DAYTRIPPER: Biking (and other stuff) at Mont Ste. Marie


This article was originally published in the Summer print edition of
Ottawa Magazine


MSM Velo biking at Mount Ste. Marie. Photo: Photolux — Christian Lalonde


To Play
From the moment the spring mud dries up until the first snow flies, mountain bike enthusiasts can ride more than 25 kilometres of trails at Mont Ste. Marie. A one-hour drive from Ottawa, Mont Ste. Marie offers an ever-expanding network, from gently undulating to thrillingly steep. In short, it’s a great opportunity to get up close and personal with nature on your bike.


MSM Velo biking at Mount Ste. Marie. Photo: Photolux — Christian Lalonde

Trail development is an ongoing endeavour by a dedicated group of bikers and local homeowners, so there’s always something new to experience. The folks behind Velo MSM estimate that about 2,000 people enjoyed the trails last summer season. (And several hundred more did so during the winter, setting out on their fat bikes in masks and mittens.) Mont Ste. Marie is now on the radars of local riders, so the days when you might have been alone on the trails are over. But there’s safety in numbers, and local enthusiasts are aiming to make this place the next mountain bike mecca.

The second annual Mountain Fest is planned for July 17 to 19 this year. In its inaugural year, the nascent festival attracted over 500 participants, keen to see what Mont Ste. Marie has to offer. The answer was plenty of dirt, lots of sweat, and mountains of fun.


Plenty of ski chalets available in the off-season for rent — through Linda Faith at The Beggar’s Bench antique and gift shop in Lac Ste. Marie

To Rest
You can pitch a tent close to the ski lodge (and during Mountain Fest, there will even be access to hot showers). If you’re looking for a little more comfort, plenty of rentals in off-season ski accommodations are available through Linda Faith at The Beggar’s Bench antique and gift shop in Lac Ste. Marie.

To Eat
After a day spent toiling up — and screaming down — mountains on your bike, you will be more than a little hungry. Just a few minutes down the road from the bike trails is a traditional pub, Le Pub McVey’s. With stick-to-your-ribs burgers and plentiful chicken wings, you won’t have that empty feeling long.

To Distract
For anyone not looking to risk their life (or at least their dental work) on a mountain bike, there are plenty of great places to hike near Mont Ste. Marie. Those bike trails work well for walkers too! When you’ve worked up a good sweat walking or jogging the bike trails, there’s a gorgeous lake at the bottom of the Cheval Blanc ski hill. Lac Fournier offers a sandy beach and peaceful swimming. Kids can spend hours catching frogs and snakes in the shallow water by the beach. And of course, the 18-hole golf course at Golf Mont Ste-Marie is just five minutes away by car.

FATHER’S DAY! Give the gift of quality time at Centrepointe Theatre

Ah, Father’s Day. It’s no quite Mother’s Day, which sees children of all ages go over-the-top with gifts and celebrations for She Who Gave Them Life. And yet you don’t want to ignore the day completely — it’s good to have the big guy in your corner. But breakfast in bed doesn’t seem right — if he’s anything like the guys I know, breakfast items are part of The Things They Do Right. So even if you can make a mean eggs benny, don’t show him up on his big day.

So when Centrepointe Theatre came to us with the idea of Ways to Spend Quality Time with Dad, we thought, brilliant! Plus, because these shows are happening in late 2015 and early 2016, you have some time to plan a weekend around the show — and let dad know he’s appreciated all year long.

Herewith, a selection of shows playing at Centrepointe in their upcoming season.

For the Science Geek-Aging Rocker Dad: ArcAttack combines a love of music with a fascination with scientific processes like electricity, magnetism, and robotics. Meet King Beat, a robotic drummer, see band members walk through lightning, and get a glimpse of the band that’s gaining a Hollywood cult following.

Friday, November 6 at 7 :30 p.m.

Howie Mandel comes to Centrepointe Theatre this fall.

Howie Mandel comes to Centrepointe Theatre this fall.

For the Wannabe Stand-Up Comedian Dad: Howie Mandel made his big-screen debut in Make Me Laugh and has since appeared in St. Elsewhere, Bobby’s World, and The Howie Mandel Show, as well as frequent appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Give dad some education for his next dinner table routine with tickets to this stand-up legend.

