Category Archives: Community Events

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.

Chili Makers and Volunteers for the Winter Carnival

The carnival is coming soon, Saturday January 26th to be precise, noon to 3pm at the Field House. More details about that later, but first, we need chili and baked goods!
[2016 Winter Carnival Chili]
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Christmas Sleigh Ride – Thanks

Many Thanks to Volunteer Neighbours for Community Sleigh Ride 2018!

What a wonderful way to start the Holidays with Carol Singing and Jingling of Bells through Champlain Park!

A special thank you to Jim Cocks who was the energetic organizer of the event. Dennis Van Staalduinen, West Wellington Business Improvement Association, led the singing of Christmas Carols with enthusiasm! The Sauve family, with Tom Sauve playing a lead role, once again prepared the special visit to Santa and distribution of candy canes to children by Santa’s helpers. The Champlain Park Community Association funded the event. Thank you to volunteers who made hot chocolate and donated baked goods that were enjoyed by everyone at the field house. Families came out of hibernation to an evening with mild weather and a great opportunity to connect with neighbours! See the attached photos contributed by John Arnason.

Jim Cocks, Volunteer Organizer, hosts Community Sleigh Ride 2018.

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Community Sleigh Ride – December 20

Start Your Holiday Celebration with a Community Sleigh Ride and Carol Singing!

Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 6:15PM

[Horse and sleigh ride]

What a great way to start the holidays!

If you’re able to volunteer any time with set-up, cleanup, making treats or hot chocolate, or just have questions about the event, please let Jim Cocks know at or (613) 728-7881. We thank-you in advance. One can never have too many elves!

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Water Main Break at Keyworth and Sunnymede

I just got back from a walk to find out why there was a large pile of ice at the bottom of our driveway on Daniel Avenue. Turns out the water main has sprung a leak in the middle of the Keyworth and Sunnymede intersection. Water is pouring out of cracks in the road, making a nice little brook about 1m wide and 2cm deep, flowing quickly west down Sunnymede (there’s a slope there). It was flowing into Daniel Avenue earlier this morning and froze up along the gutter side of the street. Since then, city crews have opened up storm drains closer to the leak and have closed off Keyworth, with signs at the Amanda and Clearview ends saying road closed, local traffic only. Keyworth buses have been diverted to Daniel. Thanks to the city crews for their quick action; hope repairs go smoothly.

– Alex

P.S. The Holiday Craft Show seemed busy when I popped in, they’re open until 3pm today at the Field House.

Craft Fair – November 24

Champlain Park Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Come and browse through pottery, jewellery, artwork, knitting, cashmere clothing, stained glass, holiday baking at the Champlain Park field house from 10-3, Info: 613-728-1945

[Kitted Decorated Hats]
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Halloween Fun Run Wrap-up

Many Thanks to Awesome Volunteers for Halloween Fun Run 2018

Thank you to all of the parents, volunteers, and runners of the Champlain Park Community who came out to run and raise over $900 for Ausome Ottawa on Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2018. A local charity, Ausome Ottawa provides sports programs for autistic children. Special thanks to Pete Laughton who has organized this event for seven years. Thank you to Adrian Bradley and helpers for hard work clearing the NCC path through the woods, used in winter for SJAM ski trail. Champlain Park Community Association funded treats and prizes so all proceeds from registration would go to charity. Our Councillor, Jeff Leiper, was there and spent most of his time as Marshal on the course, standing and cheering beside the path in the woods as runners went by. What a good sport! An estimated 100 parents and kids showed up in Halloween costumes again this year. First and foremost, they had a lot of fun dressing up, attempting to run in costumes, and eating a little pre-Halloween candy!

We forgot to take photos this year, but this is what it looked like last year:

[Getting Organized at the Starting Line]