08-10-22

Top 5 Summer Activities in Ottawa, ON

From exciting outdoor escapades to delicious culinary adventures, your summer in Ottawa, Ontario, is going to be anything but boring. Here are the top five activities you have to try in the city this year. Add these cool pursuits to your bucket list and discover them all before the season ends.

 

Make a Splash at Calypso Waterpark

Beat the heat this summer at Canada's biggest aquatic attraction. Calypso Waterpark is home to the largest wave pool in the country, and you'll find this awesome activity just 20 minutes east of Ottawa. If you have young children in the family, even better. This park caters to thrill seekers — and it's kid-friendly, too.

Start with the Summit Tower. It touts 10 different slides, all within one fantastic structure. Float down the Kongo Expedition and discover a mystery at the end of this lazy river feature. With a total of 35 slides, 100 water games, and play areas for the youngsters, you can plan to while away the whole day at Calypso Waterpark. Thanks to its nine restaurants, you don't need to pack a lunch either. You can fill up on mouth-watering options from healthy food and bistro fare to fast food and candy.

  • Location: 2015 Calypso St., Limoges.
  • Hours: July 1 through August 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and August 15 to September 5 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Paddle Around Dows Lake

Escape to Dows Lake for a daycation full of fun in the sun. Start this summer adventure off right at the Dow Lake Marina. You'll find it along the Rideau Canal system, and it's the best place to rent a watercraft for the day. Try out a variety of options, such as pedal boats, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, and both one- and two-person kayaks.

Paddling your way around Dows Lake is a terrific way to take in the sights and sounds around you. All the equipment, including paddles and lifejackets, are part of the rental rate, and boats are available to hire between May and early October.

If kayaking isn't your thing, stop by the Dows Lake Pavilion. This favorite local destination offers another way to enjoy the summer lakeside. There's plenty of parking for your new Chevrolet, and it provides easy access to all the options for recreational activities along the shore. Then, relax and enjoy a bite to eat at Lago, Mexie's, or the Umbrella Bar.

  • Location: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa.
  • Summer season: Mid-June through Labour Day weekend.
  • Hours:  9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Chill Out at Moo Shu Ice Cream

We think one of the best summer activities in Ottawa is devouring a frozen treat from Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen. This modern parlour sells small batches of ice cream made with only the best local cream. Have a scoop or two in a scratch-made cone. Its creative menu features unique Asian flavours inspired by the owner's Hong Kong origin, such as:

  • Hong Kong Milk Tea.
  • White Rabbit.
  • Lime Leaf and Fresh Mint.
  • Ginger and Groundcherry.
  • Calico Chocolate.
  • Blueberry Amaretto.
  • Lemon Elderflower and Blackberry.

You can even order vegan options at Moo Shu, including chocolate, dalgona coffee, mango and pineapple, and strawberry shortcake. If you need a bit more, you can also find a rotating menu of snacks here. Save some time and order your favorite pre-packaged flavors online.

  • Location: 477 Bank St., Ottawa.
  • Hours: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Take a Dip at the Petrie Island Beaches

Ditch the city and enjoy Ottawa's beautiful scenery with a voyage to Petrie Island. It's just 25 minutes from the city, and day parking is quite affordable at just $2 for five hours. This stunning destination's three sandy beaches are the perfect place to spend the summer.

These 12,000-year-old islands span a length of 2 kilometres, and there's plenty to do here. Take advantage of the surrounding nature trails, and go for a hike or relax on the sand. North Beach and River Beach are large public spots on the island's northeast corner, while East Bay Beach faces downriver.

Launch your rented stand-up paddleboard and go exploring, or get a group together and play a volleyball game. Remember to pack a lunch. There's a terrific, well-maintained picnic area that offers a bit of shade and a supervised beach for the kids. The City of Ottawa monitors water quality daily, so you can feel confident swimming at the park. We recommend you stay late and catch a stunning sunset.

  • Location: 727 Trim Road, Orléans.
  • Season: Between Victoria Day weekend and the third week of August.
  • Lifeguard hours: Noon to 7 p.m. daily.

Go Skating at the Jim Tubman Rink

Did you know that Jim Tubman founded more than an outstanding Chevrolet dealership? The Jim Tubman Rink is the result of a partnership with the City of Ottawa and the Canterbury Community Association. These organizations established this outdoor rink in 2017 in the Canterbury Recreation complex's Alta Vista neighbourhood.

This rink is a unique facility with authentic hockey boards. While it's true artificial ice covers the surface during the winter months, the Jim Tubman Rink is also open for summer drop-in programs and seasonal community events. The open space is completely covered, so residents can enjoy the rink in rain or shine. Its schedule of great summer activities for the child, youth, and adult age groups includes:

  • Roller hockey.
  • Basketball.
  • Ball hockey.
  • Rollerblading.

