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Sandy Hill Fun in Winter

Thanks to all the organisers of the Sandy Hill Winter Carnival that was a cracking good time for kids of all ages. We can barely wait til next year’s fun!

Winter Carnival Organizers Geri Blinick, Christine Aubry and Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre flank Mayor Jim Watson with Sandy Hill Seen's Jennifer Cavanagh

Winter Carnival Organizers Geri Blinick, Christine Aubry and Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre flank Mayor Jim Watson with Sandy Hill Seen’s Jennifer Cavanagh

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Eye Spy: Community Steps Out & Up for Positive Development

Beautiful Bate’s Hall in the back of All Saints Church at Chapel St and Laurier was alive with foot-stomping and fundraising over the weekend.

Food and dancersThe local community alarmed by a lack of vision from City officials and the dearth of action to preserve heritage architecture (some designated, some not) threw a party to raise money for conservation &  proactive, considerate development planning in the hood.

AuctionLocals are grateful for the tireless volunteer hours put in by spearheading dynamos Jane Gurr, Lynn Marchildon, Susan Young-Audet & Willow Scobie from ASH. SandyHillSeen was happy to be a part of this initiative and work with so many other local contributors including TAN Coffee, Remax, Andrex Holdings – who embrace sensitive development, Roz Matthews, Chez Lucien, C’est Bon Cooking, Rosemary Scagg, Hilltop Restaurant & bar who laid out an amazing spread and Ashton Brewing Company & Wellington Brewery who generously donated wonderful craft Beers.

Tellingly, on the same day as the party the illegal demolition of the Stewart-Dworkin building (under heritage study) on Rideau commenced. Please sign the petition for this building and ask your City to take action.

541RideauFinal note – Another grand old dame at 541 Rideau (formerly housing Culinary Conspiracy) is equally under threat. Lets talk it up and raise the rafters to protect our beautifully evocative & important history.

Weekend Roundup: Whatever the April Weather

The Truman Show rocking TAN for St Joe's

The Truman Show rocking TAN for St Joe’s

Thursday T.A.N. Coffee is doing their thing in the ‘hood. Thinking of the community and making it a better place they are hosting a fundraiser from 6-9PM to raise some money for St. Joe’s Supper Table.  Thanks for caring TAN – hope the neighbours are out in force!

Thursday through Sunday SansSense brings an absurdist collection of short plays to Arts Court. A nonsensical whirlwind of theatre brought to life by a talented troupe. 10-13 April 8PM 10-20$

Friday there is a vernissage not to be missed at La Petite Mort gallery at 306 Cumberland. A collection of works from Mexican artists curated by Cesar Catsuu Lopez of Mexico City in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa. If you can’t be there to meet the artist on the 11th you have until April 27th to check out the Up, Down, Charm, Top, Bottom/ Arriba, Abajo, Encanto Extrano, Cima, Fondo show.

Friday evening PechaKucha returns to inspire and motivate in under 7minutes. PechaKucha – which mean to chit chat in Japanese – delivers short sharp talks from a variety of speakers. This session at Club SAW Gallery features 9 speakers ranging from artists, the Director of Operations for a media company, an anti-bully advocate, and more. It’s fun, informative and smart. 7-9PM, FREE (registration required), Club SAW.

Saturday continues the run of Vacant House Theatre’s  The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine at the Backpacker’s Hostel 203 York St. 8PM – Sunday Matinee 2PM

At the NAC’s 4th stage jazz bassist John Geggie has rounded-up a great selection of Canadian jazz musicians for the last in his series of memorable concerts. NAC, 7:30pm 30$

Sunday the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is back at the Convention Centre. One-off finds for a uniquely beautiful style will fill the space. It’s 10$ entry but don’t expect vintage prices as fashions range from $2 to upwards of a thousand. 10$ entry and happy hunting.

Counting on Sandy Hill by the Numbers

NumbersSandy Hill is a neighbourhood of many facets and this website will provide residents and visitors with information to fully enjoy this eclectic and exciting quarter.