Friday, October 2 at 7:30

For the Dad Who Takes Music Seriously: Your dad likely remembers a time when albums were listened to in full, start to finish (for a break only to turn over the record, if he’s a real audiophile). Is your dad also a Pink Floyd fan? If so, then Classic Albums Life: Pink Floyd – The Wall is the show for him. With the full album recreated on stage by full bands (including, at times, obscure instruments and choirs of children), you can challenge your dad to find a mistakes in the reproduction. Just don’t interupt!

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 8 p.m.


Darcy Oake performs at Centrepoint Theatre on November

Darcy Oake performs at Centrepoint Theatre on November 10

For the Follow Your Dreams Dad: Does your dad dream of another career, in which he’s on the stage or travelling the world or creating awe-inspiring illusions? Show him that anything is possible with tickets to Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality. This Britain’s Got Talent winner satisfies audiences hunger for nail-biting feats of illusion. Plus, Darcy’s story goes back to when his own dad (Canadian sportscaster Scott Oake) showed him — accidentally! — a really cool card trick. That oughta gets dear old dad’s attention!

Tuesday, November 10 at 8 p.m.

HORSE DAY: Beauty of the Beast

This weekend is Ottawa Horse Day, an annual family event held to give people a chance to get up close with horses. It’s happening at Wesley Clover Parks on Saturday, June 6 from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a chance to see show jumping, miniature horses, polo, breed parade, and will include food, pony rides, and a kid zone. More details, visit here. In light of this event — here, an article about the horse community in Ottawa.


This article was originally published in the May 2015 edition of
Ottawa Magazine


With stencils on his quarters, a braided mane, and boots on his legs for protection, a horse and rider wait for one of the jumping events. Photo: David Kawai

For a burgeoning capital city, Ottawa has a surprising amount of horse activity. What’s more, much of it is within city limits. In the east end, children can visit the stables of the big black beasts of the RCMP musical ride. Meanwhile, in the west, there’s the reborn Wesley Clover Parks — formerly the Nepean Equestrian Park — a large piece of agricultural land to the north of the Queensway, west of Moodie Drive. On any given weekend throughout the spring, summer, and much of the fall, you’ll find row upon row of horse trailers visiting for some form of equestrian competition.

The skill and age ranges are vast, from international show jumpers soaring over coloured fences up to 1.6 metres high and two metres wide — that’s larger than the back of a Ford F-150 pickup — to local competitions where some riders appear barely old enough to walk on their own two feet. Perhaps that’s why they choose four instead.


Screwing a stud into a horse’s shoe offers improved traction. Photo: David Kawai

In the horse world, no matter the kind of riding you’re involved with, a huge amount of time is spent preparing. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going out for a jaunt along country lanes or gearing up for a big show, your horse must be clean, in good shape, and have properly fitting equipment. At a competition, the attention to detail for preparation is magnified tenfold.


A rider and her pony — along with a young member of the support team — head for the dressage warm-up area. Photo: David Kawai

Horses must first be washed so that their coats are soft and shiny. Some riders choose to stencil designs onto their horse’s quarters by brushing the hair in different directions. (If you look closely at the RCMP horses, you’ll see a maple leaf.) Depending on the venue, manes must be braided, a time-consuming ritual that results in many small balls of hair all the way down the horse’s neck. If there’s any jumping involved, it’s safer to screw studs into the horse’s shoes. These studs are like cleats in a soccer shoe and give extra traction on slippery surfaces.

These are the details that show real commitment and care for your horse. Successful riding is all about a strong bond and profound understanding between horse and rider. The longer you spend around your horse — riding him, playing with him, grooming him, feeding him, observing him — the deeper your mutual understanding will become. Then, when you really need him to pull out the stops at a competition, he’ll do it — just for you.


A horse and rider are reflected in a pool of water as they prepare for their dressage test. This is an exercise in precision — not to mention communication between rider and horse. The horse is asked to perform a series of moves in sequence at walk, trot, and canter in front of a judge who gives scores based on a variety of criteria. Photo: David Kawai

On the English riding scene, there are many different forms of competition. Apart from dressage — the equivalent of ballet on horseback — most involve some form of jumping.


