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For those working from home the days can kind of melt into one another. Is it the weekend? I guess so.

Let’s celebrate it with a road trip. We don’t have to go far; there are villages within Ottawa’s city limits that offer respite from the city. 

This weekend: Destination Cumberland


▫️ Start your visit at Cumberland Farmers’ Marketrunning every Saturday until October 10 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. 1115 Dunning Road, in the parking lot of the R.J. Kennedy Community Centre, Cumberland Arena. Each week a wide selection of local vendors sell baked goods, fresh kombucha, dairy and eggs, meat and poultry, produce, wines, handmade soaps, crafts, pottery, jewellery and more. As we’re still in the pandemic, there’s no eating on site, and please don’t forget to bring your mask.

▫️ If you need more local produce, the store at the Proulx Maple & Berry Farm is still open. They’ve currently got fresh corn and other produce. Check out the farm’s Facebook page for easy Halloween craft and decor ideas. 

▫️ Next up, take a walk down the main street of the Cumberland Village district to view the heritage homes. Book a visit to explore the Cumberland Village Heritage Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland, ON K4C 1G3. (613) 580-2988). It’s full of historic buildings and gardens, and it to show visitors what life was like in Cumberland in the 1920s and 30s.

▫️ Feeling hungry? River Pizza’s Cumberland location at 978 Cameron Street has pizza, subs, donairs, pasta and more. They offer gluten free pizza, too. 613.833.3133


Cumberland has its share of entrepreneurs. While there's no bricks and mortar store, online skateboard manufacturer Troubl3 Skateboards is generously offering The Ottawan readers a 10% discount. In addition to boards, they've got accessories by the bucketload including punk art gaitors, keychains, fanny packs, guitar picks, and more. Just use discount code OTTAWAN10 when you order. 

Visit a park. Cumberland has a number of public spaces, whether you’re after some solitude or you want to run around. If it’s the latter that interests you, the City of Ottawa website says that sports fields, ball diamonds and public courts are available to book. Call (613) 580-2400 for information.

▫️ Barnett Park
This is a small roadside park that offers great views of the Ottawa River. Great for picnics. 2045 Ottawa Regional Rd 174, Cumberland, ON

▫️ Humanics Sanctuary and Sculpture Park
3468 Old Montreal Rd, Cumberland K4C 1H9

This serene park is open 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, and offers paths and artwork for those that need some quiet time for reflection. Meander down paths and over bridges. “The Humanics sanctuary and sculpture park is a unique multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-generational Canadian Institution focused on promoting principles of non-violence, human development, justice and peace.” 

▫️ Cumberland Millennium Sports Park has 34 hectares of open spaces for team activities. It’s open 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. 100 Millennium Blvd, Orléans, ON K4A 4X3. Phone (613) 580-2400 to book.

▫️ Cardinal Creek Community Park is open from 5:00am to 11:00pm seven days a week. Reviewers love the variety of amenities in the park, from sports fields to kids’ play structures and the well maintained trails. Great for families.
1825 Trim Rd, Cumberland, ON K4A 3P6 


▫️ Black Walnut Bakery in Cumberland is holding a Pizza Pop Up. Order from 9am Friday (today) for pick up on Sunday between 5pm and 8pm. Choose from these excellent sounding sourdough pies: The Biene: sour cream, roasted potatoes, smoked bacon from Lavergne Western Deli, onions, mozzarella, parsley, and sliced jalapeños; The Veronica: homemade garlic béchamel sauce, red onions, sesame seeds, broccoli, mozzarella, parmesan, and chill flakes; The Eve: homemade marinara sauce, fresh grilled pineapple, ham from Lavergne Western Deli, and hot banana peppers; and The Maria: homemade kale and basil nut-free pesto, cherry tomatoes from Hidden Trails Farm, mozzarella, fresh arugula, and balsamic reduction. $30 for a 15” pie.

▫️ As you head home in the setting sun, take a photo of the sunflowers at Wilmead Farms. But take some advice from Ottawa health blogger @girl.gone.good: The sunflowers are a farmer’s crop. Can you take photos of them without harming them? Don’t trespass on private property. Wilmead Farms, 1430 Dunning Rd, Cumberland

Did we omit your favourite Cumberland hangout? Let us know [email protected]

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 27°.

Number: 84. The per centage of people on CERB who will be worse off on Employment Insurance [Behind The Numbers

Ottawan of the Day:  Hintonburg raccoon that is choosing to take OC Transpo rather than driving a car.  [Twitter]

Quote: Now we’re looking at if one of us has to quit our jobs or go to part time just to manage it, and that’s just not fair – Vicky Smallman, parent of a high school student, who is disappointed in the Provincial Back-to-School plans [CTV] [All four Ottawa school district plans]


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 There have been 2679 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of ten since yesterday, and 264 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ All new cases in Ottawa reported yesterday are under the age of 30 [CBC]

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▪️The Hobo Cannabis company has renamed itself to Dutch Love. The parent company had received complaints in the past that the name Hobo was making fun of homelessness rather than footloose and fancy free. Hobo has stores in ByWard Market, Merivale Road, and a new one in Centretown ready to open. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️ The owners of the Château Laurier have another design idea to expand the hotel, this one has the okay of Heritage Ottawa and Mayor Jim Watson. For some reason, the hotel again adds a blocky modern addition rather than just continue the original style [CBC]

▪️ The National Gallery is finalising its purchase of the painting At the Lunch Table. The painting was sent to relatives in Canada before the owner, Siegmund Isaias Zollschan of Vienna, was murdered in the Holocaust. The artist himself, Carl Moll, was a Nazi sympathiser. [Macleans]



▪️Friday 3pm – Kathleen Edwards and her band play her new album Total Freedom live from Quitters Coffee, her café [Instagram]

▪️Saturday – 10 am - 3 pm ByWard Market Author's Market Open air plaza celebrating – and playing host to – Ottawa authors [Facebook]

▪️Saturday 12 pm – Atlético Ottawa plays its first ever match in the Canadian Premier League against York9 FC. This match, like every match in the entire season, will be played in Prince Edward Island. Watch on CBC. [Ottawa Sun]

▪️Saturday 9 pm Casino du Lac Leamy will stage a secret fireworks in Gatineau, on the river, viewable in Ottawa. Where? They won't say. If you want to hear the accompanying music, listen to Rouge FM 94.9. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Sunday – The Canada Science and Technology Museum reopens to the public. Reservations are required. [Canada Science & Technology Museum]



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