Category Archives: Community News

A collection of all the news items about the people and happenings in Champlain Park.

SJAM Winter Ski Festival Reminder – January 20

The Sir John A. Macdonald winter trail has been a great success and we’re proud to have a portion of the route in Champlain Park.
[Map of SJAM Trail in our Neighbourhood]
To celebrate, a family-oriented ski festival is planned for Sunday, Jan. 20 2019, with a gathering point at Remic Rapids. On the agenda:

  • 9:00am Photo-op for the Official Opening of the SJAM Winter Trail. Group photo of the main people contributing to the trail (including our CPCA representative) at Champlain Park, public are free to watch, followed by a ski and walk to Remic Rapids.
  • 10:00am 1km Ski Scurry (age 10 and under)
  • 10:30am 5km Ski Scoot (age 10 to grandparent!)
  • 11:30am 5km Fatbike Blast

Registration is requested as numbers are limited. Free for kids, $10 for others. If weather is very bad, the event is cancelled. There’s lots more to find out, including how to get a ski bib. Please consult for details.

Winter Carnival – January 26

Champlain Park Winter Carnival – January 26

Free admission, sleigh rides, entertainment, hot drinks!

When? Saturday, January 26, 2019, Noon to 3 p.m.
Where? Champlain Park field house, park, rink.

[Horse Drawn Sleigh from 2016 Carnival]

Volunteer Organizers Would be VERY GRATEFUL if Neighbours Contact them to Help with these Jobs:

Field house: Set up / Clean up, Ticket sales, contribute a slow cooker and be in the chili contest, provide baked goods, help in the kitchen and lunch counter.

Contact Event Organizer, Erin Topping, to help at

[2016 Winter Carnival Chili]

Outdoor rink and park: Organize outdoor games and fun on rink, assist seniors and children with boarding sleigh, help rink supervisor with shovelling.

Contact Rink Supervisor, Jim Kot, to help at

[2016 Winter Carnival Hockey]

Carnival Highlights:

  • Free Sleigh Rides: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Free Entertainment: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Sing Song Party Time with Children’s Entertainer, Derek McKinley)
  • Free Balloon animals with creator Jason Keats!
  • Free Coffee and Hot Chocolate until quantities run out! (Bridgehead – sponsor)
  • Chili Cook–off Contest with great prizes!
  • Lunch counter: Hot dogs, chili, baked goods for sale.

Spread the word! Bring friends and family to Champlain Park !

Snow, rain or shine this event will take place on the last Saturday in January.

Candle Lighting at Westboro Bus Station – January 17

Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 2:02:09 p.m. EST
Subject: Candle Lighting on Thursday at Westboro bus Station

Hello fellow community members:

The Westboro Community Association is going to light a candle and lay flowers to commemorate those who lost their lives in the horrific bus crash on Jan. 11. We invite you to join us on the platform on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. and do the same. There is no ceremony or event; just the community together lighting a candle, laying flowers . . . whatever you think would be appropriate. See you then.

Heather Mitchell

Westboro Community Association

SJAM Winter Trail Improvements

Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:28:40 -0500 (EST)
From: Lynne Bankier

The SJAM Winter Trail now comes directly into Champlain Park!  My husband and I cross country ski regularly on the trail.  What a wonderful amenity to have so close to home, no driving required.  Dave and his volunteers are doing a great job of maintaining the trail, even without fresh snow, so I recommend getting out there; walking, skiing, snow shoeing or cycling with a fat tire bike are all possible.  There is a fire pit near Remic Rapids, with ski rentals by Fresh Air Experience, and an outhouse there too.  Thanks goes to Adrian Bradley (CPCA Environment Committee) for working with Dave Adams, Dovercourt and the NCC.

This is not yet fully publicly funded, so donations are still required to keep this initiative going.  You can donate at the following link:

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2019-01-14

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Environmental Initiatives Meeting – January 17

Interested in learning about and contributing to environmental initiatives in Champlain Park? Meet with us on Thursday, January 17 from 7-9 PM at the Field House. We will discuss the steps we can take together to foster sustainable living in a healthy urban environment, including:

  • Rehabilitation of the “Little Woods” (Patricia and Clearview northeast corner lot)
  • Discuss extension and widening of the existing trail between Carleton, Northwestern and the Remic Rapids Woods
  • Rehabilitation of selected sections of the Champlain Woods (invasive species, tree planting)
  • City’s plan for the Northwestern median
  • Options for planting street trees
  • Update on the Pontiac Street closure
  • The Planters and potential for community garden.

Convened by Daniel Buckles and Adrian Bradley, Co-Chairs, Environment Committee of the Champlain Park Community Association.

SJAM Winter Sports Festival – January 20

See for more details about this winter sports event nearby at Remic Rapids, including weather conditions and entry fees. The main events are:

  • 10:00am 1km Ski Scurry (age 10 and under)
  • 10:30am 5km Ski Scoot (age 10 to grandparent!)
  • 11:30am 5km Fatbike Blast

Registration requested as numbers are limited.