Star Gazing in the Park – August 13


Saturday August 13
(Aug. 14 Rain Date)

Champlain Park
(140 Carleton Ave.)

Outdoor Lecture: Astronomy Basics

with Gary Boyle (near the Fieldhouse), 8:00 – 8:30 pm

Gary is an astronomer, educator and lecturer, dedicated to public outreach. He is also a national media contact on various astronomical events and a columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, The Backyard Astronomer. In 2017, Gary was recognized by the International Astronomical Union with the naming of asteroid 22406, “Garyboyle” in his honour.

Telescope Star Party in the Park

Aprox 8:30 – 11:30 pm

After the sun sets, a family-friendly star viewing in Champlain Park with telescopes and astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Ottawa Centre. Also bring your own telescope to add to the fun!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Physical distancing even at outdoor events is recommended by Ottawa Public Health and this will be encouraged at the event to keep everybody safe. If distancing is not possible, wearing a mask is recommended.

[Poster for Nocturne 2022 Star Gazing in the Park on August 13 2022]

Membership Drive 2022 – August 20 to September 30

We are returning to our annual Champlain Park door-to-door membership drive this year.

Cost: per household: $20 (Preferably cash or cheque – with an option for e-transfer)

This helps us support the various community events (sleigh rides, fun runs, Winter Carnival, bonfire and more), community projects (like gardens and forest work) and raise our voice in response to changes from the city and developers. Members also get a vote at the AGM.
[Audience in our park watching A Company of Fools put on The Tempest, summer 2022]

Urgently needed: Volunteers
We need an additional 6 – 8 new canvas volunteers to assist with the membership drive.

It’s a fun and easy way to meet more neighbours.

What’s involved: a few hours of your time (usually late afternoon or evening or on weekends)
Visit about 20 houses on a designated street in the neighbourhood to collect fees and provide neighbours with a one-page handout that highlights the various activities of the Association.

Our canvas volunteers are the core of our Champlain Park Community Association fundraising efforts. Revenues collected enable a variety of community association activities.

If you are able to help or want more information, please contact: Jennie Hornosty (membership coordinator) at email: with the subject line: membership drive.

Wading Pool Opening – June 26

Summer time around the pool is here!

Our wading pool will open for the season starting on June 26, 2022 (weather dependent) and run until August 22. It’s usually open noonish until around dinner time, closed on Wednesdays. The city’s Wading Pool Information Page has more information and a map. There may be Covid-19 restrictions, if conditions warrant. The opening of wading pools is dependent on the weather. If the weather looks uncertain, call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 to find out if the wading pool is open that day.

[Wading Pool Photo]

Our Pool is Located at Champlain Park – 140 Carleton Ave.

Visitors are reminded to abide by admission requirements and water safety rules.

Day July & August
Monday 11 am to 6 pm
Tuesday noon to 7pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday noon to 7pm
Friday 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday noon to 5 pm
Sunday noon to 5 pm

Other related pool cooling off options:

Other pools and beaches are listed on the City’s swimming page.

There’s also the RA Outdoor Pool Schedule

COVID-19 and CPCA Operations in Fall 2021

How the CPCA will operate this season:

  • Undertake only outdoor community activities, where physical distancing can be achieved, to be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact the CPCA Board via the website if you are interested in organizing such an activity (Include details).
  • Covid waiver to be signed where applicable.
  • All meetings and AGM to be virtual.
  • Note that Board members remain active, attending virtual meetings and responding in writing to the City Councillor, City of Ottawa Committees and Committee of Adjustment regarding issues and proposals that affect our community.

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Little Forest and Pollinator Garden Tour – August 14

Tree and Garden Tour in Champlain Park

Sunday, August 14, 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Join John Arnason (Ethnobotanist), Owen Clarkin (Tree specialist), and Daniel Buckles (Community animator) for a tour of the pollinator gardens, “tiny forests,” and nearby woodlands of Champlain Park in Kitchissippi. Talks on plants, policies and the passion for nature.

Starts at 3:00 PM at the Field House, facing 150 Cowley Avenue.