When the jumps are coloured and can be dislodged from their supports, riders are competing in the show-jumping phase of the competition. Photo: David Kawai

One form of competition, eventing, involves three different disciplines in one day: dressage, cross-country, and show-jumping. It’s a combination of finesse and fine tuning, precision jumping over coloured hurdles in an arena, and braveness and courage over fixed natural obstacles such as ditches, stone walls, and fallen trees at high speed in the countryside.

Behind every horse and rider, there is usually a support team. Happy horses need a high level of care. They need access to food and water, and they must not get too hot, cold, or wet. Some animals do not like to be left alone; others hate loud noises. Some won’t be tied up; others hate getting into a trailer. On the day of a competition, all these needs are too much for one rider all alone. That’s where the support team comes in.


Penalties are accumulated for any mistakes, such as refusing to jump, knocking a pole off, or going too slowly. Photo: David Kawai


TIMELINE: Long May You Run, History of Canada’s Largest Marathon

This article was originally published in the May 2015 print edition of Ottawa Magazine


1975, courtesy of Run Ottawa

In 1975, 159 people laced up their sneakers and set off from the Carleton University campus on a gruelling 42-kilometre jog that eventually becomes the biggest sporting event in the city. It was then — and is now — the largest marathon in Canada. But it won’t hold the title during its entire 40-year history.

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UPDATED! Black History Month brings music, comedy, and cultural celebrations of all kinds to Ottawa

This article first appeared in the Interiors 2015 issue of Ottawa Magazine.


Pierre Kwenders, a Congolese singer-songwriter, performs a concert on February 12 at the NAC


This year’s theme is “Our Canadian Story: Our Elders. Our Legacy!” Opening celebrations reflect on the contributions older adults have made to the Canadian mosaic. Highlights include the proclamation of the city-wide observance for this year’s Black History Month, the unveiling of commemorative Canada Post stamps, and presentations of the 2015 Black History Ottawa Community Builder Awards.
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-580-2700,

BAND is an organization dedicated to supporting, documenting, and showcasing the artistic and cultural contributions of Black Artists in Canada. And wow do they have a line-up! An art exhibit that questions the meaning of “minority” is on view at the GCTC; House of Paint is organizing The Origin of Beat, which explores how Afro, Caribbean, Latin, and Urban Music continue to influence contemporary music; a compendium of young black artists of the diaspora (including Annie Lefebvre, Le R, Yao, and Richard Léger) interpret great black poets of the  past in Prise de Conscience; and on Feb. 23, the Nina Project sees three amazing African-Canadian singers – Jackie Richardson, Kellylee Evans, and Shakura S’Aida – display the depth and range of Nina Simone’s legacy.

Readers from the black community share children’s stories written by black authors.
Ottawa Public Library, Nepean Centrepointe Branch, Children’s Program Room, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-580-2700,

In celebration of Black History Month, Pierre Kwenders, a Congolese singer-songwriter, performs a concert on February 12 that blends traditional and modern African rhythms — and is sure to get audiences on their feet. From $20.
National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787,

Montreal stand-up comics Andrew Searles and Rodney Ramsey have gathered a crew of equally hilarious black comedians to bring The Underground Comedy Railroad tour to Ottawa. Daniel Woodrow and Keesha Brownie join the when they pull up to Absolute Comedy on Preston Street.

In partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Black Ottawa Business Network Social Group hosts speakers on topics such as health, nutrition, and exercise. Additional activities include a silent auction, Afro-Caribbean dance and poetry, and an exhibit on medical pioneers of African descent. $15.
The Royal Canadian Legion Montgomery Branch, 330 Kent St., 613-233-7292,

SAMMY DEAD. Feb. 21.
Written and directed by Fay Jarrett and Lorna Townsend, this play takes a lighthearted Caribbean-style approach to funerals. From $20.
Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr., 613-733-3156,

This event celebrates the diversity in the Ottawa community and recognizes the individuals, businesses, associations, and organizations that have made a difference within it. Highlights include a keynote speaker, award presentations, and entertainment. $65.
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert St., 613-238-1500,

For complete schedule, visit

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Paint Nite brings rookie artists, friends, and couples to local pubs


Paint Nite at the Clocktower Pub in Westboro

Instructor Olga Climova talks participants through the process of recreating “Italy” at Paint Nite at the Clocktower Pub in Westboro

It’s a Monday night and the ClockTower Pubin Westboro has had a makeover. Instead of sports fans watching the Sens on mammoth screens, rows of 35 easels and canvases line the back room. It looks more like a kindergarten room than a pub.

