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Blackburn Arena

Visit the City of Ottawa's website for the arena's drop-in programming including public skates and information about renting the arena. Or you can telephone:
613-824-5197 Arena's direct line
613-580-2595 City of Ottawa Allocations (for rental information)
3-1-1 for general inquiries

Blackburn Art Group

This casual art group meets about every other Thursday from 1-4pm at the Community Hall (please call to confirm the schedule). The most common media are watercolours and pencils. Most supplies are provided; simply bring a mug for tea or coffee and a shower curtain or similar to use as a drop sheet. Feel free to bring your own expertise to share; art books are also often available for inspiration and discussion.

Contact Margarete Froelich (613-824-6503) for more information and to confirm the schedule.

Blackburn Badminton Club

The 40-member club plays Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at Glen Ogilvie School, 46 Centrepark. Junior badminton is held on Saturday afternoons for ages 9 to 16. For information go to or email
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Blackburn Ladies Ringette Scrimmage

Played Mon. and Wed. mornings at Blackburn arena. Contact either Sue French (613-830-0684) or Jane Ross (613-837-1504).

1st Blackburn Scouting Group

Scouts Canada is a Canadian Scouting association providing programs for young people of all genders aged 5 to 26, with the stated aim "to help develop well rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world." Scouts have a lot of fun discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t have elsewhere. The Canadian Path is a balanced program in which youth participate in adventures relating to: Environment & Outdoors; Leadership; Active & Healthy Living; Citizenship; Creative Expression; and Beliefs & Values. Our group meets on Monday nights in Blackburn Hamlet. Registration and volunteers are accepted through the Scouting year which runs from September to August. For more information go to or contact the Group Commissioner at
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Blackburn Ladies Softball

We play recreational softball on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings from May to September at the Blackburn Arena diamond. For more information contact Johanne Danis at A registration form can be found on our website at
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Blackburn Tennis Club

This community tennis club features six illuminated hard courts, a fully serviced clubhouse, and an enthusiastic, friendly staff. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels to our round robins, tournaments, and social activities. We have a very active Junior Program, with after school sessions and summer half day "camps". Our certified Pros use the most up-to-date teaching methods, while having fun at the same time. For more information please go to our website, send us an email, or call during the season.
613-824-0002 (between April and October)
President: Barbara Nolen
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Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre

Reaching out to strengthen our community. The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre is a community-based, non-profit organization. The EORC offers a wide range of services for children & youth, women, families, and Seniors. We offer the following services: resource & referral, counseling, child & youth services, community development initiatives, senior community support services, first words, counseling for women victims of violence & their children. We have various seconded services such as Ottawa Community Immigration Services of Ottawa and Gloucester Recreation Development to list a few. We offer services programs that enhance the communities that we work in: Blackburn Hamlet, Beacon Hill, Carlsbad Springs, Gloucester South, Orleans, Cumberland, Navan, and Sarsfield. For a complete list of our services please visit our web site at or call us at 613-741-6025.

Kamsok (Branche des Guides franco-canadiennes)

Groupe d’âge 14 à 17 ans
Lyne Tremblay (613-741-3732)

Gloucester-Cumberland Girls Hockey Association

The Gloucester-Cumberland Girls Hockey Association (GCGH) is a not-for-profit volunteer-based organization established to provide opportunities for girls in our community (East Ottawa) to become involved in recreational and competitive hockey. GCGH is affiliated with the Ottawa District Women's Hockey Association (ODWHA) and the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA).

From its initial formation as Gloucester Girls Hockey with a single team in 1987, GCGH programs are designed to provide girls and young women with opportunities to participate and develop both hockey and life skills in an atmosphere of fun, friendship and enjoyment. Girls from 4 to over 21 years of age can participate in the sport at a level that matches their individual skills. GCGH programs run from early September to April with an average of games and practices of 3-4 hours per week for Competitive teams, 2 hours per week for House League teams and 1 hour for our FUNdamentals program.

You can send an email to and someone will get back to you asap.

Gloucester-Cumberland Ringette Association

Gloucester Cumberland Ringette Association offers a ringette program or team for all ages and skill levels. The bunnies program is our introductory, learn to skate program open to all as young as 4 years old.

For more information please visit the GCRA website or the GCRA Facebook Page.

Come try the fasted sport on ice: Ringette!!