Unsupervised public skating is a leisurely session for all ages and abilities. However, skaters under 11 must wear a CSA-certified hockey helmet. Staff also allow wheelchairs and strollers on the rink. Parking is always free at the rink, too.

  • Location: 2185 Arch St., Ottawa.
  • Hours: Between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., depending on the scheduled activities.

Well, there you go. Jim Tubman Chevrolet shared our five favourite ways to spend summer in Ottawa, Ontario. What did you think of the activities we suggested? Did we miss a favourite pursuit of yours — one we'll love? If we did, let us know. Drop us a line so we can share your ideas with other Ontario locals.

Calypso_Bay_Waterpark_2 by PBC Parks and Recreation is licensed with CC BY 2.0

Read More

07-28-22

Best Places to Hike in Ottawa, ON

Are you looking to get out of the crowded city and explore nature on a walk or hike near Ottawa? There are many exciting trail options within easy driving distances of downtown, giving you the chance to experience the natural beauty of the Ottawa Valley. Our local experts here at Jim Tubman Chevrolet have put together some of the best hiking options in and around Ottawa for you to explore.

 

Luskville Falls

Located in Gatineau Park, the Luskville Falls trail is a challenging but rewarding climb that will give you the opportunity to experience some breathtaking views of the valley. It involves a steep rocky climb up the Eardley Escarpment to access a fire tower that provides an excellent lookout point. You'll complete an elevation of 290 metres along the trail, which is around 4.2 kilometres long.

The National Capital Commission recommends that you set aside two hours to complete the trail. A picnic area is available along the Luskville Falls route in case you want to stop for a bite to eat. The trail starts at the Luskville Falls parking lot. Note that due to conservation reasons, dogs are not allowed.

 

Pinhey Forest Trails

In contrast to Luskville Falls, the trails in Pinhey Forest offer the opportunity for an easy walk through a wooded landscape. Located just 15 kilometres outside of Ottawa, Pinhey Forest is also accessible if you're looking for a place to spend an hour or two of free time.

Pinhey Forest features 6.4 kilometres of nature trails. Another exciting reason to visit this location is its sand dune complex, which is the only one in the Ottawa region. Take note of the closed-off areas around certain parts of the sand dunes. These restrictions are in place for conservation purposes due to the unique habitat supported by the dunes.

The trails are open throughout the year, making them an ideal choice for summer walks or skiing or snowshoeing in the winter. Dogs are allowed on many of the trails, as long as you keep them on a leash.

 

Dewberry Trail

If you don't have much time to spare but still want to enjoy some nature, this could be the trail for you. The Dewberry Trail is located within the city, which makes its forested pathway all the more unique. It's 1 kilometre in length and accessible on Dolman Ridge Road. The trail intersects with Trail 50, which gives you the option of extending your hike if you have more time to spare.

Parking is available at the trailhead, where you'll also find a washroom. Dewberry Trail is a loop, so you can walk in either direction. If you hike it clockwise, you'll cross Trail 50 early on in the hike.

The trail is open throughout the year. However, keep in mind that it's also used as a cross-country ski route in the winter, so you should try to avoid disturbing the tracks that have been set. Dogs are generally allowed, but not during the winter months.

 

King Mountain

Starting in the King Mountain parking lot in Gatineau Park, you can take a challenging 1.8-kilometre hike to the top of Eardley Escarpment. This peak sits 300 metres above Ottawa Valley, giving you a remarkable view of the surrounding area. The trail to the top includes 10 lookout points along the way for you to enjoy.

This is a forest trail with information panels located throughout the route to tell you about the different types of trees and wildlife found in the local area. Due to conservation reasons, dogs are not permitted on this trail.

 

Manitou Mountain Trail

If you have some more time to spare, you could consider taking the one-hour drive west of Ottawa to reach Manitou Mountain, which is found just outside the town of Calabogie. The Manitou Mountain Trail takes you to the top of the mountain of the same name, giving you the chance to enjoy views of the surrounding valley. While Manitou isn't the highest peak in the local area, it's still an impressive sight to behold. The highest mountain is Dixon Mountain, which features ski slopes.

Along the trail, you'll find an optional detour known as the “Long Way.” It contains a sharp descent, followed by another steep climb before you return to the main trail. In total, you'll travel approximately 9 kilometres from the parking lot to the peak of Manitou Mountain and back again. The elevation along the trail is 313 metres.

 

Eagles Nest

The Eagles Nest Trail is located near the Manitou Mountain Trail in the Calabogie region. The hike is a popular route due to the 120-metre-high cliff edge at the end, which provides a stunning view. The trail itself is shorter than the Manitou Mountain route. Another special thing about this trail is that it's located on unceded Algonquin Nation land, and the Eagles Nest is considered a sacred place by local Indigenous peoples.