At the head of the class, instructor Olga Climova is handing out aprons and paper plates covered with blobs of paint. Red, yellow, blue, black and white. That’s it. Those are all the colours these budding Picassos will need for tonight’s lesson/creation.

Their mission? To recreate a painting from Paint Nite’s (their spelling) gallery. Tonight’s painting is (not-so-creatively) called “Italy.” It’s a silhouette of a big-wheeled bicycle leaning against a sunny yellow brick wall. The budding artists — all but three are women, the average age is 30 — wield paint brushes, wine glasses, and a positive attitude to go with their lack of experience. Only one says she’s had formal training; the others are complete newbies.

Michelle Madill

Michelle Madill

In spite of its questionable spelling and boiler-plate painting designs (local artists such as Climova must choose a painting to teach from a gallery prescribed by Paint Nite), the Boston-headquartered company is now global. It’s been in Ottawa — operating out of bars and restaurants downtown and as far afield as Orleans and Kanata — for a year, but it also has chapters in China, Australia, Ghana, Hong Kong, South Africa, and the U.K. It’s in Canada’s largest cities and even some smaller spots in Ontario (think Peterborough.)

Michelle Madill, a nurse who’s having her first baby in a month, was there with her friends Kristan Wadden and Connie Tuttle, who was six days away from giving birth.

“We’re trying to get lots of girl time in before they deliver,” Wadden says with a laugh.

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EVENTS: Orienteering enthusiasts find their way to Arnprior for Championships Thanksgiving weekend


Article was originally published in the October print issue of Ottawa Magazine.

Originally created early in the 20th century as a training exercise for the Swedish military, orienteering is now seeing a rise in popularity as a recreational pursuit. On Thanksgiving weekend (Oct. 10 – 13), athletes from across Canada and the United States, along with competitors from as far afield as Uganda, Barbados, and Romania, will descend on Arnprior for the 2014 North American Orienteering Championships. Enthusiast and event co-organizer James Richardson talks with Ottawa Magazine about the growing appeal of a sport that uses traditional way-finding techniques.


James Richardson out in the wild, training for the 2014 Orienteering Championships held this weekend, from Oct. 10- 13 in Arnprior. Photo: David Kawai

Ottawa Magazine: Since orienteering isn’t well known, can you paint a picture of what it involves?
James Richardson: It’s a running sport, a little like cross-country running, but you choose the route. You have a map that shows a series of points, known as controls, and you have to get from point to point in the most efficient way possible. There’s no GPS and no way to cheat. A big challenge is to choose your route. If there’s a hill in front of me, I could go straight, but I’d have to go up over a hill and then down. A trail might be easier to navigate, but maybe it takes a longer route. People’s most efficient routes may be different. My knees aren’t the greatest, so I’m probably not going to choose the hill.


Orienteering athlete, James Richardson, runs through the forest with map in hand, on his way to the next point — training for Thanksgiving’s 2014 Championships in Arnprior, Oct. 10-13. Photo: David Kawai

OM: It sounds like it’s a test of brain and brawn.
JR: You have to think really fast. You can’t plan things in advance. But when you get really good, you can look at a map and interpret it in five seconds.

OM: What’s in the orienteer’s toolkit?
JR: Not much more than a compass, a whistle (in case you get lost or meet a bear), the map, and a list of the controls. And you probably want shoes that are better than your Converse sneakers.

OM: What brought you to the world of orienteering?
JR: Growing up in Newfoundland, my father was heavily involved [in the sport], and our family used to travel across Canada to wherever the Canadian championships were being held. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Then we moved to Ottawa and drifted away [from orienteering]. When I came back in my 30s, I thought, I’m spending a lot of time at a desk — I need to find a hobby where I get out and do something.

OM: How does geocaching compare with orienteering?
JR: Geocaching is a bit more of an adventure or a game, while orienteering is actually a sport. Geocaching has no time limit, and you can use GPS.


