Tag Archives: winter

AROUND THE RINKS: Jackson Trails & Bryanston Gate skating updates

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.

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.)


PHOTOS: Cardinal behind Riverbank Court

These photos come from Kim De Angelis, who spotted this cardinal out her back window on Riverbank Court.  She says the cardinals seem to be making a comeback this winter.  You can’t miss that striking red colour against the fresh snow.

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your best pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)

Kim De Angelis spotted this cardinal out her back window on Riverbank Court.
Photo by Kim De Angelis
Kim De Angelis spotted this cardinal out her back window on Riverbank Court.
Photo by Kim De Angelis


PHOTO: Winter on the trail

Thanks to Christopher Skinner for sharing this photo. "I used to loathe winter. After taking up some outdoor winter hobbies 3-4 years ago, it's impossible to not enjoy days like this," he says.
Photo by Christopher Skinner.

Thanks to Christopher Skinner for sharing this photo, taken earlier in the week. “I used to loathe winter. After taking up some outdoor winter hobbies 3-4 years ago, it’s impossible to not enjoy days like this,” he says.

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your best pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)


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.


Gerry Gray receives Snow Angel award

(via Shad Qadri)

Stittsville resident Gerry Gray surrounded by city councillors and staff. Photo via Shad Qadri's office.
Stittsville resident Gerry Gray surrounded by city councillors and staff. Photo via Shad Qadri’s office.


On Wednesday December 7th I had the pleasure of seeing one of our residents Gerry Gray and nine other individual residents of Ottawa receive certificates in recognition for their volunteer service as Snow Angels during the winter of 2015-16. Continue reading


Show us your holiday art!

Show us your artwork!  Show us some awesome presents with colourful gift wrap ! Show us a picture of one of your winter traditions!  Show us some snowflakes! Show us some reindeer!

Send in a scan or photo of any type of art (painting, drawing, pottery, crafts etc.) before December 31.  You can send us a picture of your awesome artwork to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca, or post it to our Facebook page.

We’ll share our favourites here and on Facebook.

Let It Snow artwork by Maddie G
Inspiration artwork by Maddie G.


City working to fill potholes, control melting snow

(via City of Ottawa)

A sure sign of spring, but not necessarily a welcome one, is the emergence of potholes on our streets.

Potholes are a result of the freeze/thaw weather cycles that deteriorate our road surfaces. During the freeze/thaw, water seeps into the crevices of the road. Fluctuations in temperature, vibrations and traffic volumes all create stress on the asphalt road surface, which can result in potholes. Continue reading


REAL ESTATE: How to stage a snowy exterior

How to best dress the exterior of your house to “wow” potential buyers during the white and cold wintery months is a challenge but also can be a lot of fun for the whole family.

You should not overlook your exterior as a great place to showcase a lifestyle your home can provide even if it was not used that way by you. Staging or showcasing is marketing. Every home can be a winter wonderland to show potential buyers that they can have it too. Show off the areas around the house namely the back, front and side yards with hints of lifestyle potential.

Start by clearing away snow in larger areas, not just a small walking path but clear the deck and areas where two people can walk beside each other. Pathways can lead to inviting destinations like a sitting area surrounding a portable fire place or under a nice pergola. Even if you have your metal canopy frame still up from the hotter months it does provide architecture and looks interesting with snow on it.

Add bird feeders and attractions for squirrels to your yard. Light these destinations with patio lights during out long dark days. Yes, hanging white Christmas lights on a pergola is great but don’t have the house trimmed with Christmas lights; those should be off now. Flood lights work really well to highlight a beautiful tree in the back yard or pointing to that destination area after dark.

Create glimpses of what your location has available nearby. Do you have access to skiing or a toboggan area? Skis against a wall of the house or by a back or side door, or a beautiful wooden toboggan leaned up against the deck are great ideas to convey this lifestyle and local attractions. These subtle visions create emotional responses or triggers. Have benches or Adirondack chairs around the portable fire place. The first thing potential buyers will think is that it is an added bonus for the property to have all that area usable during the cold months.

Add some whimsy! I’ve seen pictures of winter clothing stuffed with snow and think it is brilliant! And what fun that would be to make!

For the front, keep it very simple. Clear walking paths to the front door, two people wide with nice neat edges are aesthetically pleasing. How about a snow man strategically placed on the front lawn? Light it up for the dark evenings. A new and larger exterior door mat for each of your entries is a great touch. A wintery wreath for the front door is great but don’t hang onto that Christmas one as its time is over now. I’d hide away any shovels and salt bags as they aren’t so nice to have greet visitors at the door.

Other must dos:

  • At dusk, turn on the exterior lights and keep them on until midnight. Potential buyers will drive by to scout things out until late into the evening; you want your house to be seen easily and to stand out from the others.
  • Re-photograph your exterior pictures as the season changes. If you had pictures taken at Christmas time for marketing purposes, it’s time to refresh those with new ones after creating this new environment.  Don’t skip this, it’s very important.
  • After shovelling steps, etc. take a stiff-bristled broom to the surfaces as this will uncover the beauty of your walkway and entrance.  These are all selling features and worth working to your advantage especially during our snowy times!
  • Clean and neatly shovelled driveways are a must.  Make it so that it is easy to drive and walk on and not a slushy mess.  Can visitors walk by a parked car easily?  We don’t want it to be difficult. Nice, clear and clean looking is key.

Finally, walk around the neighbourhood and seek out ideas and judge your curb appeal against others. Look at your house from across the street and from both the left and the right sides. Are your lights bright enough? What if you put the upper interior lights on? Ask these questions, be objective and know that this stuff works when you are selling your biggest asset.

Kim Dingwall, aka The Stittsville Stager, can be reached at 613-862-7585 and kim@refinedrooms.ca.



PHOTOS: Early winter morning (Part 3)

Winter is a beautiful time to get outside and take some photos (as long as your camera’s batteries don’t die.) Here’s a series of shots from the past week from Stittsville photographer Barry Gary.

“The morning light is always so wonderful on cold crisp days so I shot everything back light just as the sun was coming up,” he says.

(Part 2 is here…)
Continue reading