Note: Outdoor event, physical distancing, masked or unmasked. Wear long pants and shoes, if you want to check out the trees in the forest.

[Growth in the Pollinator Garden 2022]

Hidden Harvest Fruit Drive

Do you have a Hidden Harvest to share?

Harvest season for grapes, apples and pears is right around the corner and Hidden Harvest Ottawa is always looking for people interested in sharing their bounty or time. If you have a tree with fruit to share, neighbourhood leaders will organize volunteers to come and pick the fruit to share with you, the volunteers and a local food agency like Parkdale Food Centre. Good quality fruit is always in high demand.

As well, volunteers are always needed to pick the fruit, and especially to become neighbourhood leaders who can organize harvests. A great way to put your fruit and talents to good use!

You can register your tree, sign up to be a volunteer, or donate at If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local neighbourhood leader Brian Innes at

[A couple of people proudly displaying several cardboard boxes of apples with an apple tree and ladder in the distant background and a Hidden Harvest logo plaque lying on the apples]

Beware of “grandparent scam”

Forwarded from Ottawa Police Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for July 22, 2022

Contact Cst. Stephanie Lemieux directly (east of O-Train, Line 2) at or 613-236-1222, ext. 5290.

Contact Cst. Darren Joseph directly (west of O-Train, Line 2) at or 613-236-1222, ext. 5871.


Watch out for “grandparent scam” fraudsters

The Ottawa Police Service is advising residents that the ‘grandparent’ scam is very active this summer, with 20 reports received in the past 7 days alone. Victims have been defrauded of large amounts of cash, ranging from $10,000 to 30,000.
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Kot Family Memorial Bench

Memorial Bench Installed on Pontiac Street to Remember Longtime Residents of Cowley Avenue, Steve and Kay Kot

[New Bench on Pontiac Street at Mini-Forest]

If you are walking or biking along the unpaved section of Pontiac Street between Cowley Ave. and Carleton Ave. you will see that the City has installed a new bench facing Champlain Park. The following reflection on the history of her parents and of growing up across the street from Champlain Park during the 1960’s and 1970’s was contributed by Mary Ellen Kot:

[Kot Mom and Dad]
Dad and Mom.

The Kot family, (Mary Ellen, Kathleen, Patricia, Theresa, James and Stephen) is happy to donate a bench to the Champlain Park Community, in memory of our parents, Kay and Steve Kot. Mom (Kathleen Bull) spent all her life (1927-2020) in the west end of Ottawa. She lived at 45 Barrington (later re-named 311 Spencer St.), with her mother and brothers. Dad was from a farming family in Saskatchewan. He came to Ottawa in 1948 to work for the Patent Office of the federal government. His first office was in the Langevin Building where he enjoyed a view of the Parliament buildings. After they married in 1952, Dad joined Mom’s family on Spencer St.
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Bicycle Safe Riding Workshops for Kids

The Ottawa Safety Council is running several CycleSafe Workshops throughout the City this summer!

These workshops are open to children aged 5-14 years old, cost $30/child and range in duration from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

Less about how to ride a bike, these workshops focus primarily on safety concepts and awareness needed to share the road safely with other road users, including: anticipating and understanding other road users’ perspectives and actions, Selective Attention, parked cars, positioning on the road, weather conditions and terrain, falling safely, communicating with other road users, hazard scanning, navigating intersections/driveways and right of way.

For more information visit:
To register your child visit:

[Poster for Cyclesafe Workshops 2022]

Pollinator Garden is Open

The Champlain Park Community Association is pleased to welcome one and all to our neighbourhood’s public Pollinator Garden. Come enjoy the flowers and try to spot the Monarch Butterflies. Access can be gained on the side of the garden facing Pontiac St. Please remain on the pathways when visiting; feel free to bring some water for the plants.

While in the area you can also visit the new Rain Garden, Planters, and our nascent mini-forests along Pontiac St. So much to see-and it will only get even better with time.

Many thanks to our Committee green thumbs for all their hard work in curating, planting and caring for these wonderful additions to our neighbourhood-special thanks to Kris, John, Catherine, Daniel, Joscelyn and all of our Planter Caretakers!

[Pollinator Garden front view]
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