SJAM Winter Sports Festival – January 19

See 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


  • 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 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 for details.

Busy Winter Weekend – Reminder

It’s going to be busy in the park this weekend and we hope you will be able to join us with your family and friends for both of these winter events – the Winter Carnival on Saturday and SJAM Winter Trail Celebration and Ski Festival on Sunday.

Our Winter Carnival event organizers are asking for your help with the following, if you have some free time for a few hours:

  • Help with running and assisting with the rink activities during the carnival – if interested please contact: Jim Kot phone 613-722-7519 or e-mail
  • Help with providing Chili or Chili cook pots – please contact: Sarah Kotyck email: or Natalie Raffoul email:

Thanks, we appreciate your support and hope you have fun!

Here’s the Ski Festival schedule from Dave Adams:

Scenario – SJAM Winter Trail.pdf

SJAM Ski Festival and Pontiac Ribbon Cutting – Reminder

Just a reminder about the Sunday Ski Festival described in a previous post.

It’s starting on morning of January 28th with a ribbon cutting at the new Pontiac Fence Crossing at 09:10, followed by the delegates skiing to the Remic Rapids ski festival site by 09:30.

See the attached Media Invitation from the NCC for more information. Check the Ski Festival web site for weather updates.

MI – Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail Celebration and Ski Festival.pdf

SJAM Ski Festival – January 28

I just noticed that there will be a ski festival on the Winter Trail at the end of the month. There are also rumours of a ribbon cutting in the morning at the Pontiac street fence opening, as mentioned in Jeff Leiper’s newsletter: “I hope you’ll join us at 9:00 am in Champlain Park to kick the day off as reps from the NCC, other levels of government, and I mark the new opening in the fence that used to divide the City and NCC parks. With that portion of Pontiac closed, the two parks will become more and more seamless in the coming months.”

There is a related Facebook event at General trail info is at and our notes are at The key details from the ski festival’s web site are:

  • Location: Remic Rapids off the Sir John A. McDonald Parkway by the Ottawa river
  • 10:00am 1km Ski Scurry (age 10 and under)
  • 10:30am 5km Ski Scoot (age 10 to grandparent!)
  • Registration requested as numbers are limited
    • FREE for children 10 years and younger, participants will receive a ski bib (link here)
    • $10 for all other participants (link here)
    • Please pick-up bib between 9-9:45 for those who are pre-registered
  • Onsite registration for the ski events will be available from 9:00-9:45am however we strongly encourage you to register in advance.
  • Donations are welcome in person or through the registration link. All proceeds go towards the ongoing operation of the SJAM winter trail. (Please make cheque payable to “Dovercourt Recreation Association” and write “SJAM Winter Trail Project” on the memo line)
  • Norwegian embassy will be supporting
  • In event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled (please check

[Skier with ski trailer for their child]