Even CNN is talking about us: ‘The world’s largest outdoor ice rink is closed due to lack of ice’.

Despite the hopeful comments from the National Capital Commisson – ‘we remain hopeful that we’ll be able to welcome skaters to the Skateway this year’ – next week’s temperatures will be warmer than the past making an opening of the Rideau Canal Skateway unlikely this year.

Who knows, by the time the City shuts down next month for US President Joe Biden‘s visit – date unknown, but Ottawa Playboard feels good about March 6 – 10 – the visiting entourage could be walking around in short sleeves.

– Martha and Darren


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  • 75
  • – The number of years that Comerford’s Cigar Store had operated on Bank Street. After decades of providing stogies to customers such as Ed Broadbent, Mordecai Richler,  Harry Connick Jr., and Dan Aykroyd, sisters Ann and Lucie Comerford have closed up the shop opened by their grandfather in 1948. (Bruce Deachman in the Ottawa Citizen

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  • The Ottawa Citizen reporter recalls the day on Sept. 22, 2015 when three women across Renfrew County had been murdered by the same man. Helmer tells the story in the ‘An Unthinkable Tragedy in the Ottawa Valley’, the newest podcast in the Postmedia chain’s new series True Crime Byline. (Podcast)



❗ Orléans Explosion

  • Eighteen families have returned to their homes after the natural gas explosion in nearby construction. Fifteen families are still unable to return. (Alex Black at CityNews)

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🛻 Convoy

  • The first anniversary of the Trucker siege was a bust, but Ottawa ByLaw issued 89 parking tickets to vehicles parked in no stopping zones downtown and towed 18 vehicles. The department would not say if any were Convoy related. (Ted Raymond at CTV)


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  • It’s sugar bush season once again. La Cabane à la Masion, an initiative of multiple Québec maple syrup producers, opens today, offering meals to reheat or cook at home. Find the producer(s) closest to you, order your meal, and select how you want to receive it. Select Metro locations in Gatineau are once again serving as pickup points this year, if you can’t make it to the producer’s sugar shack.
  • House of Targ opens its doors to the Targ Community Clothing Swap #6 today. Bring your clean and in-good-condition clothes, shoes, and accessories; anything remaining at the end of the event will be donated to shelters. 45:00pm to 7:00pm at 1077 Bank St. All ages welcome.
  • Polaris Music Prize winning Congolese-Canadian musician Pierre Kwenders plays Club SAW tonight. 67 Nicholas St. 
  • Get your fill of House music at Vibes & Stuff at Underground, tonight from 10:00pm to 2:00am. 56 Byward Market Square.
  • The snowshoeing season begins at Mādahòkì Farm today. The Legacy Trail and acres of other new trails will be open, and you can rent snowshoes at the site or bring your own. Watch for signs identifying animal tracks, and learn their Algonquin names. The trails are open Thursdays to Sundays from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 4420 West Hunt Club Road. 




  • Fulton’s Sugar Bush opens today for the season. You can visit every day until April 16, 10:00am to 3:00pm for snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and hiking. On the weekends the fun includes horse-drawn sleigh rides, trail games, maple syrup including taffy on the snow, and, new for 2023, a Tasting Bar. Hot beverages are also available. The day pass costs $10 per vehicle. 399 Sugar Bush Road in Pakenham.
  • Remix Wrestling presents No Sleep Till Broadhead, a Pro wrestling experience at Broadhead Brewery. It’s selling out fast. 1680 Vimont Ct Unit 106, Orléans.
  • Back Forty Artisan Cheese’s (Almonte) Winterland event coincides with Family Day Weekend. 10:00am to 4:00pm Enjoy winter activities like tobogganing, snowshoe trails, a 5k snowshoe race, cheese shop. Trail pass $5, snowshoe rental and race registration extra. Food and drinks for purchase to enjoy by the fire. 1406 Gulley Road, Mississippi Station.
  • It's Frost & Fire Winter Festival on Family day Weekend in Perth. Activities include: outdoor skating, axe throwing, horse and carriage rides, outdoor laser tag.

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  • Heritage Day at City Hall is returning for the first time since 2020, on Tuesday at 12:00 pm. It's a chance to Ottawa residents to explore the city’s heritage through celebrations and activities at regionally significant buildings neighbourhoods, and areas of nature. Explore the Heritage Showcase at City Hall (110 Laurier Ave. W).

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We really can’t save this until next Wednesday’s Food + Drink update: here are the Ottawa locations for the new Tim Horton's Pizza. 2970 Carling Ave, 993 Richmond Rd, 1406 Prince of Wales Dr,  2145 Robertson Rd, Nepean, 3330 Fallowfield Rd, Nepean, 650 Eagleson Rd, Kanata, 4060 Carling Ave, Kanata, 6 Edgewater Rd, Kanata,  407 March Rd, Kanata,  2636 Innes Rd, Gloucester, 88 Broadway Ave, Russell, and 771 Notre Dame St, Embrun. If you try one, let us know what it is like at hello@theottawan.com

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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