This site will equally be a “listings” home for the many events held locally including Art in The Park, Dusk Dances, Jane Walks, Yoga classes, ASH meetings, Community days, garage sales and more.

The current site will be developed, and lay-out rapidly improved, but for now we leave you with some Sandy Hill stats rather than an Under Construction place holder.  Welcome and enjoy!

People – over 10 000 strong 

  • 12,451 (2011 census).  A bilingual neighbourhood with an eclectic mix of families, professionals– from Ambassadors through Chefs – and students.

Incredible Public Transport  – Get Anywhere in Ottawa Car-free

  • The Transit Way at Ottawa University (Laurier & Campus stops) or the Rideau Centre (Mackenzie King stop) provide over 50 bus options
  • 5 & 16 running off Laurier Avenue
  • 7, 12, 14 & 18 on Rideau Street
  • Multiple VrtuCar car-sharing sites

IMG_5864Bike Paths & Walking – Minutes to Centretown, The Market & Beyond
Sandy Hill is a community that embraces walking and cycling due to the easy access of this neighbourhood to schools, shops and amenities from Rideau St, the Byward Market, Rideau Centre, Elgin street/Centretown and Vanier.  On foot or by bike these neighbourhood are mere moments away whilst further biking to Westboro beach, the Old Ottawa South farmer’s market and beyond is a cinch on two-wheels.

  • Rideau Canal bike paths can be accessed via Ottawa University & the pedestrian/bike Corkstowne Bridge
  • Rideau River Bike Paths are accessed via Strathcona Park
  • Stewart Street has a dedicated west-bound bike path
  • Wilbrod has a dedicated east-bound bike path

Parks:  (# square feet of green space) Sandy Hill is a green neighbourhood with elegant old trees lining the streets and beautiful parks and community gardens.

  • IMG_5857Strathcona Park runs along the Rideau River at the east end of Sandy Hill. A beautiful expansive oasis with a sparkling fountain on the crest where park meets Laurier Avenue.  Strathcona is home to art and theatre events in the Summer months (Odyssey Theatre, Dusk Dances, Art in the Park, Rag and Bone and more). Has gothic ruins to climb and two play structures , 2 wading pools (Strathcona Park & Dutchy’s Hole)and great tobogganing in the winter months.  One of Ottawa’s premiere parks it meets every comer’s needs.
  • Dutchy’s Hole and Robinson’s Field – often considered part of Strathcona Park these two green spaces are located at the southern end of Strathcona and joined up by the pedestrian cycling path along the river.  Dutchy’s Hole has playstructures, a great dog entrance to the river, a wading pool and is home to the Sandy Hill Community Garden. Robinson’s field is, as the name indicates, a very large playfield with lots of green space for sun worshiper’s, book readers and dog-walkers.  Robinson’s Field also houses the Strathcona Heights’ Community Garden.IMG_5868
  • St Germain Park – nestled next to the Sandy Hill Community centre at the South Western tip of Sandy Hill where King Edward meets Mann Avenue this park is perfect for active Sandy Hill residents. A play field, dog park, extensive new climbing facilities and a wading pool are some of St Germain’s key features. In the winter a well maintained outdoor rink is located on the playing field and they even have a small ice-run for new skaters.
  • Chapel Street Splash Park – A small shady park between Rideau and Laurier the Chapel street park is an ever popular destination for water play, relaxation and picnics.

Businesses & Services:  Sandy Hill is spoiled for services, eateries, and coffeeshops. For a complete listing see our comprehensive  Business Directory.

Embassies – The elegant tree-lined neighbourhood is home to over 30 embassies. From Albania, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Egypt, Switzerland, Tanzania and so many more the international flavour of Sandy Hill is undeniable!  See a complete list of embassies here.

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Education

  • University of Ottawa
  • Le Cordon Bleu – Culinary Arts Institute
  • Ecole FrancoJeunesse
  • Viscount Alexander Public School
  • Bettye Hyde Daycare & After-School Care
  • Wilbrod Daycare

Come and visit us again soon as the information and events on this site grow and flourish. Live your Sandy Hill Seen (sic) to the full!