Category Archives: Sports & Recreation

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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Zida Academy embraces new teaching technology

(Photo: Former student Samantha Pierre at the opening of Zida Academy in Stittsville. Photo by Devyn Barrie)

The grounds of Zida Academy were really jumping over the weekend.

Probably because students were busy checking out a park of Bluetooth-enabled trampolines, just one of the many high-tech features available to students of the new private school this year.  Continue reading


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GRC pool closed from August 29-September 19 for maintenance

(via Councillor Shad Qadri / City of Ottawa)

The Goulbourn Recreation Complex and Richcraft Recreation Complex swimming pools will be closed from August 29th-September 19th/18th due to annual maintenance.

The complexes have requirements to remain open from mid September until the end of June due to demand and the City tries to avoid closures for aquatic operations during the summer period as much as possible. Facility closure decisions are not arbitrary, but a result of analysis of program registration statistics and other user requirements.

Residents are encouraged to review the city’s public swimming schedules web page which identifies the current pool closures and provides a search option for pool schedules here.

For an alternative option, the Kanata Leisure Centre had its annual maintenance closure for 2016 in March/April and is currently open for all programs and services. Please note that fall schedules will be changing in September; updated schedules will also be available at the link above.


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GRC gym to be named after Erica Wiebe

Just one week after she won Olympic gold in Rio, hundreds of residents – many of them kids – packed the gymnasium at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex on Thursday evening to welcome Erica Wiebe back home to Stittsville.

Wiebe led the crowd in O Canada, signed autographs, posed for pictures, and encouraged everyone – young and old – to follow their passions.

Councillor Shad Qadri also announced that the gym would be re-named in honour of the wrestler.

Here are some tweets and photos from tonight’s event. Continue reading


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Trampoline park will be part of Zida Academy grand opening on Sunday

(Photo: Zida’s Sheng Lan with his mother Hua (Jennifer) Lan and father Julian Ni. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

Zida Academy, the private school at the old Ottawa Waldorf School location on Goulbourn Street, is hosting a grand opening celebration on Sunday, August 28. The event happens from 1pm to 4pm and it’s open to the public.

The owners have spent the past few months doing an overhaul of the facility, including new roofing, interiors, security fencing and internet wiring. Continue reading


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Orangetheory Fitness hosts grand opening on Thursday

The staff at Orangetheory Fitness (Huntmar @ Hazeldean) get set for Thursday's opening.
The staff at Orangetheory Fitness (Huntmar @ Hazeldean) get set for Thursday’s opening.

(via Orangetheory Fitness)

After five long months of construction, reserving pre-opening memberships, participating in multiple events, setting up and training the team of staff in order to open our next studio… and what seems like forever, we are finally there!

Thursday, August 25th marks the date for our second Orangetheory Fitness studio here in Ottawa and we are excited to invite the public, friends, family and members out to our Grand Opening Event! Continue reading


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