Supreme Court building and the Library / Archives, as well as on Sparks Street west of Lyon Street.

For the Thursday walks from November to March, please check the schedule for the starting location; it may not follow the odd / even date schedule shown above.

We recommend that you dress for the weather, especially during the spring when evening temperatures can be highly variable. This includes using footwear suitable for muddy and / or partially snow-covered pathways.

There is no non-member's fee for these walks; everyone is invited to join us at no cost.

For all events, please check the event listings for details, as the meeting day, time, and location can vary. Please register by the departure time shown. Destinations will vary.