Category Archives: Sports & Recreation

CITIZEN: Sacred Heart students get rinkside pre-access to NHL100 Classic

From Jennifer Liu in the Ottawa Citizen:

More than 30 Grade 7/8 math students from Sacred Heart High School were at Lansdowne Park on Wednesday as guests of the NHL. As crews worked on the almost-finished rink being built for Saturday’s NHL100 Classic at TD Place, the students toured the facilities, learning not about hockey, but the science behind the game.

Temperatures dipped to -15 C, but the group braved the cold as their tour guide explained how the ice rink was made. During the talk, construction crews transported wooden beams and laid down reflective material on the ice. Workers donned ski goggles, wool toques and thick mittens to guard against the bone-chilling cold…

Sacred Heart was chosen to attend the event through their participation in the NHL/NHLPA Future Goals Hockey Scholar Program. Students play interactive games online to consolidate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects learned in the classroom.

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Registration now open for 2018 9RunRun

Registration is officially open for next year’s edition of 9RunRun on October 13, 2018. Anyone who registers before December 30 will be entered to win 1 of 2 Garmin Forerunners or 1 of 3 pairs of tickets to a Sens home game.

You can register here…

9RunRun provides runners with a second-to-none fall running experience combined with an amazing opportunity to support Ottawa’s fire, police and paramedics services.

  • Run with Ottawa’s Firefighters, Police and Paramedics
  • Beautiful fall running on courses including parts of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • High-quality race organization with timing from Sportstats
  • Fun, event features like the annual Chief’s Chili Cookoff
  • Awesome t-shirts and medals you won’t find anywhere else!


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PHOTO: Stittsville’s all-weather bike trails

What a great selfie from Bob Herres, taken earlier this week along the Trans Canada Trail. That’s his good friend Diesel, a part Husky, in the background.

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


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LINKED: Plan now for vacant Canadian Tire Centre, city urges Sens

From Laura Osman / CBC News:

Mayor Jim Watson says he doesn’t want to repeat the mistake other cities have made by leaving Ottawa’s NHL arena vacant when the team moves into a new downtown rink.

Watson, who’s preparing to take a seat at the negotiating table to hash out details of the LeBreton Flats redevelopment, said Tuesday the future of the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC) in Kanata must be considered before the Senators move to a new arena.

The worst case scenario, according to Watson?

“That it remains vacant and empty and no activity happens there for years and years.”

In September Senators president Tom Anselmi said the organization hadn’t settled on a plan for the CTC after the team moves out. Watson said Tuesday as far as he knows, there still isn’t one.

“My concern is that [the Senators] would move ahead with LeBreton and tie up that land, that very important piece of property for the west end, tie it up for years by doing nothing with it.” – Kanata North Councillor Allan Hubley

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OCT 25: Information session about Huffing And Puffing Ottawa Seniors Fitness

Huffing And Puffing Ottawa Seniors Fitness Association (HAPO SFA), in conjunction with Ale Amberwood Lounge & Eatery, are Hosting a Coffee & Tea Information Session, to be held @ the Ale Lounge on the 25th of October 2017 @ 2:00pm.

HAPO SFA is affiliated with Huff N’ Puff SFA which is a Non Profit Association for Seniors providing both numerous social & fitness programs. HNF SFA in London, Ontario is a highly successful SFA which provides programs and Fitness facilities to over 2000 London Ontario Seniors. The North London Optimist Centre has just undergone a refurbishment of their facilities, which is to a great extent been made possible by the money generated by the HNP patronage. London HNP uses 3 major facilities and numerous other facilities, including ice rinks, sports parks, schools, legions, curling arenas, etc. Please visit thier web site to see more about thier programs and facilities: http://www.huffnpuffsfa.com/


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PHOTOS: 3-on-3 ball hockey tournament

About 115 kids took part in a massive ball hockey fundraiser on Saturday in Stittsville. Hosted by the Stittsville RAMS Minor Atom team, the teams competed in Novice, Atom and Peewee divisions. Photos via Sabrina Kemp.

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

3-on-3 ball hockey tournament

3-on-3 ball hockey tournament

3-on-3 ball hockey tournament

3-on-3 ball hockey tournament

3-on-3 ball hockey tournament


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City asks for feedback on “Kavanagh Green” proposal

(via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations for a commemorative naming proposal for a future park located at the corner intersection of Hazeldean Road and Stittsville Main Street as “Kavanagh Green”.

In recognition of the Kavanagh family’s historical significance to the community of Stittsville, a proposal to name a future park at the southwest corner intersection of Hazeldean road and Stittsville Main Street has been submitted to the Commemorative Naming Committee. For nearly a century, Kavanagh family members have made important contributions to the community of Stittsville and surrounding areas which include owning and operating the popular Stittsville Flea Market for 25 years and volunteering with the Food Bank, Holy Spirit Church and the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice.

