Category Archives: Sports & Recreation

LETTER: Snowmobilers need to stay off my lawn

Earlier this winter I was sitting in my home office which looks North onto West Ridge Drive. I heard a snowmobile so glanced out the window to see the snowmobile (heading south) go through West Ridge Park and then cut across my lawn (as I live on the corner).

As I looked out the window to try to identify the snowmobile (plates) I saw a police car driving North on West Ridge.  So the police passed the snowmobile as the snowmobile was driving on my lawn.

The incidents of snowmobiles driving on our lawn was much greater when we moved in in 2014 but has seemed to drop.  This was the first incident this year.  Hopefully there isn’t another as I have a young son who often plays in the front yard.

Brad Waterman
West Ridge


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Stittsville’s GoodLife Fitness opens on January 10

(press release)

GoodLife Fitness will open the doors to its new Stittsville 24/7 co-ed on Tuesday morning at 5am, just in time for local residents to get started on their fitness resolutions for 2017. GoodLife Fitness associates and personal trainers will welcome new and prospective members for fitness orientations and consultations throughout opening day.

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Minor Atom Stittsville Rams take gold at Bell Capital Cup

(ABOVE: The Rams players celebrate their 1-0 win as the final horn sounds.)

(Photos & text via Stittsville Rams)

​The Minor Atom Stittsville Rams competitive hockey team competed in the Bell Capital Cup hockey tournament over the Christmas holidays between 29 and 31 December and found success.

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AROUND THE RINKS: Jackson Trails & Bryanston Gate skating updates

JACKSON TRAILS
The Jackson Trails Community Association is looking for volunteers to help set up and run a community skating rink.  The City of Ottawa has given the go-ahead for an ice puddle rink in Pioneer Plains Park.  The City provides a hose and the water, but maintenance is up to residents. If you’d like to help out, you can contact the group via Facebook or at jtcastittsville@gmail.com.

BRYANSTON GATE
Meanwhile next door in Bryanston Gate, the community association has launched a petition asking the City to re-open their their community warming hut. According to the petition: “The City of Ottawa has decided that the Bryanston Gate community warming hut needs to be locked unless supervised. Every other ODR in Kanata/ Stittsville is unsupervised. Our ODR used to be open from 9am-10pm unsupervised and we would like that back.” Bryanston Gate residents and rink users can sign the petition here…

(UPDATE JAN 5: Councillor Shad Qadri says that a supervisor has been found for the outdoor changeroom, and it will be open from Monday-Friday 3-8pm and weekends from 2-7pm starting Saturday, January 6.)


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LINKED: Special apparatus helps teen with rare genetic disorder realize hockey dream

Great story from the Ottawa Citizen about Stittsville’s Tysen Lefebvre:

Despite Tysen Lefebvre’s physical challenges, the 15-year-old has never backed down from achieving his goals. These days, he’s seeing an all-too familiar Canadian dream come true. Lefebvre has Pfeiffer Syndrome Type 2, a rare genetic disorder that affects his skull, facial features and limbs. Continue reading


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Parking for snowmobilers proposed for West Ridge

City Councillor Shad Qadri is looking for feedback on a plan to add parking on West Ridge near the Trans Canada Trail to serve snowmobilers:

“This week, I have been speaking with traffic staff in an effort to resolve some of the parking conflicts that occur within this area for vehicles left behind for snowmobilers. This parking concept plan would implement available parking intended for the use of (but not limited to) snowmobilers between Abbott St West and Eliza Crescent (see image above). It is my hopes that this strategy will help to clear some of the parking congestion on Abbott during winter months while still allotting a place for recreational activists to make the most of the snowy weather.

At this point in time, it is important to state that this is a project which is still in the works and would only be implemented pending positive community reception and available funding. As such, I am looking for community feedback as to whether or not such a parking plan would be supported or discouraged by residents in and around the area. I am interested in hearing about your opinion and thoughts to the concept plan and cost, which is currently estimated to be around $80,000. Please email all correspondence to Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or post on my Facebook page.”

Snowmobiles are prohibited east of West Ridge, but are allowed heading west.


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PHOTOS: GRC gym renamed after Erica Wiebe

Erica Wiebe dropped into town Tuesday for the christening of the “Erica Wiebe Gym” in the Goulbourne Recreation Complex.

The renaming was proposed in August by Councillor Shad Qadri after Wiebe took gold in wrestling during the 2016 Rio Olympics. It received unanimous approval from council.

“It’s incredible, it’s so surreal,” said Wiebe. “It just seems like yesterday I was in Rio, on the mats, having the best day of my life and then today to have a gymnasium named after me in my community, it’s an honour.” Continue reading


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PHOTOS: La Course des Patriotes at Ecole Paul-D

École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais hosted the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on Saturday morning. Over 400 students and residents registered for the 2km, 5km, and 10km races.  It’s partly an effort to promote youth fitness and healthy lifestyles for their students, and partly give back to the community via a food donation drive. Continue reading


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City seeks feedback on new commemorative park names

(PHOTO: The City is proposing changing the name of Bell Memorial Park on Stittsville Main Street “W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park”. This photo is from the opening ceremonies for the park in October 2015.)

