By Linda Scales
Canadian summers are sweet but, sadly, short. The Gazette is here to help you make the most of the summer of 2017, on and near the campus.
Take fitness outdoors
Every Monday (May 29 to August 28) on the lawn of Tabaret Hall, employees and students can enjoy yoga classes. Bring a mat and water and prepare to experience inner peace. If you really want to embrace yoga this summer, classes are also held every Tuesday on the City Hall lawn (July 4 to August 29) and Wednesdays on Parliament Hill (May 3 to August 30). All classes are free, start at noon and are one hour. And if bending into pretzel-like poses is not your idea of fun, Sports Services offers Desk Jockey Training, Kickboxing and more.
Soak up the campus ambience
Strolling the campus grounds from June to late August is to see the campus in a different light. Notice the diverse age range? Interspersed among uOttawa’s students and employees are children and teenagers attending Gee-Gees summer camps and summer programs offered by the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Science.
Or go and see uOttawa’s community gardens at 649 King Edward and behind the University Centre, which are tended by students and employees. Visit the Husky Courtyard, a “living classroom” at the Biosciences Complex that simulates a boreal forest and wetland environment. Finally, admire uOttawa’s impressive selection of public art, such as A Tribute to Félix Leclerc by artist Michel Goulet, located next to the School of Music.
The many tasty campus food options are almost too numerous to mention. You can’t go wrong with the offerings at Café Nostalgica (where grad students get a 15% discount), Première Moisson, with its delectable French pastries, and Relish, a gourmet food truck serving up some big flavours. Consider brown-bagging it on the grass or beside the Rideau Canal. And don’t pass on this unique uOttawa experience: hot dogs or sausages from the stand between the Visual Arts Building and Hamelin Hall on Laurier Avenue.
Maybe summer is the time to upgrade career qualifications or simply pursue your love of learning. Here are three of the many courses offered this summer: the Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights (June 19 to 23; non-credit participants can apply until May 30), the School of Music’s Popular Music in Society (June 19 to July 31) and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures’ Pop Culture in the Arab World (July 17 to August 28). For more information, use the course search tool.
An advantage of the main campus’s downtown location is proximity to some great festivals, including many of this year’s 150th anniversary of Confederation events. Other choices to consider are the Ottawa Fringe Festival (June 8 to 18), for fun and cutting-edge theatre (with some performances held at uOttawa); the 41st Festival Franco-Ontarien (June 15 to 17) at Major’s Hill Park; and the Asinabka Festival (August 9 to 13), an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival taking place at various locations.
Please note that uOttawa will be closed on Monday, July 3, in lieu of Canada Day and on Monday, August 7, a civic holiday. All on-campus activities will be cancelled.