Winter in Vanier: A great time to get out and have fun (Perspective Vanier)

It is fair to say that winter is in full force now – the snow is on the ground, the cold weather has hit and with that comes a lot of fun outdoor activities in this community. There is definitely no need to stay indoors – so dress for the weather and enjoy our wonderful city this season.


One of the best parts of winter is skating – and yes, in this city there are ample opportunities – the Rideau Canal and many indoor arenas – but truly there is no need to leave our neighbourhood – we have a number of awesome options steps from your home.

St. Ambroise – 120 Landry St.

A puddle rink, this is the perfect spot to teach younger children who are just getting used to the sport how to skate.

Optimiste Park – 43 Ste. Cecile

An outdoor boarded rink

Visit Optimist Park Rink on Facebook for more information about the rink

Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre – 300 des Peres-Blancs Ave.

Outdoor boarded rink surface, with a puddle rink beside

This rink is located behind the community centre, there is parking and indoor facilities (depending on the time you go skating) to change, use washrooms etc.



If you would like to help make a difference in your community, the community and the city are always looking for dedicated individuals who can devote a portion of their time to help maintaining the outdoor rinks we have. Volunteers help operate or support neighbourhood outdoor rinks in many different ways – including flooding and clearing the rinks for use.

Other areas of volunteering include:

*Operate an outdoor rink

*Assist with the maintenance of the ice surface

*Supervise the rinks and field house

*Run weekly children’s programs

*Organize a winter carnival at your rink

For more information about volunteering or to become a community outdoor rink operator or call 613-580-2590 or email



The Council on Aging of Ottawa created the winter walking group, Snow Moles, in 2017. The group, an age-friendly winter walkability and pedestrian safety audit for seniors, seeks volunteers to report what it’s like to walk outside on a winter day in Ottawa.

There are Snow Mole leaders in many parts of this city, and currently Vanier does not have one.

The information gathered will be used by the Council on Aging of Ottawa to inform the city and others on ways winter walking could be improved.

According to the council, anyone can be a Snow Mole, but the group is looking particularly for seniors and children to participate, as well as people who use any type of mobility device (canes, walkers, strollers, wheelchairs)

There are two ways to participate – go out on your own and report back or go walking with a group, then complete an online questionnaire about the walk or walks.

The program runs from January to March 31.

To sign up or find out more information, contact the organization at or give them a call at 613-789-3577.

You can also visit their website at

So get out and enjoy this wonderful winter weather.


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