Typical Orienteering gear is a good pair of shoes, since the sport requires a great deal of running, as well as a map, a compass, and a whistle — in case you get lost or you run into a bear. Photo: David Kawai

OM: Are orienteering enthusiasts competitive?
JR: There’s a real collegial atmosphere within the orienteering community. Of course you want to win, but if you get to a control and there’s someone there, you don’t throw a hip check to get them out of the way. It’s also a sport everyone can participate in. We have a category for people 85 years and older and one for kids under 10.

OM: So it’s a kinder, gentler sport than hockey or football.
JR: Yes, but it is still a physically tough sport with a lot of injuries. It’s not a gentle walk in the woods. Our club has two training sessions a week, plus our regular weekly meet. Our elite guys train almost every day.


James Richardson, somewhere in Ottawa’s wilds, checks his map as he trains for this weekend’s Orienteering Championships in Arnprior, Oct. 10-13. Photo: David Kawai

OM: What places around Ottawa provide the best terrain for orienteering?
JR: We have maps that cover most of the Gatineau Park area, which has mountainous areas, forests, and swampy areas, and we have maps of many of the Ottawa parks that tend to be a bit flatter but swampier.

OM: How are preparations for the North American championships going?
JR: Arnprior is our host town, and they’ve been phenomenal. They are actually shutting down a downtown street for one of our races, which is unheard of. We’ve also been able to go to schools in Arnprior and get them excited about the sport.

OM: Is orienteering the kind of social sport where people go for beer after a race?
JR: The drinks tend to be non-alcoholic, since our club meets on Sunday mornings. But yes, it’s a very social thing.

FOLK FEST PRIMER: Lorde, M. Ward, Lee Fields, and other make Chris Lackner’s must-see list

For its 20th anniversary, the Ottawa Folk Festival has expanded to five days for the first time (Sept. 10-14), leaving local fans with more musical options than ever before. Pop culture junkie Chris Lackner highlights the acts not to miss at this year’s festival.


M. Ward plays Sept. 10.

M. Ward plays Sept. 10.

M. Ward (Sept. 10) – The Wednesday night lineup features some big headliners in pop-rockers Foster the People and Blues Traveler. But low-fi, Americana troubadour, M. Ward, is the one not to miss. The talented producer and musician’s solo work sounds ageless, culling influences from folk, country, and gospel. But it’s Ward’s gravelly voice that truly resonates. Part of She & Him with Zooey Deschanel, Ward deservedly gets the chance to hog the spotlight when flying solo.

Lorde (Sept. 11) – The young electro-pop chanteuse has lorded over the music scene over the last year, practically taking it by storm with her debut Pure Heroine. Lorde breaks the female pop star mould. A darling of both critics and fans, she may be the most buzz-worthy name in this year’s lineup.


Lee Fields and the Expressions play Sept. 12.


Dailey & Vincent (Sept. 11) – They put the blue in Bluegrass. With stunning harmonies and a top-notch backing band, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent will help many fans discover – or rediscover – the musical genre.

The National (Sept. 12) – The moody, introspective indie-rockers are one of the most talented band’s in the business – proving you can make intelligent rock music and still become a headliner. Matt Berninger’s deep, brooding, baritone vocals are pure magic.

Lee Fields and the Expressions (Sept. 12) – You got soul? The venerable North Carolina artist has been crafting R&B since 1969. The man is timeless.

Neutral Milk Hotel (Sept. 13) – The revered, experimental indie band have a cult-like following despite disbanding after their acclaimed 1998 album In The Aeroplane Over the Seas. In 2013, frontman Jeff Mangum and company announced a reunion tour with their entire 1998 lineup. Dreams do come true. This Milk will go down easy for lovers of bands like Arcade Fire and The Decemberists.

Couer de pirate plays

Coeur de pirate plays Sept. 14

The Strumbellas (Sept. 13) – The Canadian six-piece’s 2013 album, We Still Move on Dance Floors, was one of the year’s best. The indie-rockers fuse folk, country, and bluegrass to craft a stirring live show. Prepare for an assault of hollers, handclaps and harmonies.

The Lone Bellow (Sept. 14) – The Brooklyn country rockers play acoustic-based Americana as it was meant to be – with grit, earthiness and fire in the belly. Fans of The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons will find something to like. Fans of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams will too. (Fans of today’s plastic pop country stars need not apply).