Gloucester Horticultural Society

Meetings with guest speakers, flower shows, garden tours, etc. Call 613-749-8897, email, or visit our website

Gloucester Women's Competitive Volleyball League

The Gloucester Women's Competitive Volleyball League (GWCVL) is a 4-team league playing on Wednesday nights from 8 - 10 pm at Emily Carr Middle School in Blackburn Hamlet. Level of play: Intermediate competitive (with a more relaxed atmosphere!). Teams selected by draft process. Season runs from end of Sept to end of April. Banquet incl in fees. Refs provided.

Spares needed on an on-going basis during the season!

For more information about playing full-time in the GWCVL, or sparing, please contact:

Louise Rockburn
Ph: 613-841-1807
GWCVL's Facebook Page

Just for Fun Ladies’ Darts Practice Group (JFF Darts)

DARTS PRACTICE League (JFF; Just for fun Darts)… please feel free to bring along a friend who might like to try throwing a few ‘harmless darts’ in the company of a friendly, fun-loving group!

Where: Blackburn Arms Pub in Blackburn Hamlet; Address: 2586 Innes Rd, Gloucester, ON K1B 4Z6

When: Every second Thursday afternoon; 1pm to 3pm; next meeting on Thursday January 11, 2018

Cost: Absolutely Free; but to pay for the use of the dart boards and the venue we buy a drink (non-alcoholic or alcoholic your choice) and maybe a snack…..

What to bring: A set of darts …inexpensive if you like (Canadian Tire), or maybe a little better… Palason Games, Billiards and Décor

Skill Level: We are pretty much all beginners… all skill levels welcome!

Contact: Judy MacDonald (Coordinator) (613) 841-4071
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Newcomers Club

The Ottawa Newcomers Club is designed to help women new to the City, or who have experienced a significant life style change, to adjust by meeting women of similar interests and to develop friendships by participating in a variety of group activities. These include Fun Lunches, Crafts, Bridge, Walks, Art Tours, Movies, Book Clubs, Photography and Dining.

For more information please contact Marilyn Porter at or visit our website at

Ottawa Public Library

The Blackburn Hamlet branch of the Ottawa Public Library is located in the heart of the neighbourhood. You can attend free programming for children, teens, and adults. These include our popular Babytime, Family Storytime, and Bookchats. You can borrow trendy magazines, read the latest newspapers, or download music, eBooks, and movies! You can also access some great resources that you may not think libraries offer such as Chromebooks to borrow, free WiFi and computer access, Kill-A-Watt meters, and more! Of course the branch has a wonderful selection of books to choose from – there is something for all tastes and all ages. You can get any item from our catalogue delivered to the Blackburn Hamlet branch to make it easier for you to borrow! Friendly and welcoming employees can help you with your research, and are pleased to answer your questions. Stop in and explore something new, enjoy a bit of quiet time with a good book, or gather with your community in the branch's meeting room!

Library website and catalogue.
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Quilting Queens

New and experienced quilters meet Thursdays at the Community Hall, alternating evenings and afternoons (see the community hall schedule or call to confirm meeting times). We support many charities including providing CHEO and St. Mary's Home with quilts. Contact Joanne Bushell 613-824-6524 for more information.


Toastmasters International is a worldwide educational organization. Members develop and improve their leadership and communication skills through hands-on experiential training. We provide a supportive and positive learning experience, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. We meet every first and third Thursday of the month from 18:30 to 20:00 at Bearbrook Retirement Residence, 2645 Innes Road, Blackburn Hamlet. Please sign in at reception. Be our guest! Web site:
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Blackburn and Orléans Cyclist(e)s

The Blackburn and Orléans Cyclist(e)s Facebook page focuses on east-end cycling issues but has information useful to all, both recreational and commuters about routes, resources and events and even private and business sales and service.

For more information, please visit The page administrator is Dave Garand.

Please contact to update any outdated contact information for your group.

Local Schools

Blackburn Hamlet Preschool
Glen Ogilvie Elementary School
Good Shepherd Catholic School
l’École Sainte-Marie
Emily Carr Middle School
l’École Secondaire Louis-Riel
Norman Johnston Secondary Alternate Programme
Colonel By Secondary School
Gloucester High School
Canterbury High School
St. Matthew Catholic High School
Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School
Life Christian Academy

Local Businesses

A directory of businesses located in Blackburn Hamlet is curated as a Facebook group. You must have a Facebook account to see the group, but you do not need to join the group to browse its posts.

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