Old Ottawa South Community Association

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    Fall Programs

    Registration for our adult programs, breakfast club and after-four is open now! Registration for all of our children's fall programs open on Wednesday, August 17th at 9 AM. Join our mailing list to be notified when our children's courses are available to browse in Amilia.

Rideau River Flood Control

Before the spring thaw, City of Ottawa crews are working to prepare and cut the ice on the Rideau River. As a result, the Rideau River may be unstable and dangerous. Please stay away from City crews and off the ice for the remainder of the winter season.

Rideau Winter Trail board member and city councillor, Mathieu Fleury, along the trail.

Easy Access to the Rideau Winter Trail

After a beautiful summer in the nation’s capital, the thoughts of those of us at the Rideau Winter Trail (RWT) have definitely turned to winter. The RWT is a volunteer run not-for-profit in the heart of the city, running along the Rideau River from Donald Street (where the Rideau Sports Centre is located) to Bank Street (more on this below!), offering approximately 12 kms of groomed trail for cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, fat biking and walking.

Photo by Jamie Brougham.

“Amazing” Ski Trails Next Door

“It was amazing,” commented Old Ottawa East resident Jamie Brougham after skiing the new groomed trails on the east side of the Rideau River. “In areas that I’ve skied on for years too often with my tracks being the only ones, to having real trails is like a dream come true,” says Brougham.

In early January, the Rideau Winter Trail was extended from the Adàwe footbridge in Overbrook to a turn point just opposite the end of Centennial Boulevard in Old Ottawa East. The groomed trail network goes about three kilometres along the river but with numerous loops – especially in the wild area opposite Old Ottawa East – there is a total of about nine kilometers of trail.


From the Archives: Brighton Beach - Oasis on the Rideau

Longing for a cool place in these dog days of summer? A nearby swimming hole would  be an ideal place to spend some time. In the past, the residents of Ottawa South had a wonderful spot, a beach at the end of Brighton Avenue, now a park with grass and trees, but formerly a haven for aquatic activities on the Rideau River.


The Lewis Williams Family

Recently on March 1st, as a Saint David's Day tribute, the Bytown Museum posted an historic photo of the Lewis Williams family. Lewis Williams came from Wales in 1817 and settled along the Rideau River in then Nepean Township; the heritage-designated Williams house still stands at 96 Southern Drive, in Old Ottawa South.

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