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Community Bonfire Wrap-up

We had our second and well attended Community Bonfire this past Sunday. The weather was cold (not as much as last year) and sunny, with a slight breeze blowing clouds of smoke along whenever a Christmas tree was added to the fire.


Video URL: https://champlainpark.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/20190210_153610_as_8470-making-smoke.mp4

First, thanks go to community event organizers Jim Cocks, Bill Baggs and Patrick Quinlan. They set it up and did most of the work.

Thanks to Bushtukah for their generous financial contribution, Bridgehead on McRae who provided coffee and supplies once again, and Councilor Jeff Leiper & Fiona for the smores, hot chocolate, permits and active participation!

[Bonfire Group Photo]
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Community Bonfire – February 10

Champlain Park Community Bonfire 2019

When: Sunday, February 10th, 3-5pm
Where: North End of Champlain Park

Last year, our first Community Bonfire in Champlain Park was a roaring success. Once again, community event organizers Jim Cocks and Bill Baggs, who initiated this hot idea, invite neighbours out of hibernation on Sunday afternoon (3-5 p.m.) February 10, to meet around a burning fire, skate on the outdoor rink, or ski on the SJAM groomed trail.

Bonfire Panorama.

The bonfire is located at the north end of our park near the link to NCC woods and the baseball diamond.

Our enthusiastic Councillor, Jeff Leiper, his assistant, Fiona Mitchell, and city workers sponsor the event by securing the open-air fire permit and the fire pit, contributing marshmallows, s’mores materials, hot chocolate and cups. Bushtukah and Bridgehead also lend support. It is a great opportunity to warm up with friends in the community after some winter outdoor fun!

Winter Carnival Thanks

Thank you to Volunteers at Winter Carnival 2019

Many thanks to a huge team of neighbours who volunteered to put on a very successful party at Champlain Park Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2019. To quote Pontiac resident, Dan Wilcock: “For those who were not able to make it this afternoon, I can assure you that it was an incredible event, extremely well attended, and really highlighted the joys of being part of this community.”

We welcomed visits from our elected representatives in all three levels of government: Mayor Jim Watson, City Councillor Jeff Leiper, MP Catherine McKenna, and MPP Joel Harden.

Congratulations and special thanks from the Champlain Park Community to the following enthusiastic volunteers who made it a memorable fun event:

  • Erin Topping and Kelly Archer were the awesome organizers of Winter Carnival 2019.
  • Jim Kot had the rink in great shape. Dave Bolger set up and supervised outdoor activity.
  • Jason Keats, creator of balloon animals, kept the children amused.
  • Linda Landreville and Katie Bolger served food and drinks.
  • Jennie Hornosty and Louise Atkins organized ticket sales.
  • Champlain Park Community Association sponsored the free sleigh ride.
  • West Wellington Business Improvement Area sponsored free entertainment and prizes.
  • Bridgehead supplied free coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Chris and Sharon Kelly gave horse-drawn sleigh rides all afternoon.
  • Derek McKinley (Sing Song Partytime) provided musical entertainment for families.
  • Neighbours donated chilis and baked goods for the lunch counter.

Photos by John Arnason:

Great turnout of skaters on Champlain Park rink, and skiers on SJAM trail!


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Winter Carnival Tomorrow – Saturday January 26 – Reminder

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]

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.

Details at https://champlainpark.org/2019/01/16/winter-carnival-january-26/

Rink Update

Following up on the previous call to shovels, https://champlainpark.org/2019/01/23/snow-shovelling-critical-time-for-the-rink/ here’s a message from Jim Kot (sorry for the delay, was busy shovelling the driveway and roof before things freeze up).

——– Forwarded Message ——–
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 11:14:10 -0500 (EST)
From: kris.tom <kris.tom@sympatico.ca>

Please pass on a big thank you to all who helped shovel, mother nature has kindly watered so the ice should be ready for the winter carnival.

Snow Shovelling Critical Time for the Rink!

Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:23:04 -0500 (EST)
From: kris.tom <kris.tom@sympatico.ca>

Hi Champlain Park

Urgent request to shovel the the snow that has fallen between 4:00 and 6:00 pm in preparation for the rain.

If shovellers could arrive at about 6:30 pm for about half an hour we should be in good shape to save the rink for the carnival.

Thank you.

Please past this message on

Jim Kot

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 erintopping@hotmail.com.

[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 kris.tom@sympatico.ca

[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.