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Lululemon

Hot Shopping: Look Fit and Fine in lululemon

The newly renovated lululemon store in Westboro.

Yoga lovers, runners, and anyone who is looking to stick to their New Year’s resolutions should make a beeline for lululemon. This Canadian store made a name for itself with athletic apparel for men and women that is both fashionable and functional. Head over to the newly renovated Westboro location to stock up on hot products like the “Destined for Greatness Duffel,” the breezy “No Limits” tank, and other great gear for your sweaty pursuits. Two locations, 340 Richmond Rd., 613-761-1839, and Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-230-6633.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Aug. 19 to 21

Les 7 doigts de la main. Photo credit: Christian Tremblay.

Friday, Aug. 19
There’s no big tent, but Loft by Les 7 doigts de la main is an edgy, modern show that pulls from the best of the circus. Following the story of seven friends who take up residence in a loft to escape from the outside world, members of this collective use acrobatics, juggling, clown acts, aerial performances, poetry, and song to entertain themselves and their roommates. Music by a DJ is the backbone of the performance, with tunes that range from swing to rap to tango. On at the Casino du Lac-Leamy this Thursday and Friday and Aug. 24 to 27.

File this under “things that are really cool to watch but too scary to try” when the World Championships of Slalom Skateboarding comes to town. Slalom skateboarding involves racing down a hill on a skateboard while maneuvering between tightly placed cones. The world championships of this fast-paced sport are being held in Ottawa this year — the first time since Expo ’86 that they’re taking place on Canadian soil. More than 70 racers from 12 countries and three continents will convene in the capital to vie for the top spot in men, women, juniors, and masters classes — the latter category being for racers over 45. The event is partnered with, and will be making a donation to, United Way Ottawa. Takes place all weekend.

Make the most of the quickly dwindling summer evenings with a visit to the Ottawa Night Market. The only one of its kind in the city (this is its inaugural year, too), the market aims to promote multiculturalism by exposing visitors to the best that local businesses have to offer. Bring your appetite, as plenty of food vendors — Thai Flame, Taste of India, and My Sweet Tea, among others — will be on hand to tempt your taste buds. Visitors can also pick up some one-of-a-kind crafty creations, or just stroll along Somerset Street West, listen to some tunes, and take in the atmosphere. Takes place Friday starting at 6pm and Saturday starting at noon, with both nights running until  1am.

Saturday, Aug. 20
Adore Japanese culture? (And who doesn’t? This is, after all, the culture that brought us sushi). Then head on over to the seventh annual Japanese Summer Festival at Vincent Massey Park. The annual celebration showcases martial arts, flower arranging sessions, traditional dances, tasty food (like a hot dog with Japanese toppings!), a children’s tent with face painting, origami, and games, and a performance by Japanese pop star Blaise Plant of Monkey Majik. The pièce de résistance? It’s all free! (more…)

Fit Fun in Ottawa!

A roundup of the best outdoor fitness excursions the city has to offer.
By Misa Kobayashi

Yoga on Parliament Hill

EASY WAY TO INNER PEACE
Yoga lovers will adore the mega sessions that take place on Parliament Hill during summer. Led by instructors from the athletic apparel store lululemon athletica, these fabulously fun (and free!) classes attract all fitness levels and are a great way to get some much-needed sunshine while enjoying the historic scenery on Parliament Hill. Gather your friends or family, or go it solo, and join the more than 200 people who participate each week. Try it out for yourself on Wednesdays from noon to 1pm (regular classes begin in June, though may start earlier depending on the weather, see www.lululemon.com/ottawa/rideaucentre for details).

The Rideau Canal. Photo credit: NCC/CCN.

REMARKABLE RUNNING ROUTES
One of the most popular places for walking, jogging, and biking is along the Rideau Canal. This man-made waterway is centrally located, offering up a route in the middle of the city that’s bordered by plenty of greenery. Check out the Rideau Canal Western Pathway and the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. Both offer 8 kilometres of flat paved terrain that go into the downtown core. The former offers views of Queen Elizabeth Driveway and access to the National Arts Centre, while the latter runs along Colonel By Drive with access to Hartwell Locks and Mooney’s Bay Park and Beach. For more information see www.canadascapital.gc.ca/biking.

Cycling past Parliament Hill. Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism.

LIKE TO BIKE
Starting May 22, tons of people will hop on their bikes or strap on their rollerblades for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays. This annual event takes place every Sunday until September and allows people to run, walk, blade, and bike without worrying about traffic, as more than 50 kilometres of scenic parkways are closed to cars for the morning. Popular routes include the Ottawa River Parkway (5.5 kilometres) and Rockcliffe Parkway (8.4 kilometres). This is just one way to experience Ottawa on wheels, but throughout the year you can also enjoy more than 220 kilometres of recreational pathways, as Ottawa is home to one of North America’s largest networks of cycling paths that link parks, gardens, museums, and other local attractions. If you didn’t bring your bike with you, check out RentABike (www.rentabike.ca) for downtown rentals. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Sweet Sports Bag

The Bon Voyage Duffel from lululemon

Keep those New Year resolutions on track with great gear from lululemon. This Canadian company has made a name for itself with technical athletic apparel that is as fashionable as it is functional. The cheery “Bon Voyage Duffel” is a perfect example: with a washable pouch for sweaty clothes, interior mesh shoe pockets, and a place to put your laptop, it will make working out on grey mornings that much easier. $108. Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-230-6633, and 340 Richmond Rd., 613-761-1839.