It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to reach the lookout from the parking lot. The trail is slightly hilly, with some loose rocks and roots along the way. However, it's an easier hike than the Manitou Mountain Trail.

Blue markers will direct you along the trail, which includes several alternative routes. One is along Old Logging Road, while another takes you along Little Pine Path. These two routes require you to return the same way you hiked. An alternative is to hike up Old Logging Road and return via Little Pine Path, or vice versa. Keep in mind that if you choose this option, you'll need to return to your car on foot using a path along the side of the road.

 

So, there you have it. We've run through some of the most exciting hiking trails worth checking out in and around Ottawa. We hope we've given you some new places to explore. Did we mention one of your favourite trails? Do you have another hiking tip you'd like to share with us? Feel free to contact the team here at Jim Tubman Chevrolet and we'll include your suggested trail in our next activity blog.

 

Rideau Trail by Gordon Bell licensed with CC BY-ND 2.0

Read More

07-21-22

Best Sandwiches in Ottawa, ON

TAGS »

Are you looking for some fresh ideas for a bite to eat in Ottawa? There are actually so many choices when it comes to sandwich spots around town that the real question is how to pick out the best from a very long list. Our local experts at Jim Tubman Chevrolet are here to help you with some suggestions for your next lunchtime meal.

 

Sherwood Market and Deli

You can enjoy a sandwich or salad in this restaurant's comfortable dining facilities or order takeout if you're in a hurry. Each sandwich at Sherwood Market and Deli is served with cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a choice of sauce. You can opt for Sherwood's own special sauce, mayonnaise, or mustard.

If you'd rather try something else, Sherwood's is also a great option for freshly made salads. All of their salads are prepared on the same day. Whether you would prefer a sandwich or a salad, you can place your order online ahead of time, so your food is ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

Location: 111 Sherwood Drive, Ottawa

Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

 

Art Is In

This gastro-bakery combines the elegance of a Parisian cafe with the edgy vibes you'd find in a Brooklyn deli. With menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you'll find a sandwich here for every time of day.

Art Is In began as a bakery creating its own breads and has branched out into pastries, baguettes, and other dishes. You can preorder your favourite menu items online or drop by to enjoy a sandwich in their dining room.

Art Is In sells its breads and other baked goods at farmers markets across the Ottawa area. You can also purchase their breads at several wholesale outlets.

Location: 250 City Centre Ave., Unit 112, Ottawa

Hours (summer): 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

 

Sanguiccio Deli-Cafe

Located in Little Italy, this deli is the perfect stop if you're searching for Italian-style cuisine. You can choose from fresh sausages and other meats, hand-cut breads, cheeses, and much more. The delicious panini come highly recommended.

If you don't have long between meetings to grab something for lunch, you can call ahead to Sanguiccio's to place your order and they'll have it ready for you to collect on your arrival. Don't forget to check out their daily specials, which are posted on their Twitter and Facebook pages each morning.

Location: 183 Preston St., Ottawa

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and closed on Sunday

 

La Bottega Nicastro

The Nicastro family has been serving the Ottawa community with Italian groceries for five decades from its locations. La Bottega was opened in 1995 and includes a restaurant and coffee bar.

Sandwiches at La Bottega are custom-made to your exact specifications. That means you can choose from a range of breads, meats, cheeses, and sauces as your sandwich is made for you before your eyes. Whether you opt for a hot or cold bite to eat, you can enjoy it with an espresso from the bar, or pick from La Bottega's selection of beers and wines.

La Bottega also sells gift cards and gift baskets, which could be a great idea for anyone you know who enjoys Italian food.

Location: 64 George St., Ottawa

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

 

Kettleman's

The first Kettleman's bagel shop was opened in 1993, and they have grown over the past three decades into an institution for anyone looking for a traditional bagel. Prepared on-site in Kettleman's “no-wall” bakeries, you can watch the bakers at work creating your breakfast or lunch.

Kettleman's is renowned for its Montreal-style bagels, which include fresh spreads, meats, and cheeses. You can order your chosen delicacy online or drop by one of Kettleman's several Ottawa locations. Kettleman's is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making it the ideal destination whenever you feel peckish.

Kettleman's is also a great option to meet your catering needs. Why not place an order of freshly baked bagels for your corporate lunch, birthday celebration, or just a relaxing afternoon with friends? Larger catering orders can be placed through their website for future delivery or pickup.

Location: Various locations around Ottawa

Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

 

Frank's on Greenbank

Frank's is a small, family-owned sandwich shop and restaurant that has served Ottawa for over two decades. The Greenbank location has been open since 2010, while a second outlet began operating in May 2020.

Frank's offers a wide range of sandwich choices, from Portuguese buns to raps, wholewheat bread, and onion buns. You can opt for cheddar and other types of cheeses, meats, and salads. On top of this great sandwich lineup, check out Frank's appetizing baked goods, which include their famous butter tarts. You can also find pies, cookies, and scones.