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Registration open until October 8 for Stittsville ball hockey tourney

(via Stittsville RAMS)

On Saturday, October 14 from 2-5 pm, the Stittsville RAMS Minor Atom hockey team will be hosting a 3 on 3 ball hockey tournament for Novice, Atom and Peewee teams (kids born between 2005 – 2010) at the old Stittsville flea market lot on Hazeldean Rd. near the corner of Main Street. Continue reading


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Grand opening this week for Altitude Gym on Palladium Drive

Altitude Gym is officially inaugurating its new climbing center at 501 Palladium Drive this week with two public events.

On Thursday, October 5, they’ll host a special event for climbers from 6:00pm to 10:30pm, and on Saturday, October 7, there’s a family event from 10 am to 5 pm.  During both events, they’ll celebrate with activities, music by a DJ, door prizes, and many surprises. More info…

(The gym is at the corner of Palladium Drive and Silver Seven Road, just a bit across the Kanata-Stittsville border.)


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Updated list of road closures for 9RunRun on October 14

(via 9RunRun organizers)

We invite everyone to become part of our community’s 9RUNRUN. Cheer on runners as they run/walk by your home or place of business, sign up to volunteer at various stations or participate in one of the run/walk distances.

Now in its 8th year, having raised over $140, 000 in support of mental health programs in our community, the 9RunRun brings together runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators, through its partnership with the Ottawa Police, Paramedics and Fire Departments. Continue reading


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VIDEO: Wrestler Erica Wiebe trains at the WWE Performance Center

Olympic gold medalist and Stittsville native Erica Wiebe was featured in a video produced by the WWE: “The top women’s freestyle wrestler in the world talks about her experience watching the Mae Young Classic and training with NXT Superstars at the WWE Performance Center.”


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A holistic approach to health and exercise at Barres and Wheels

(All photos ©Tiffany Kristen Photography)

(I met up recently with Marie Boivin, a long-time Stittsville resident who recently opened Barres and Wheels, a fitness studio on Stittsville Main Street, in the strip mall next to Brown’s and Tim Hortons. The business brings together her love of ballet, a strong business background, and her personal focus on fitness and nutrition as a way to overcome life’ challenges. -GG.)

GLEN GOWER:  When I walked in, I was amazed at how bright and open this space was. How would you describe the space to someone who hasn’t been here before?

MARIE BOIVIN: First of all you don’t feel like you’re in a strip mall in Stittsville. It’s an impression of open space, lots of natural light, the barn wood, the cork floors, the wooden table. So all the elements are brought back together and I have a feeling of grounding. I believe it’s a grounding space and this is what I tried to emulate.

GG: I know there was a fitness studio here before also doing barre fitness. What’s changed from the previous business that was here?

MB: From a structural point of view, not much has changed. I re-configured the space, I separated the large studio space into a spinning studio. I kept the beautiful skylight and the rest of the space as a barre studio. I built an office. All the furniture is brand new. We painted and added some art on the wall, and we put our touch into the space.

GG: Describe some of the different things that you offer here.

MB: My passion has always been in dance and ballet, so as a little girl this was my dream to become a ballerina.  Obviously it did not materialize! But I always danced as an adult as a hobby in classical ballet. After I had my last child, my little guy who’s now five, I could never really go back to ballet. My body changed, and I turned to barre fitness which I believe is an unbelievable workout.

The concept of bar is really small isometric movements, and holding the positions for a really long time so it really fatigues the muscles, and then we stretch it out with nice, deep stretches. So you really combine ballet, yoga and pilates.  All of that combined together brings an unbelievable workout.  It’s very low impact — not prone to injuries — and it builds the nice long lean muscles that ballerinas have.  It really improves posture… it really tones everything.

GG: And you’ve combined that with the bikes.

MB: Exactly, I believe that barre fitness is absolutely wonderful, but I thought that there was a component missing, which was the cardio.  So by bringing on the cycling, which is also low-impact, the two of them combined together brings an amazing offering for overall fitness.

On the barre side, we try to incorporate yoga, which I think is very important for the mind. So we have very calming classes, like Wednesday night candle-lit yoga.  Sunday morning we have the sun salutations. When I see the space and I see the skylights above the barre studio, there’s nothing like it. So you set your week right, set your intentions, and it really energizes you afterwards.

We also do combined classes, so 45 minutes of spinning, followed immediately by yin yoga. It’s a lot of nice, deep long stretches so it opens up the hips, and all the places where you are typically tight, like we hold a lot of stress into our shoulders, or for runners who typically have very tight hips, it really releases.

GG: I want to talk a bit about the business environment. We’ve seen Movati open out here in the west end, and Goodlife.  A lot of people say, “how are some of the smaller businesses going to survive”?  Where’s the niche for a smaller studio like this? How do you fit in and run a business with so much competition?

