Category Archives: Winter Trail

Trailhead Snow Sculptures

Mysterious Trailhead snow sculptures momentarily appear in the Champlain Park!

Photo: 1 Mysterious Trailheads snow sculptures momentarily appear in the Champlain Park with spring is in the air! Created by Maggie Glossop and team – Susan Jolliffe and Sarah Green

We would like to give a big thank you to Maggie Glossop and her volunteers for creating and maintaining the snow sculptures within the NCC woodlands.
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SJAM Winter Trail – Christmas Tree Reuse

The SJAM Winter Trail is collecting cleaned up Christmas Trees for use as a windbreak. Yes, your #xmas2020 tree still have a lot more lovin’ to give! Your little sweet heart can spend the rest of the winter sheltering the wind and making this rest area, or what we call the #NordicVillage, a winter’s paradise. @NCC_CCN

We are accepting your recycled Christmas Trees at 2 locations:

Remic Rapids Park

Champlain Park

  • Behind the Baseball diamond net in the Champlain Park

[Christmas trees stacked up against the baseball diamond fence at Champlain Park, Ottawa, ready for a bonfire or windbreak]

Many thanks, these trees will be further recycled as mulch after the winter season.

SJAM Winter Trail News

The most recent news is that the Champlain Park Community Association made a $500 donation to support the Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail. Our community association co-chair Lynne says:

One of our goals this year is to support the SJAM, an especially important resource for community exercise and recreation with the pandemic making outdoor physically distanced activities critical to a healthy winter.

In this photo from a snowy cold Wednesday morning on October 28th 2020 are Jeff Leiper (our city councillor), Dave Adams (SJAM Winter Trail), and Adrian Bradley (CPCA).

SJAMWinterTrail Thank You from Dave Adams (center). Jeff Leiper (left, city councillor) and Adrian Bradley (right, CPCA)

After the ceremony, we had a look at where the Pontiac curb would be cut (need a 10 foot wide space) with sloping sides to make room for the groomer to continue the ski trail onto the field. Previously we had a seasonal ramp made of wood chips. Continue reading

SJAM Winter Trail Recognition

Dave Adams of the SJAM Winter Trail just posted a tweet thanking us for our community association’s donation. See https://twitter.com/SJAMWinterTrail/status/1228722007472320519

[Dave Adams in front of the Fieldhouse with a Big Donation Sign]

Community Bonfire – February 22

Champlain Park Community Bonfire 2020

When: Saturday, February 22nd, 3-5pm
Where: North End of Champlain Park

Bonfire Panorama.

3rd Annual SJAM bonfire will be lit, Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 ; 3 – 5pm

For the last two years, our community bonfires have been a roaring success! Once again, you are invited out of hibernation on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to meet around a neighbourly bonfire at the edge of the SJAM Trail. Come for a skate on the Champlain Park outdoor rink, or a XC ski or fatbike on the SJAM trail — and warm up with a hot drink around the bonfire. A City of Ottawa open-air fire permit will be secured once again for this event and the burning spot will be at the north end of Champlain Park, near the link with the NCC woods.
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SJAM Winter Sports Festival – January 19

See http://sjam.ca/ for more more up to date details about this winter sports event nearby at Remic Rapids, including weather conditions and entry fees.

[Rear view of the skiers starting to race]


SJAM Festival

COME AND JOIN US FOR A FUN COMMUNITY EVENT ON SUNDAY 19 JANUARY 2020.

  • All ages XC Ski Scurry and Scoot fun races
  • All ages Fat Bike Blast race
  • Try out the GIANT multi-person Norwegian skis
  • Check out our ski obstacle course, play on the snow hill, demo some gear, warm up with hot chocolate and enjoy our supporting partner booths
  • Support two important local causes: The SJAM Winter Trail and The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa

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SJAM Winter Trail Fundraising Night – October 9

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/506124356611489/
More info about the trail: https://champlainpark.org/sjam-winter-trail/

Since the trail is funded and run by volunteers, they need to raise the money to keep it running (gasoline, snowmobile repairs and that sort of thing) this winter. You can donate to them in the usual ways, or visit the fundraiser, where they are auctioning off or giving away some interesting items (see https://twitter.com/SJAMWinterTrail for teases).

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Mill St. Brew Pub Ottawa
555 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1C5

SJAM Trail Now has Enough Snow

Now that we have enough snow, the next bottleneck for the SJAM Winter Trail is funding (there’s a Fundrazr.com web page or you can send a cheque to Dovercourt). The main source of funding remains interested individuals.

Here’s what they say in a Facebook post and Twitter Tweet:

We are proud of the fact that the SJAM Winter Trail is a Multi-Use Urban Winter Pathway but it does mean care and feeding everyday; otherwise it is no good to anyone.

[SJAM Before Grooming]

Thank you for your donations to keep us grooming. Together lets keep the trail inviting to use, free, and welcoming to everyone.

[SJAM After Grooming]

Hoping one day will see City of Ottawa funding.

https://fundrazr.com/SJAM.WinterTrail.Season3
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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!

Report on January 17th Environmental Initiatives Meeting

Report on Environmental Initiatives Meeting – January 17

The Environment Committee of the Champlain Park Community Association met with interested residents at the Field House on Thursday, January 17. There were 16 people at the meeting engaged in informative discussions and amicable debates about steps we are taking together to foster sustainable living in a healthy urban environment (the Committee mission). Follow this link to the Environment Committee page for detail.

Daniel Buckles and Adrian Bradley, Co-chairs, Environment Committee