Category Archives: Winter Trail

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

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 http://sjam.ca for details.

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:

https://fundrazr.com/SJAM.WinterTrail.Season3?ref=ab_3VfML3IelQ83VfML3IelQ8

SJAM Winter Sports Festival – January 20

See http://sjam.ca/ 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.