Friday, January 23, 2009

Free Things To Do In Ottawa This Winter

free –adjective
1. provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment

As I mentioned in an earlier post, My Own Financial Crisis, I thought I would compile a list of FREE things to do in Ottawa. It looks like this is going to be an ongoing list as I am sure there are many more free things to do in Capital City then I have listed here.

So without further ado here is some free stuff to do this winter:

1) Skate The Rideau Canal Skateway
You know where it is. It’s the longest skateway in the World right? Something like that anyway...

2) Drink A Lil’ Vino
On January 23rd from 4 pm to 7 pm you can sample some wine at the LCBO located at 275 Rideau Street *hic

3) Improve Your Speaking Skills
Tuesday January 27th, 6:30 pm to 8:30 you can attend the Ottawa Toastmasters open house. You don’t have to participate, it’s free, and hey they serve refreshments.

4) Conquer Your Clutter
Join Professional Organizer, Angela Irvine for an informative workshop on the organizing basics. I'm already a bit OCD when it comes to organizing, so I'll probably skip this one.

5) Learn About Torture
No really, torture, right here in Ottawa, and it’s free! Octopus Books presents three perspectives on torture in our time.

6) Flip Through Some Photos
What's Right With This Picture, is a cross-country photo exhibit to help launch International Development Week. It’s free and they will give you refreshments and snacks, woo-hoo!

7) Get 420’d
Join Marc-Boris St-Maurice, Executive Director of NORML Canada (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and Octopus Books for the National Resolution for the Legalization of Marijuana. It’s free, and you know they are going to have to have snacks, so get there early.

8) Adopt A Puppy
Looks like my semi-impulsive plan to get a dog just might come to fruition. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind needs some help from the public. It seems they have a whole bunch of new puppies on their hands and don’t know what to do with them. They are seeking foster families for the future guide dogs. There are a couple of stipulations:
- you must be home most of the day
- you must have a fenced yard or relief area
- you need access to a vehicle for veterinary appointments and training sessions
- and well, you have to give the dog back in 12-18 months

Don’t worry it still does qualify for the Free Things To Do In Ottawa This Winter post, as all the food and veterinary expenses are paid for. The next Information Session is on Friday, February 6, 2009.

9) Check out some of the sites at Winterlude
I've been in Capital City for about five years now and I have never done Winterlude. I think this year will be different... as long as it really is free of course, the whole broke thing you know.

10) Take a tour of one of the Capital’s many museums or galleries:

The National Gallery of Canada
Free admission Thursdays after 5 pm

The Ottawa Art Gallery
I’m not 100% sure, but I think it is free, and they have many workshops too

Bank Of Canada Currency Museum
Admission is always free. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm

Canada Agriculture Museum
Admission to the Animal Barns is free daily from 9 am to 5 pm

Canadian Museum of Civilization
Free general Museum admission on Thursdays after 4 pm

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
Free admission on Thursdays after 5 pm

Canadian Museum of Nature
Admission is free on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 12 pm

Canadian War Museum
Free admission on Thursdays after 4 pm

Canada Aviation Museum
Admission is free daily from 4 pm to 5 pm

Library and Archives Canada
From what I understand it is always free, but who knows what they will actually let you look at.

Well that's it for now, if you Dear Reader (if anyone actually reads this) have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment and I'll periodically update this list.

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Anonymous said...

It's great that you are able to find out resources that are free and share them with the community.Some of the info you provided i thought were quite helpful for individuals that have low-income or no income at all. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

Chasing Distractions said...

Thanks for the comment - I hope you were able to enjoy some of the things on the list. I will have to do another update soon for this spring.

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