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

  • Check the general requirements by selecting the link for the Activity that you choose, e.g., hiking.
  • Meet at the specified time & location.
  • We organize car-pooling when we meet; no prior arrangements are required.
  • Questions? Contact the trip leader. Unless you have specific questions, you do not need to contact the leader beforehand.
  • Lyme disease is prevalent in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
  • Completion times
  • Fees for members and non-members
  • What to bring
    • snacks, plenty of water, and your meal with you. When the activity runs through mealtime (usually lunch), we take a break for the meal.
    • wear and / or bring appropriate clothing and other gear:
      • most times, layers are best
      • when the weather's warm, always plan for spending time in the water (such as swimming) or relaxing on the shore during (and sometimes after) hiking or canoeing, whether it's stated or not
      • if the forecast calls for rain, bring rain gear appropriate for the forecast conditions
    • a backpack
    • at night, a headlamp or flashlight
  • Specific activities
    • Bicycling
      • You must wear a bicycle helmet when bicycling with us.
    • Hiking
      • We strongly recommend wearing hiking boots, hiking shoes, or running shoes.
      • See the information regarding Lyme disease above.
    • Cross-country skiing
    • Snowshoeing
    • Skating
    • Canoeing
      • The Club has canoes and related equipment for rent (fees), including personal flotation devices (PFDs); you do not need your own.
      • For many canoe outings, you do not need to have prior canoeing experience. Please contact the leader beforehand if this would be your first time in or paddling a canoe.
      • 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.

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

Various meeting locations. Check the schedule for each event.

Location Activities Address and notes
Sandy Hill Community Centre [SHCC] (map) canoeing, hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing 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.)
Supreme Court (map) walking 301 Wellington Street. We meet by the road on the west side in front of the building, where there is free parking available in the evening.
Dow's Lake Pavilion (map) walking 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive. Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. on Adeline Street and Norfolk Avenue (map), northeast of Carling Avenue and Preston Street.
We're outdoors doing something nearly every weekend. New activities are constantly added. Check back every few days to see what's new!
Bicycle trips occur where noted. Skating and evening walks are in Ottawa. Other outings are in Gatineau Park unless otherwise noted.
We stop for lunch somewhere along the route for day outings. Bring your own lunch, and bring water. We very occasionally stop at a restaurant; however, a restaurant stop will be explicitly stated in the outing description.
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