Rugby Union is the name of the game, it all began 1823 at the Rugby School in Britain,
progressed to Cambridge early C19 the countries linked with the British Empire namely New Zealand (1905), South Africa (1906_ and Australis(1908) sent teams for tours in the UK .
The All Blacks (Kiwis), Springboks, Wallabies, Lions and others
Equipment: Jersey, shorts, socks Boots with studs and the Oval Ball. Its is Rugby Union, nor rugby league , US Football
I was there for a veterans match between the Ottawa Irish Alumni vs the Barbarians of others
Pofessional ICE HOCKEY - NHL
it is playofff time, the East and Western Conference
four teams are fighting with a best of seven series
to win a spot in the STANLEY CUP FINALS.
The dream of every hockey player
Our Team is the Ottawa Senators*
game 3 at home ,
at the ScotiaBank Place, once the Corel Centre
was a 1-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres
another win on wednesday night will make it 4-0
and the Senators team first Stanley Cup FInals.
Equipment: The Stanley Cup was originally known as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup,
is what we want to bring home as
" It all started on March 18, 1892, at a dinner of the Ottawa Amateur Athletic Association. "
There is also some awesome fishing going on in and around Ottawa. There are many smaller and larger rivers, bays and lakes to provide an excellent opportunity to catch Pike, bass, catfish, carp and even Muskey.
Fishing licenses are also available for non canadian residents for a low price. (Below $20) per season. Please do not fish without a valid seasonal license!
Equipment: Bring fishing rods and remember to respect the rules and regulations about fishing in Canada. When sertain spieces spawn, you can NOT fish them. There are periods when you can or can not. Obtain a panflet at one of the license issuing places to find out which fish is open or closed at the time you're fishing. (See website below for info) Catching fish and leaving it on shore to die is illegal and you will be prosecuted for it if found. Remember you can not use Bass as a bait for Pike or Muskie. Catfish and and carp are always open. As long as you have a license, you can fish them all year around. Tons of fun and can be a great family adventure. Kids under 18 need no license.
If you're an outdoors type of person, Ottawa is a must see city at any time of the year! The Ottawa canal provides so much to see and do all year round. Walking, Rollerblading, Biking, Boating, Skating - you do it, it's available!
If Yoga is your thing then The Upward Dog in the Byward Market is the place to do it here in Ottawa. The centre offers a wide range of classes from beginner level to quite advanced and also specialist classes such as pre/post natal and those designed for athletes.
Classes run from early (most days have a 6.30 am "Power Wake-up") until about 9 pm (with a break in the afternoon), 7 days a week, run by various fully-qualified teachers. There are two halls, the heated Arjuna and the Saraswati cool room, both with cork floors and decorated suitably to enhance your practice.
Mens and women's changing rooms are supplied with bathroms and showers.
Drop-in prices start from $15 cdn per session and weekly/monthly/annual passes are available.
See website for full details including class schedules.
Equipment: As with all yoga classes all you need to bring is loose, comfortable clothing. Mats are supplied if you don't have your own and towels can be rented.
Don't wear perfume and some classes can be quite busy and so a little attention to personal hygiene is appreciated!
When in Ottawa, be sure to get some exercise while exploring a "UNESCO World Heritage Site." The Rideau Canal snakes through the city, giving residents a lovely corridor for biking, walking, jogging, jump-roping, in-line skating, roller-skiing, and general meditation.
And in winter time, enjoy the world's largest ice skating rink!
(The Rideau Canal is also quite "historic," and I've dealt with the historic parks alongside it in the "Things to do" section of my Ottawa page.)
There are over 170 km of bike paths in the National Capital region, including many along the river with beautiful views. Go get some fresh air and exercise!
Equipment: Bike helmets are mandatory for anyone under the age of 18, or anyone (of any age) riding a bike on a highway.
If you like to play pool, then head down to Le Scratch on Merivale Road in Nepean. Le Scratch is located above the Merivale Mall, and probably has close to 50 different pool tables, plus a ton of beer.
Equipment: Bring a pool cue if you have one, otherwise you can grab one there..
There are many golf courses in the Ottawa region. Drive south on Bronson, and you'll pass a couple.. If you drive through Gatineau, you'll also see a few more..
Green fees will run you anywhere from $20 to $100 at the courses.
Here's a shot of my old boss during the JDS Uniphase golf tournament.. None of us could really golf, but man, did we get sloshed..
Equipment: Most of the courses rent clubs for around $10 a set.. If you want, rent clubs from a pro shop downtown, such as Nevada Bobs (or if they won't rent them, 'borrow' them with the intention of buying -- they'll let you take a set out for the day to test them out)
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