Champlain Park Winter Trail Donation

The Champlain Park Community Association has donated $500 to support the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail. It fits several of our community goals, from being a welcoming neighbourhood to civic engagement. It’s nice to see the trail being used to such a great extent by our neighbours and the larger community of Ottawa.

The recent path extension to Scott street gives easier access. Some houses on Northwestern have garden gates that lead directly to the trail, possibly something real estate agents would like to mention. 🙂 For the rest of us, the trail conveniently threads through the rinks in our park and has a turn-around loop at the Champlain Park fieldhouse, though that would be more useful after COVID has abated when we can open the fieldhouse changing room.

[Presentation of the Champlain Park Community Association donation cheque to Dave Adams of the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail]
Presentation of the Champlain Park Community Association donation cheque to Dave Adams of the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail. Left to right: Kris Phillips (our local shovel elf), Dave Adams (trail founder) and Adrian Bradley (our local trail maintainer). Note the Trail Heads team t-shirts they’re wearing. Some of our Champlain Park rinks are in the background.
[Big cheque leaning on business end of the grooming equipment]
The $500 donation cheque leaning on the business end of the grooming equipment. In person that bright LED light is quite blinding, but then it’s needed for night grooming. You just have to go and flatten the snow when conditions demand it.
[Grooming equipment, new skidoo #3 made possible by donations]
Some serious grooming equipment, new skidoo #3, and the somewhat expensive gasoline supply are made possible by donations. Champlain Park Puddle Rink is in the background.

Neighbours for Tunney’s Winter Trail Questionaire

The Neighbours for Tunney’s group ( have posted their own news about the Scott Street connection (our article) to the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail. Of note is a short survey (do you like it, keep it?) at the end:

Greetings Neighbours for Tunney’s e-list,

–and welcome to 2022! It’s cold and snowy out there and we want to share news about the new winter trail connection through Tunney’s Pasture–submit your feedback! We’d also like to highlight the City’s Transportation Master Plan and opportunities to engage.

Now Open: The team heading up the Kìchì Sìbì Winter Trail (formerly the SJAM Winter Trail) has announced the opening of its new Scott St Connector at Tunney’s Pasture!

This newest groomed addition to the winter trail network is located along the tree-lined western edge of the Tunney’s Pasture site–establishing a new formal trailhead near Scott St. & Sir Frederick Banting Driveway. *See map image attached. This provides much improved Ottawa River trail connectivity for the Wellington Village neighbourhood to the south of Scott St., as well as to the Tunney’s Pasture LRT station and the southern end of the Champlain Park community.

The Neighbours for Tunney’s group finds this to be an inspiring example of cooperation between many different players and stakeholders including: Tunney’s Pasture site maintenance; our local Member of Parliament (Yasir Naqvi); our Member of Provincial Parliament (Joel Harden); and our City Councillor (Jeff Leiper); as well as neighbours living along this new route. We hope that this is a sign of things to come as we continue to encourage broad-ranging partnerships and community involvement in the redevelopment of Tunney’s Pasture as a vibrant, connected and sustainable new community for all to enjoy.

Thoughts on the new Kichi Sibi Winter Trail Connector at Tunney’s Pasture?

Take this informal 3-Question survey
*Feedback is anonymous but will be shared with residents and Ward representatives

On a related note, Neighbours for Tunney’s encourages residents to participate in the City of Ottawa’s (Draft) Transportation Master Plan engagements. […]

New Scott Street Connection to the Winter Trail

Kìchì Sìbì Winter Trail Announcement: please help spread the word!

NOW OPEN!! The Scott Street Connector at Tunney’s Pasture!

It is with great pleasure that the Kìchì Sìbì Winter Trail Team can at last announce the opening of its new Scott St. Connector.

This newest groomed addition to the winter trail network is located along the tree-lined western edge of the Tunney’s Pasture site, and establishes a new formal trail access point near the corner of Scott St. and Sir Frederick Banting Driveway. This new trailhead is within easy reach of the neighbourhoods immediately to the south of Scott St, as well as to the Tunney’s LRT station.

Winter Trail users (walkers, skiers, winter bikers) can park in the NW corner, or the SW corner, of the Tunney’s Pasture parking lots any time after 3pm on weekdays, and all day on Saturday & Sunday, except during snow clearance operations.

[Satellite View of the Neighbourhood with Trail Extension in Yellow]
20220120 KitchiSibiWT Scott St Connector Map-Dec 2021.pdf

Should you wish to learn more about the Kìchì Sìbì Winter Trail or how to support it, please visit ICYMI, donations are tax deductible.
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Kichi Sibi Winter Trail – Christmas Tree Reuse

The Kichi Sibi Winter Trail @KichiSibiWT are now collecting unwanted xmas trees for reuse as a wind blocks along the winter trail. Please leave your cleaned Xmas tree of tinsel and anything else at the Remic Rapids Outhouse adjacent to the Remic Rapids parking lot, we only need the tree. At the end of the season these reused xmas trees will be chipped and recycled as mulch.

Many thanks
Kichi Sibi Winter Trail + Champlain ParkTrailhead’s

[Remic Rapids outhouse and Christmas Trees lined up on fence]

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 News”

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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