Another offer at Frank's is their popular catering service. You can order a range of tortilla wraps stuffed with meats, cheeses, and salad toppings to cover lunch for your group at a cost of just $9 per person. Alternatively, why not take a more individual approach and let everyone customize their own lunch box at a cost of $15.99 per person? You can include salads and other tasty treats alongside sandwiches with this package.

Locations: 1121 Meadowlands Drive E. and 283 Greenbank Road, Ottawa

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (Meadowland location), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (Greenbank location)

 

So, there you have it. Jim Tubman's Chevrolet just gave you some new ideas for breakfast, lunch, or a late-night snack in Ottawa. Did we pick out your favourite spot? Do you have a secret tip you'd like to share with us and our customers? Feel free to contact us here at Jim Tubman Chevrolet with your Ottawa sandwich recommendations and we'll be sure to include them in one of our future blog posts.

 

Wheat Bread Sandwich by Suzy Hazelwood licensed with Pexels

Read More

02-20-20

Ottawa Boat Show 2020

TAGS »

oTTAWA bOAT sHOW

With an unrivalled selection ranging from powerboats, fishing boats and cruisers, to pontoons, canoes and kayaks, the Ottawa Boat Show is the largest boat show in the Ottawa/Rideau Region.

Come visit the Jim Tubman Chevrolet booth at the Ottawa Boat Show from February 20 - 23, 202 at the EY Centre.

Read More

09-07-19

Classic Car Show ‘n Shine

Car Show 6Calling all car enthusiasts!

Whether you love to shine up and show off your classic car or are a car enthusiast, we invite you to join us on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10am to 2pm for the annual Jim Tubman Chevrolet Show 'N Shine.  All makes and models are welcome.

Registration is just $5 plus there will be a BBQ, door prizes and music.  All proceeds raised will be donated to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and Cancer Research.

Read More

08-05-19

Randy’s Toy Box Show ‘n Shine

TAGS »

InaugRandy's Toy Boxural Show this year being hosted by Hwy 43 Car Club in Greely. Jim Tubman Chevrolet is giving away $500 cash to some lucky show participant.  NAPA Manotick has donated a Radical Toolbox and tickets will be sold and drawn at the Show.  The event will be held at 6808 Hiram Dr, Greely, ON on August 5 from 9am to 3pm rain or shine.  Dash Plaques (first 100), Raffle Table, 50/50 draw, Food Vendor, Live Music, Great Prizes.  Learn more.

Read More

03-12-19

Ottawa Valley Farm Show

Farm ShowThe 2019 Ottawa Valley Farm Show will be held from March 12 to 14 at the EY Conference Centre on Uplands Dr.  Come visit the Jim Tubman Chevrolet exhibit.

Read More

02-13-19

Green Trade Expo in Eastern Ontario

TAGS »

Green Trade ExpoMark your calendar for Eastern Ontario's premier green industry products & services showcase to be held on February 13, 2019 at the EY Centre from 8am - 3pm.  While there, come visit the Jim Tubman Chevrolet exhibit.

Read More

02-02-19

Canterbury Community Association Family Fun Frost Fest

TAGS »

Join in somCanterburye winter fun at the Jim Tubman Chevrolet SENS Rink on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10 am - 8 pm.  The event will consist of numerous activities throughout the day such as skating lessons, figure skating show, skate with Riley the Racoon - Ottawa 67's and many more activities.  Also enjoy a Horsedrawn Sleigh Ride courtesy of Jim Tubman Chevrolet.

Read More

07-01-18

Canada Day Celebrations

TAGS »

canadaDayCome and celebrate Canada Day with the community on July 1 at the Jim Tubman Chevrolet SENS Rink, 2185 Arch St.  Activities will take place from noon until 4:00 pm rain or shine.  Join us for a free BBQ & drinks, live entertainment, bouncy castle and much more.  See you there!

Read More

03-22-18

OTTAWA-GATINEAU INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

TAGS »

The OAuto Showttawa-Gatineau International Auto Show runs from March 22 - 25, 2018 at the Shaw Centre (Ottawa Convention Centre).  There will be over 300 vehicles from 34 manufacturers on display including General Motors and the full line-up of Chevrolets.  Fun for the entire family.

Read More

02-18-18

SKATING PARTY

TAGS »

TeamLogue-SkatingParty-einvite-1-e1515892535714Councillor Jean Cloutier and Jim Tubman Chevrolet invite you to a Skating Party ... Sunday, February 18 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Jim Tubman Chevrolet SENS Rink, 2185 Arch St.

Join us for a completely FREE family-friendly celebration, including snacks, entertainment, fun on the ice, and a snowman-building competition (weather permitting).  You are welcome to bring accessories to decorate your snowman.

Read More

Contact Us:

Name:
Email:
Message: