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Youth for Water

Youth for Water

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Sacred Water Circle and Green Communities Canada

Timeline for Completion: Pilot Ongoing

Objective:

The Youth for Water program focuses on bridging traditional Indigenous knowledge and culture with science and environmental issues to deliver a project that provides young Indigenous adults (ages 18-25) with an opportunity to learn about water issues and become involved in water protection and conservation.

At the core of the youth programming are three aspects; skills building, job shadowing and mentorships which work together to empower Indigenous youth through experiential learning.

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EcoDriver – help your wallet and the planet

EcoDriver - help your wallet and the planet

(Theme 1 – Transportation)

Organization: Green Communities Canada

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Helping you save money and the planet
◾At EcoDriver we offer friendly, driver-to-driver advice, tips, and training for those who wish to cut fuel costs while also reducing their ecological “tire print.”

Why promote fuel efficient driving?
◾There is a 35% difference between the most and least fuel-efficient drivers on the road. Most can save 10 to 15% with simple changes to their driving habits.

Why promote fuel -efficient vehicle choices?
◾Even within one vehicle class the differences can be staggering. The most fuel-efficient conventional mid-size uses one third less fuel than one in the midrange, and can save $7,000 in fuel costs over ten years.

Why promote driving less?
◾Short trips under five km are the least fuel efficient and most easily replaced by walking and cycling.

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Walk Friendly Ontario

Walk Friendly Ontario

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Green Communities Canada

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

WALK Friendly Communities is a recognition program that encourages municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designations. Using our comprehensive framework of indicators for walkability, municipalities can benchmark their current status and measure progress over time. The program gives walking a prominent profile in community planning and design, and encourages municipal governments to set targets for ongoing improvements. As communities strive to achieve higher awards, the built environment is transformed to support safe, sustainable and independent mobility.

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RAIN Community Solutions

RAIN Community Solutions

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Green Communities Canada

Timeline for Completion: Launched 2010 Ongoing

Objective:

RAIN Community Solutions helps communities manage rain where it falls to save money, reduce flood risk, and protect our water.

Primary messages of the RAIN program include:

SLOW IT DOWN. Capture, storage and slow release of rainwater (install cisterns/rainbarrels with soaker hoses); Maintain and enhance the urban forest/canopy (tree planting)

SOAK IT UP. Increase permeable surfaces (permeable paving, soaking pits, rain gardens); Design natural areas to maximize infiltration (rain gardens, etc.)

KEEP IT CLEAN. Avoid release of pollutants (pet waste, cigarette butts, fuels, solvents, fertilizer, road salt).

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Biking Ottawa to Carleton Place

Biking Ottawa to Carleton Place

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: GoBiking.ca – Cycling in Ottawa-Gatineau

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The trip to Carleton Place can be a long ride. Depending on your departure point in Ottawa, it can be over 50 kilometres one way. Cycling this distance in both directions falls in a grey zone between going for a long local ride, or doing some real bicycle touring.

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Biking to Pinhey’s Point and the Ottawa River

Biking to Pinhey’s Point and the Ottawa River

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: GoBiking.ca – Cycling in Ottawa-Gatineau

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The ride to Pinhey’s Point takes you through Kanata and along the Ottawa River to one of the region’s more interesting heritage sites. It is a fairly long ride; the return trip from downtown Ottawa is close to 80 kilometres. This route makes use of bicycle paths, the paved shoulder of a fairly busy thoroughfare, and several quiet country roads. Initially, the terrain is generally flat, although you will encounter a couple of long slopes on the country roads in the vicinity of the Ottawa River.

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Cycling to Wakefield from Downtown Ottawa

Cycling to Wakefield from Downtown Ottawa

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: GoBiking.ca – Cycling in Ottawa-Gatineau

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Wakefield is a picturesque little town situated on the banks of the Gatineau River, and one of the more popular tourist centres in the vicinity of the National Capital Region. It is in relatively easy cycling distance – depending on your departure point – about 40 kilometres from Ottawa’s downtown core (or 80 km both ways). This means a return trip to Wakefield would be a fairly long day ride, but the town can also serve as a convenient overnight destination when planning a two day trip.

Wakefield is a major tourist draw because of its scenic location along the Gatineau River, and it comes complete with a quintessential view of a covered bridge. Since much of the town caters to tourists, Wakefield has the usual assortment of restaurants and boutiques. This includes the “Blacksheep Inn” (Auberge Mouton Noir), which houses a bar which has gained a reputation for being one of the country’s best live music clubs. Options for overnight accommodations include several bed & breakfasts (B&Bs), at least one hotel, and the renowned heritage inn located at the restored Maclaren Mill.

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Ride from Ottawa – to Manotick and Back

Ride from Ottawa - to Manotick and Back

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: GoBiking.ca – Cycling in Ottawa-Gatineau

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Heading out to Manotick is a popular destination with many local cyclists because it is a town with its own distinct identity that isn’t that far from Ottawa. Depending on your departure point, this ride will be close to 25 kilometres one way, or 50 kilometres for the return trip. This is a nice distance for an afternoon ride.

The town itself is fairly interesting. Manotick’s signature landmark is the old Watson’s Mill, which is located on the banks of the Rideau River opposite Dickinson Square. It is one of the few remaining operating gristmills in Ontario and is open to the public. One block away from Watson’s Mill is Manotick’s main street where you can stop for a relaxing meal at a number of restaurants or pubs.

There are several ways of getting to Manotick, two of which can be done almost entirely on a combination of pathways, bicycle lanes, and paved shoulders (although you will be cycling next to some fairly busy roads in a few areas). These include the Prince of Wales route (when construction work is completed late in 2017) and the Woodroffe route. If you use the Prince of Wales route, you’ll be following the Rideau River, and you’ll pass by several parks that are perfect places for rest stops and to take in the scenery. Both routes are fairly flat, as there are no real hills to speak of.

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Ride to Carp – just west of Ottawa

Ride to Carp - just west of Ottawa

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: GoBiking.ca – Cycling in Ottawa-Gatineau

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Carp is an interesting cycling destination for a variety of reasons. First, it’s home to Alice’s Village Café, which seems to have become the hang out of choice for a great many cyclists out for a ride on the rural roads in the area. Second, it’s a fairly good destination for people who are used to riding on pathways and bike lanes, but are interested in exploring some quiet country roads. And finally, the village has a few worthwhile attractions, including the Diefenbunker Museum and various events that take place at the Carp Fairgrounds.

Cycling to Carp on the Watts Creek Pathway. (scroll to the end of the page for more photos)

The ride to Carp is about 25 kilometres one way when departing from Ottawa’s west-end (for example, the Britannia Park area), and probably closer to 35 km when leaving from the downtown area. It’s relatively flat, with the exception of two small hills. While noticeable, they shouldn’t be much of an impediment, even for hill-adverse cyclists.

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Ottawa To Stittsville – Ride three different trails

Ottawa To Stittsville – Ride three different trails

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: GoBiking.ca – Cycling in Ottawa-Gatineau

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The ride from Ottawa to Stittsville in the region’s west end is an interesting one because it makes use of three different trail systems, each with its own unique characteristics.

The entire ride takes place over relatively flat terrain, and depending on your departure point in Ottawa, will probably involve a total distance between 50 and 60 kilometres (there and back) . Stittsville is a worthwhile destination insofar that it offers a number of convenient places to stop for a relaxing meal, or to replenish your supply of refreshments for your return trip. Stittsville also represents the outer limit of Ottawa’s urban sprawl (as of 2008). Cycling beyond Stittsville puts you in the grey zone between going out for a local ride, and long distance bicycle touring.

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