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What's happening in Ottawa this weekend: Sept. 4-7 – CTV News Ottawa



It’s the final long weekend of summer. Here’s a look at events and activities for families in the Ottawa area during the Labour Day weekend.

Beach season

The National Capital Commission’s beaches in Gatineau Park and at Leamy Lake are open all weekend.

The final day with lifeguards on duty is Monday.

Splash pads in the City of Ottawa are still open for the summer.

The Drive In at Wesley Clover Parks

The Drive In at Wesley Clover Parks presents drive in movies all weekend.

Friday, Sept 4: John Wick

Sat, Sept. 5: Wreck-It Ralph (early movie)

Sat, Sept. 5: Captain Marvel (late movie)

Sun, Sept. 6: Insidious

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Beer at the Movies

Beyond the Pale Brewing presents “Beer at the Movies” on Sunday.

It’s turning its outdoor patio into a cinema for a night.

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The Canadian Museum of Nature reopens to the public on Saturday after being closed due to COVID-19.

Both the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History have opened most of their exhibitions to the public.

Here is a look at the museum schedule for the weekend

  • The Canadian Museum of Nature will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 7.
  • The Canada Aviation and Spaced Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 7.
  • The Canada Science and Technology Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 7.
  • The National Gallery of Canada is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labour Day
  • The Canadian Museum of History is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Labour Day
  • The Canadian War Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Labour Day.
  • The Diefenbunker is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Diefenbunker is closed on Labour Day
  • The Ottawa Art Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Canadian Museum of Nature

Saunders Farm

Saunders Farm invites you to check out the GIANT Jumbo Jumpers, the Splashpad and other activities this summer.


Ottawa Farmers Markets

Ottawa Farmers' Market opening Sunday

Cruising the water

  • Paul’s Boat Line offers a 90 minute cruise along the Ottawa River.
  • Rideau Canal Cruise: Enjoy a 90 minute cruise to discover the Rideau Canal, from the Ottawa River to Dow’s Lake.
  • Ottawa City Rafting is open along the Ottawa River in Ottawa. Depart from Britannia Beach and enjoy a trip on the Ottawa River to the Canadian War Museum.
  • OWL Rafting in Foresters Falls is also open for the summer. Enjoy rafting, camping, a sandy beach and more.
  • Rafting Momentum in Bryson, Quebec is open for the summer. 
  • Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort is open. Enjoy rafting, kayaking and bungee. Wilderness Tours is located in Foresters Falls, west of Ottawa.

Paul's Boat Cruises

Motorsport racing

The Calabogie Motorsports schedule Sept. 5 to 7 includes Motorcycle Track Day and Exotic Car Experience.

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The Brockville Ontario Speedway hosts racing on Sept 5.

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Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park is open for visitors. Check out 183 kilometres of hiking trails, as well as must-see attractions like Mackenzie King Estates.

Campsites are open in Gatineau Park for the summer. 

Gatineau Parkway, Champlain Parkway and Fortune Lake Parkway are closed to motor vehicles Mondays to Saturdays and Sunday morning until Sept.7.

Gatineau Park

Queen Elizabeth Driveway is closed to motor vehicle traffic between Laurier Avenue and Fifth Avenue daily until Sept. 7. Cyclists, runners and pedestrians can use the Queen Elizabeth Driveway daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sir John A. Macdonald (westbound) is closed to motor vehicle traffic Saturday, Sunday and Monday between Booth Street and Carling Avenue. Cyclists, runners and pedestrians can use the parkway from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sir George-Etienne Cartier Parkway is closed to motor vehicle traffic on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Aviation Parkway to St. Joseph Boulevard. Cyclists, runners and pedestrians can use the parkway from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NCC road closed

Animal Kingdom/Aquatic World/Reptiles 

Brockville’s Aquatarium at Tall Ships Landing. Dive into the aquatic world, enjoy the Otter Experience and other exhibits.

Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo in Sarsfield is open for private tours.

Parc Omega in Montebello is open for the summer.

Brockville Aquatarium

Cannamore Orchard

Cannamore Orchard in Embrun kicks off apple picking season on Saturday, Sept. 5.

The orchard is also running Family Activity Weekends until Thanksgiving Weekend.

Cannamore Orchard is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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COVID-19 pandemic taking toll on mental health, Alberta survey says –



An online survey of Albertans who reached out for help over COVID-19 suggests the pandemic is taking a toll on mental health, with increased signs of obsessive behaviour, stress and depression.

Vincent Agyapong, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Alberta, has just published results of a survey he took of people who subscribed to Text-4-Hope, a government service that provides a daily reassuring text message.

He found abut 60 per cent of respondents had become worried about dirt, germs and viruses since the COVID outbreak.

About 54 per cent had begun washing their hands “very often or in a special way,” which could be considered a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Nearly 50 per cent were considered likely candidates for anxiety disorders, and more than 40 per cent were likely clinically depressed.

And almost 85 per cent of respondents reported moderate to high stress.

Agyapong cautions the sample isn’t representative and that some level of stress and unusual behaviour is understandable in the current situation.

But he says his findings suggest the pandemic is affecting the public’s mental health.

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WATCH: 'Virtual' Rotaryfest 2020 at 7 pm – SooToday



Despite an unprecedented year of obstacles, one of Sault Ste. Marie’s longest-running traditions returns in a brand new format. The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie is present Virtual Rotaryfest, streaming on SooToday.

“Our Rotary Club has been celebrating Rotaryfest for almost 100 years – so when it became clear it couldn’t happen in the way it always has, we knew we had to find a creative way to still bring some of the fun of the festival to Sault Ste. Marie,” shared Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie President, Megan Wigmore. “With the virtual format this year, not only do we get to see some of our favourite local bands and performers that have become festival fixtures; we get to bring in some former Saultites to join the party as well!”

One of those former Saultites is Crystal Shawanda. The JUNO Award winning Canadian songstress will headline the virtual event with a Rotaryfest-exclusive performance. The online celebration of music will also include performances from crowd favourites Jay Case and Frank Deresti, Jackson Reed, Mustang Heart, Kelly MacGillivray, Kt Antler & Kyle McKey, Bone Yard, and Tyson Hanes.

This year’s Virtual Rotaryfest has been made possible through the generous support of OLG, SooToday, and Canadian Heritage.

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Fourth patient dies as Foothills hospital outbreaks continue to grow – Calgary Herald



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A fourth patient has died as a result of COVID-19 outbreaks in three units of Foothills Medical Centre.

Alberta Health Services confirmed the death of the patient at the northwest Calgary hospital Saturday, the latest development in Alberta’s largest active outbreak.

The outbreaks continued to grow Saturday, as two more patients and one more health-care worker tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In total, 20 patients and 18 hospital staff have been infected amid the outbreaks.

COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at three units of Foothills: one in the general medicine ward as well as two cardiac units.

As well, AHS confirmed to Postmedia Friday three additional units had been placed on “outbreak watch,” meaning they were being monitored for potential COVID-19 cases. Those units on watch include one cardiac unit and two in the general medicine ward.

AHS did not provide an update Saturday on the number of staff members forced to isolate as a result of the outbreaks. On Friday, they said 136 staff members had been asked to quarantine.

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