Coeur de Pirate (Sept. 14) – Yes, the final day is chalk-full of headliners such as The Gaslight Anthem and Joss Stone, but one not to miss is spellbinding Quebec songstress Béatrice Martin – otherwise known as Couer de Pirate. The petite singer-songwriter has an unexpectedly powerful voice that could simultaneously break hearts and move mountains.










EVENTS: A-hoy Sailors! It’s National Capital Regatta weekend!

Photo by David Trattles

The National Capital Regatta, this weekend on August 9 & 10 at Britannia Yacht Club. Photo by David Trattles

All aboard
This year marks the 57th anniversary of the National Capital Regatta, which draws participants from as far away as Montreal and Toronto, as well as local sailing enthusiasts, to the Britannia Yacht Club. Held on August 9 and 10, it is considered a major event in the eastern Ontario sailing circuit, as well as one of the best multi-class regattas in Canada. Last year over 100 people took part. The fun, family-friendly weekend attracts sailors of all ages and abilities — plus plenty of water-loving spectators. “People are welcome to come down and watch the races,” says race chairman Tom Clairmont. Take in the action from the comfort of the clubhouse, or cheer on the racers from the water — just stay clear of the course itself.

On course
Races are craft-specific, and because the regatta is open to many kinds of boats, three courses are designed. For example, all Lasers compete in one course, three-person Y-Flyers compete in another, and a special course is designed for windsurfers. All races take place simultaneously, but each course has a designated race officer to watch out for actions, such as false starts, that might disqualify a crew. Inflatable red buoys mark the route but can be moved if winds change drastically. Each course takes between 20 and 40 minutes to complete, depending on conditions, and winners are based on best average rank over multiple races.

Watching the wind
Last year, very high winds on the first day of the regatta caused many of the larger boats to capsize. On the second day, the opposite occurred: low winds left some boats with nothing to fill their sails and some needed to be towed to shore. That’s part of the thrill of the weekend, but it can be an organizer’s worst nightmare. The event gives the Britannia club a chance to iron out the kinks in their course for the 24-foot sailing yachts before hosting the world championships in 2015.

Photo by David Trattles

Photo by David Trattles

THE (WET) WEEKENDER: 5 watery events happening in and around Ottawa this summer


Photo by Rod Beauprie for Bring on the Bay.

Photo by Rod Beauprie for Bring on the Bay.

Bring on the Bay 3K Swim
July 12
For the eighth year, swimmers of all levels will take part in the Bring on the Bay 3k Open Water Swim. Proceeds from the event go to Easter Seals Ontario, which raises money for children with physical disabilities. Registration from $50. Nepean Sailing Club, 3259 Carling Ave.,


The Ultimate S.U.P. Challenge
July 18-20
The Ultimate Stand Up Paddle Challenge at Owl Rafting in nearby Forester Falls is the first of its kind in Canada. All levels of stand-up paddleboarders are invited to take part in whitewater and flatwater races. Cash prizes total $2,500, and clinics with instructor Dan Gavere will be big draw. A portion of reg- tration fees will go to Lupus Ontario. Registration from $45. 40 Owl Lane, Foresters Falls, 801-554-2236,

The starting line of the Morrisburg Tubie race. Photo by David Trattles.

The starting line of the Morrisburg Tubie race. Photo by David Trattles.

Tubie Festival
Aug. 2-3
At one point, the much-loved Tubie Festival was in danger of being cancelled. Luckily, the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce swooped in and saved the day. So blow up your homemade watercraft, and head to Morrisburg for a fun weekend of tube races and family fun. Free. Waterfront Park, Morrisburg, 613-543-3982,

National Capital Regatta
Aug. 9-10
The National Capital Regatta is one of the oldest annual events of its kind in eastern Ontario. Over one weekend, the Britannia Yacht Club hosts a number of friendly compe- titions between novice and experi- enced sailors alike on a range of sailboats. There will be three separate courses for those who want to hone their skills; see page 37 for more information. Registration from $80. 2777 Cassels St., 613-828-5167,

Dunrobin Kids of Steel Race
Aug. 25
Sanctioned by Triathlon Ontario, Kids of Steel (KOS) races give children and youth the opportunity to try out the popular sports event in a fun and safe environment — the open-water swim is in the Ottawa River; the bike race is along well-paved, closed roads; and the run is through fields and on dirt roads. $50. 1620 Sixth Line Rd., 613-323-5255,