Moving? Changing address, email, phone?

We don’t want to lose track of you!  Please email treasurer@bytownchapter.com with your updated contact information. 

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Travel corner!

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

We know our members are a travelling bunch and we’d love to share your tips, tricks, trips, adventures and pictures with other members. Big trips (which is the best of the Hawaiian Islands?), small trips (discovered a great restaurant in Montréal!), fun trips (great seniors discount at Wonderland available!)… we’d love to share any and all travelling notes.

If you’d like to share your travel experiences with your Heritage Club friends, please send an email to Cindy Daoust (vp-cindy@bytownchapter.com) and provide the following information:

  • Where did you go?
  • When did you go there?
  • What was the favourite part of your trip?
  • Top three things to do/see?

Please add anything else you want to share about your adventures and, of course, a few pictures. Pictures are the best way to share your adventure!

Who needs Trip Advisor if you have Heritage Club members…

Here’s the first one to get us started!

St. John’s NL – Not just icebergs and whales!

Members Richard and Cindy visited St. John’s NL in May. It was their first time visiting Canada’s newest province. Their visit was limited to the St. John’s area but they thoroughly enjoyed the city and its nearby areas. They were able to see the first of the 2017 icebergs (but no whales, except, sadly, a dead one that been caught in the ice floe and had washed up on shore), experience some great local music and enjoy lots of fresh seafood. St. John’s weather in May can be cool, but knowing that, warmer coats were packed and the coolness didn’t stop them from hiking the East Coast trail, exploring local beaches, enjoying the local culture and beverages on George Street and checking out the many historical sites. They definitely plan on going back and exploring this friendly, lively, beautiful province more.

In their words…

“MUST DO” ACTIVITY: Friday night Kitchen Party upstairs at the Quidi Vidi Brewery! The band was great, Iceberg beer is top notch and the people were fantastic. Great evening of music, fun, dancing and laughter!

TOP THREE THINGS TO DO/SEE:

  1. The view: If you are able, explore on foot – the jellybean houses, the views from the Battery, Signal Hill and Cape Spear, the East Coast Trail – great sights that will offer fabulous views of the ocean and the city.
  2. The music: George Street (and the downtown area in general) are alive with local talent most nights. Definitely check out a few bands and enjoy a few drinks with the locals. Yes, St. John’s residents go to George Street too! Also check out Erin’s Pub (Water Street) to see if Generations is playing while you’re there. If they are, go. You won’t be sorry!
  3. Get screeched in! Newfoundland Screech Rum has become a distinct part of Newfoundland and Labrador culture. Many are familiar with the fun and famous “Screech-In” ceremony, where a visitor or CFA (“Come From Away”) can be awarded the title of “honourary Newfoundlander”. The Screech Room, at the Spirit of Newfoundland, is a great place to, yes, kiss the cod! It’s housed in the Masonic Temple, one of the province’s most beautiful and historic buildings and the team there is full of local information and screech!

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First By-Town/Confederation Golf Tournament – Sunday, September 10, 2017 The Meadows Golf and Country Club

The Heritage Club’s By-Town and Confederation Chapter would like to invite you and your friends to our first joint golf tournament. Come and join us for an afternoon of fantastic prizes, fun and camaraderie. Proceeds from the day will go to the Canada Post Community Foundation.

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Winery Tour to Prince Edward County – August 15-17, 2017 ** SOLD OUT! **

Last chance to be part of the wine tour!

We have four spots (two rooms, one bed per room) left for the August wine (August 15-17) tour to Prince Edward County. If you have friends or family that would like to join in on the fun (adults only please), please have them reach out to us by June 10 (a deposit will need to be paid ASAP). Typically these tours sell out so this is a rare opportunity to share the fun with a good friend, neighbour or family. We’re also offering the member price to non-members. Please share the word and help us fill the bus. If you help us fill one of the rooms, you will receive a $25 gift certificate toward the purchase of your first bottle of wine (one per room)!

