Five things to do in Ottawa this weekend, Feb. 26-28
Eat all the chocolate and jerk chicken you want, then burn it off riding snow bikes and snowshoeing under the stars. It's a perfect Oscars weekend in Ottawa.
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1. Fat Bike race (Sunday)
Kick off Ski Tour Canada’s Cross-Country Skiing World Cup on Sunday with Velofix Ottawa’s snow bike race in Jacques-Cartier Park. The “no frills” competition will start at 3:30 p.m. The first biker to complete five laps of the 800-metre track wins. Register ahead to participate. If you’re the type that only cycles in the summer, then come down to watch the free event.
2. Chocolate tour (Saturday)
If you missed the Ottawa Tea Guild's tea and chocolate pairing on Thursday night, you had better go straight to the source to get your chocolate fix this weekend. Hummingbird Chocolate in Almonte is hosting a factory tour on Saturday at 11 a.m. The tour is under an hour but make sure you save time for some tasting. Free tickets are available at hummingbirdchocolate.com/tours-events
3. Snowshoeing under the stars (Friday)
Get outdoors and learn to snowshoe along the Ottawa River with Pinhey’s Point Historic Site. Start your nature hike at 7 p.m. with a guide who will lead you to hot chocolate by an open fire afterwards. Space and snowshoes are limited, so contact Pinhey’s Point Historic Site ahead of time. Cost is $6.15 per person.
4. Goodbye Winter Family Cabin fête (Saturday)
It still looks a little slushy and cold to us – but think positive and bring your “cabin fever” to this this kid-friendly winter send off at Lansdowne Park. On Saturday starting at 2 p.m. in the Horticulture Building, local DJs will be providing the soundtrack as you chow down on hot chocolate, tropical drinks, pancakes, jerk chicken, fried chicken and Caribbean delights. Tickets are $20, children 12 and under are free and you can even wear your PJs if you want to.
5. Oscars parties
It’s the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night and a few different Ottawa events will satisfy your love of the silver screen. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the Mayfair Theatre’s annual live telecast – complete with drinks and a red carpet. The event is only open to theatre members, but you can become one for $10. LIVE on Elgin is also holding their free “grey carpet” event starting at 7 p.m. with cocktails, heckling and ballots. The Ottawa International Film Festival will be holding another live screening at the Lieutenant’s Pump on Elgin Street. Show up at 8 p.m. to order your beer, get a good seat and enter your best guesses for who will win.