(via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting online public consultations on several naming proposals, including several parks in Stittsville and two nearby rinks in Kanata South,  The deadline for submitting comments online is December 18, 2016. Continue reading


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9RUNRUN: Photos and tweets from today’s races


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COMMENT: Five places to enjoy the great outdoors on Thanksgiving Monday

(PHOTO: Lookout over the marsh at the head of Poole Creek, along the Trans Canada Trail just west of Stittsville.  Photo by Glen Gower.)

As I sit down to write this it’s a very crisp (1°C) but bright Thanksgiving Monday. I hope you can take some time today to get outside for a run, a walk or a bike ride and enjoy one of the many trails we have close to us in Stittsville. (Bring your camera too – the fall colours are incredible.) Here are five of my favourite paths nearby. Continue reading


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First edition of “La course des Patriotes” takes place October 29

École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais, Stittsville’s new French Catholic high school, is planning the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on October 29.

It’s partly an effort to promote youth fitness and healthy lifestyles for their students, and partly give back to the community via a food donation drive.  The event will include 2km, 5km, and 10km races. It’s mandatory for students, but also open to the entire community. Continue reading


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List of road closures for 9RUNRUN on Saturday, October 15

(Photo: Runners at the 2013 9 Run Run event.)

With less than two weeks until race day, spots are nearly sold out for 9RUNRUN. Now entering its seventh year, 9RUNRUN has raised thousands of dollars for causes such as Do It For Daron and project S.T.E.P.

The event was started as a way to show support for the region’s Emergency Services’ personnel, while encouraging health and fitness in the community. It includes a half-marathon, 10K as well as a “2Kish” race loved by families and kids. Continue reading


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Registration continues for the Goulbourn Skating Club

Fall and winter registration is now available for the Goulbourn Skating Club.

For more details on the various sessions and programs offered by the Goulbourn Skating Club, please click here to go to our Program Overview section, or review the registration forms below. Please make note of the required skating qualifications for our Advanced Canskate (formerly Primary) and STARSkate sessions, click here for more details. Continue reading


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Additional details for Sunday’s Sens Fan Fest released

(via Ottawa Senators)

More than 50 players, prospects and alumni to participate in fan press conferences, autograph sessions, intra-squad game and more.

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 25, at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr). The event will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena.

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REVIEW: Cabela’s interactive experience is right on target

(Editor’s note: We sent Stittsville neighbour Coreen Tyers to a media preview on Tuesday of the new Cabela’s store, across the street from Tanger Outlets in Kanata. The store opens to the public on September 22. All photos by Coreen Tyers.)

The store is gorgeous, well lit, and carries a varied selection without being overwhelming. With 70,000 square feet of floor space, the store is very well laid out and signed and each interest has a section, whether it be camping, fishing (fly fishing has its own corner), hunting with bows or guns, technical clothing, preparing ands preserving what you’ve caught, to home decor and camo lingerie too. Continue reading


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Cheer Sport Sharks host two free cheer clinics

(PHOTO: Photo taken at the Kicks Competition in Montreal on March 20th after the Finback and Pacific Sharks won their bids to represent Canada at the 2016 Worlds. Photo by Claire McCaughan.

The Cheer Sport Sharks have two free cheer clinics coming up! Come on out, take part and see what All Star Cheerleading is all about. The clinics will take place on Sunday, September 18 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm and on Tuesday, September 20 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. We have teams at all levels as well as recreational teams.

The clinics will take place at the new Cheer Sport Sharks gym at 109 Iber Road in Stittsville. More information can be found at www.cheersportsharks.com or call 1-888-25-CHEER (2-4337)

(via Cheer Sport Sharks)


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Stittsville 56ers Novice Girls win provincial softball championship

(Bottom Row Left to right: Avery Smith, Violet MacEwen, Jayde Shouldice
Middle Row Left to right: Sarah Di Crese, Brianna Flowers, MacKenzie Bresee
Back Row Left to right: Matt Wheatley (coach), Jordyn LeBoutillier, Reagan Lonsbary, Dan Rollin (Head Coach) Jordyn Lindsay, Fiona Wheatley, Alyssa Rollin, Jon LeBoutillier (coach), Missing Danika Gareau.)

The Stittsville 56ers Girls (ages 13-14) won the 2016 Ontario Selects Novice Softball Championship in Unionville this past weekend, knocking off the team from Forest Glade 11-8 in the final. The girls went undefeated throughout the tournament led by solid pitching from Jordyn Leboutillier, Alyssa Rollin and Avery Smith. Continue reading


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