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June Lunch Break – Big Rig (west location) – June 1

Join us on June 1 at 11:30, at Big Rig  (west location) for lunch at 2750 Iris St Ottawa ON K2C3C9 (near Ikea).  Please register if you plan to attend so that we can confirm expected numbers to the establishment.  

Contact Mary Oosterholt-Pilon at vp-mary@bytownchapter.com to register.

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First By-Town/Confederation Golf Tournament – Sunday, September 10, 2017 The Meadows Golf and Country Club

The Heritage Club’s By-Town and Confederation Chapter would like to invite you and your friends to our first joint golf tournament. Come and join us for an afternoon of fantastic prizes, fun and camaraderie. Proceeds from the day will go to the Canada Post Community Foundation.

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New Community Involvement Section!

Thanks to the generosity of our members, we are able to financially support local organizations as our Causes of Choice. To showcase your generosity, and provide members with additional information about these organizations, we’ve added a new Community Involvement tab in the menu bar above. If you want to learn more about these organizations, or maybe even volunteer to help with their good work, the Community Involvement page can help!  

Also, if you volunteer at or support a local organization and would like to have By-Town consider them as our Cause of Choice for next year, please send a note to any member of the executive.

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Hiking 2017

Who’s up for an occasional early-day hike?  Last year, a few of us found short, not-too-strenuous hikes in the region, and got together before the heat of the day.  We hiked, we talked, we hiked some more.  And survey says that we all loved it! Continue reading

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May Lunch Break – May 4, 2017 – Mandarin Buffet

Join us on May 4, 11:30, at Mandarin Buffet (290 West Hunt Club) for a Chinese Buffet lunch (location on Google Maps).

Please register if you plan to attend so that we can confirm expected numbers to the establishment.  Contact Karen Casselman at vp-karen@bytownchapter.com.

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Winery Tour to Prince Edward County – August 15-17, 2017

Back by popular demand is a winery tour to Prince Edward County.  Included:

  • Transportation to Prince Edward County and to all wineries
  • Two-night accommodation at the Waring House Hotel
  • Two breakfasts
  • All wine tasting fees and tours.

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Mystery Bus Tour – June 10 – back again for a day of intrigue! ** SOLD OUT! **

Last year’s outing was such a great success that we’re doing it again!  So, if you’re looking for a mid-summer adventure, book now!  Where will we go? What will we do? The only thing we will tell you is that you are guaranteed to have fun!  Continue reading

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Music lovers take note – new quiz for Make a Wish Foundation – April 20

A year ago, By-Town’s Tim McGurrin hosted a marathon, sold out music quiz in the Byward Market, raising over $3,000 for the NAJDA Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Group, which was By-Town Chapter’s 2016 Cause of Choice. This year’s mega music quiz is at a different location and for a new cause. We’ve booked the Barley Mow on Bank Street near Sunnyside, and all funds raised will be for the Make a Wish Foundation, as Team High Anxiety (Cindy Daoust and Tim) attempt to raise enough money to rappel off a city building this June!

April 20, 7pm.
Barley Mow, 1060 Bank Street
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2017 Annual General Meeting – April 6

Chapter update and elections will be held at our Annual General Meeting on April 6 at 11:30. Elections will be held first, followed by chapter business, and then lunch at KS on the Keys.   Continue reading

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Community Foundation – Canada Post looking for volunteers to review grant applications

Calling all community-minded postal employees and retirees:  Grant applications for funding from the Canada Post Community Foundation are coming in fast and furious. Applications from charities, school programs and community organizations for funding of projects providing support for initiatives that benefit children have been received from across the country. We’re looking for volunteers to give a few hours of their time to help evaluate the proposals.  Bonus: you can do it all from home – no travel and parking required! Continue reading

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April Lunch Break and 2017 Annual General Meeting – April 6

Join us for our April Lunch Break and 2017 Annual General Meeting at KS on the Keys Restaurant, 1029 Daze Street in South Keys (Directions on Google maps) on April 6.

Please take the time to join us at 11:30 for this important meeting, followed by lunch at 12:00.

Registration is requested so that we can confirm expected numbers to the establishment.
Contact Trish Edwards at secretary@bytownchapter.com. Continue reading

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