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Updated - COVID-19 Guidelines - July 21

  • Participation
    • You must register before the outing. See the Outing registration section in the FAQ below.
    • At the starting point, the leader will ask you that your answers to the health questions are still all "no", to confirm all of your answers and just in case symptoms just appeared.
    • During the outing, if any symptoms appear that might suggest COVID-19, please tell the leader immediately. You will be requested to isolate from the group as much as possible. In addition, you will not be permitted to participate in any OOC outing for the next 14 days. The other participants in the outing will be informed.
    • Dogs are not permitted.
  • Transportation to and from the starting point
    • We are not organizing carpooling. All participants must meet at the starting location. The outing will be finished once the participants have returned to the starting location.
  • During the outing
    • Outdoor gathering limits
      • Updated - These have been removed, since the provincial limits now far exceed our group sizes.
    • For hikes and walks, please maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from each other unless you're from the same "social circle". Distancing is one of the recognized ways of reducing your chance of passing along COVID-19 to others and your chance of acquiring COVID-19.
    • You must have a mask. The leader will indicate when it needs to be worn. If you do not put on your mask when requested, you will not be permitted to join future outings of any type with the OOC. There will be no exceptions.
    • Generally, masks must worn throughout the outing.
    • Stay in the group and away from other groups.
    • Supply your own hand sanitizer and / or disinfectant wipes, etc.
    • Since a shelter is an enclosed space where there is a greater risk of being exposed to the SARS-COVID-2 virus, we will not use any shelters. To reduce the risk of potentially infecting other members of the group, please do not enter a shelter.
    • If possible, please take your own first aid kit.
    • If someone is injured and another group member must provide first aid, unless the injured person and the person providing first aid are part of the same "social circle", neither will be permitted to participate in any OOC outing for 14 days. (Unless the medical situation is urgent, we will try to use emergency personnel.)

Information about COVID-19 is available from Ottawa Public Health, Public Health Ontario, Quebec health information, and the Government of Canada.

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

  • Outing registration
    • Link to activity registration To register for a particular outing, click / tap on the registration icon before the outing's registration deadline, noted in the Register by column
    • The registration icon will remain available until the outing. If you register after the deadline and especially within a few hours of the outing, you reduce your probability of being accepted.
    • You will be informed as to whether or not you can participate in the outing.
    • There are activity fees for non-members, and there are rental fees for canoes or snowshoes for those who choose to use this Club equipment. Information about paying the fees is available here.
    • Non-members may participate. When group sizes are limited, members will have priority up to around the outing's registration time.
    • If you need to cancel, please inform the leader as soon as possible so that the leader can open your spot to another person (should space be limited) and so that the leader knows not to wait for you at the meeting location.
  • If you are not a member of the Ottawa Outdoor Club, we invite you to become a member. Details are available on our membership registration page.
  • Check the general requirements by selecting the link for the Activity that you choose, e.g., hiking.
  • Meet at the specified time and location shown in the schedule.
    • If you are arriving by local transit, use the "map" link in the Meet at... column to determine transit routing and timing for the day of the outing using the "Directions" feature of Google Maps
  • Questions? Contact the trip leader.
  • Lyme disease is prevalent in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
  • Completion times
  • Fees for members and non-members (not all apply to each activity or person): carpooling (COVID-19 restriction), equipment rental, non-member activity fees.
  • 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.
    • appropriate clothing and other gear:
      • most times, layers are best
      • if the forecast calls for rain, rain gear appropriate for the forecast conditions
    • a backpack
    • at night, a headlamp or flashlight
  • Specific current activities
    • Bicycling
      • Due to not enough information about transmission characteristics when bicycling in a group, we are not organizing bicycling activities at this time. (COVID-19 restriction)
    • Hiking
      • We strongly recommend wearing hiking boots, hiking shoes, or running shoes.
      • See the information regarding Lyme disease above.
    • Walking (casual walks)
      • The non-member activity fee does not apply for our casual, urban walks, i.e., it's free.
    • Canoeing / kayaking
      • The Club has canoes and related equipment for rent (fees), including personal flotation devices (PFDs); you do not need your own. (The Club does not have kayaks.) COVID-19 recommendation: for health reasons, we recommend that you provide your own PFD and paddle if you have them.
      • You can provide your own canoe or kayak and related equipment.
      • For many outings, you do not need to have prior canoeing experience. The registration form includes questions related to this.
      • 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.

Consistent meeting locations
Some of our outings usually meet at certain consistent locations listed here. Check the schedule for each event.
Location Activities Address and notes
Supreme Court (map) walking 301 Wellington Street. We meet by bus shelter at 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 PM on Adeline Street and Norfolk Avenue (map), northeast of Carling Avenue and Preston Street.
We go swimming! When the weather's warm and we're hiking or canoeing, plan that we'll spend some time in or by the water. If you like to be in the water, please prepare accordingly!
We usually stop for lunch somewhere along the route for day outings. Bring your own lunch, and bring water.
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