MB: I believe there’s a place for everything. This would be considered a boutique fitness studio, where we offer something very specific. We don’t have personal trainers or other things that larger studios would offer.  With all the competition maybe we’ll have the fittest people in Ottawa in Stittsville!  What we offer is unique in the sense that every exercise is low-impact. It’s for literally everybody at any fitness level. We can have a high-performing athlete on a bike, and a beginner on the next bike. Every single class can be catered and modelled and adapted to any fitness level.

GG: And do you live in Stittsville? What’s your background?

MB: I do, I’ve lived here for over 15 years.  I have 20 years in corporate business, mostly in finance. I’ve transitioned in the past year over a very stressful phase of my life, and once I had resigned from my previous position, I found myself wondering what was next.

Throughout my life, and throughout some very stressful times what kept me going was fitness and nutrition. I had to focus on this, and I set myself small objectives on a daily basis, and that’s what kept me going in every other aspect of my life to help me manage stress. So that’s why I wanted to create a space that was calm, non-threatening, appeals to all the senses, and people come here and they set their own objectives and we help them carry it through.

Marie Boivin, founder of Barres and Wheels. © Tiffany Kristen Photography

GG: What’s your vision for where this goes in the future?

MB: We want to fill in the classes!  We want to have people come in and sign up, and eventually we might grow and thing of studio number two. We want to make sure the concept is strong and developed here and we can evaluate what the next phase is going to be.

GG: Anything else you want to share with Stittsville?

MB: I love Stittsville. This is my town, this is where my kids are still growing. I have two kids in university and my little guy goes to Jean Paul II. So we love to feature local artists, we love to help out. This is a community space and I let people come in and do their workshops. So we have nutrition workshops, Kate Rickman features her art here, and we try to feature local businesses as well.

The studio runs two classes a week for new moms (it’s called Baby Barre) where they can bring their babies either in a carrier or place on a mat in front of them. These classes are free on a donation to CHEO. We suggest $10 per class and a donation receipt will be issued by CHEO at the end of the year. My son Leo had an open heart surgery at birth so we have always donated back since he was born. I wish to continue this tradition with the new business!

(Barres and Wheels is located at 1261 Stittsville Main Street. For more info visit barresandwheels.com)

Front entrance of Barres & Wheels
Photo by G. Gower.

Photo ©Tiffany Kristen Photography

Photo ©Tiffany Kristen Photography


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Silver Seven team helps harvest for the Food Bank

Our team, Silver Seven Major Atom AA, talks a lot about leadership, particularly leading by example, on and off the ice.  Every year we do a couple of things outside hockey and the rink for the community.

In the past our teams have done Terry Fox runs, food drives, Christmas carols and cookies for seniors, Christmas good deeds, etc.  We don’t do a lot, usually two or three small things over a season.  The point emphasized to the kids is, “What if everyone did a little bit? It would really add up, and as leaders we need to step forward to show an example.” Continue reading


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Sens announce additional details for Fan Fest on Sept 17

(press release)

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, presented by Canadian Tire, in support of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 17 at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr).

Held in conjunction with Scotiabank, CTV and TSN 1200, Senators Fan Fest will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, a Locker Room Sale featuring new and used hockey equipment along with interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena. Continue reading


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LINKED: How the dream of the Trans Canada Trail soars — and falls short

Here’s an article from Maclean’s about the “completion” of the Trans Canada Trail.  The milestone was celebrated at Village Square Park in Stittsville with a flag raising last weekend.  Our portion of the trail is a former rail line, converted to a gravel trail in the late 1990s/early 2000s, running from Bells Corners to Carleton Place. It remains designated as a municipal transportation corridor and could someday be repurposed for light rail.

To help celebrate what Trans Canada Trail organizers hailed as a big milestone, there was a scavenger hunt in Olds, Alta. A ribbon- and cake-cutting in Kenora, Ont. Family supper in Saint-Barnabé, Que. And a big concert in downtown Ottawa, with Governor General David Johnston hosting and former Barenaked Lady Steven Page singing about his old apartment. Continue reading


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Weekly table tennis program a source of fun and fitness

Last year I watched a fascinating British television program on aging, called How To Stay Young.  Despite the familiar theme, it proved to be full of interesting and inspiring information which spurred me into thinking about playing table tennis for its beneficial effects.

I had played as a teenager and I now have a ping pong table in the basement for an occasional game with my grandsons.  However, that was the extent of my table tennis experience and the idea of playing as a sport had not occurred to me.  In part, that was because I had never seen it mentioned in my search for fitness classes, so I had low expectations of finding a club within easy reach of Stittsville.

Finding information online was a challenge but perseverance paid off and I was delighted to discover a group, right here at the Johnny Leroux arena.

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