Manotic Area/Community Centre Expansion
Status Update - September 23, 2015

With the Federal Government announcement by Mr. Poilievre on July 31st pledging $880,000 for the Manotick Community Centre expansion project, most residents may think that we are done with our fundraising efforts. Unfortunately, that is not the whole story. (Read More)

For more information on the project, please visit the Manotick Arena/Community Centre web page.

2014 Annual General Meeting

The MCPRA 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on December 3, 2014. The minutes are available in our library.

The MCPRA Board was confirmed at this meeting. See the list of Board Members on our About Us page.

Long Island Interpretive Signs - 13 June 2013

Five new interpretive panels have been developed and installed in Long Island Park.

The panels, which contain information about the Long Island's history, diverse ecology, and this particular stretch of natural shoreline, also serve another purpose. “In 2011, we surveyed Manotick residents and found that many were unclear which riverside parks and paths were publicly accessible, says Noel Norenius, President, Manotick Culture, Parks, and Recreation Association.  "With no park signage, these panels help define Long Island Park as public space."

For more information consult the Long Island Interpretive Panel web page.

Emerald Ash Borer Information Session - April 2013

The Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation Association will be holding an EMERALD ASH BORER PRESENTATION at the Manotick Area Community Hall on THURSDAY APRIL 18, 2013 from 7 PM to 9 PM.

For more information consult the MCPRA Emerald Ash Borer web page.

Mahogany Harbour Pathway Link

The MCPRA in collaboration with the Manotick BIA, Manotick Kiwanis, Minto and f.d. fountain landscape architecture is proud to present a conceptual plan for the development of the Mahogany Harbour link between south Manotick and the town centre. This design is intended to spur conversation on the future of Manotick parks and pathways.

For more information check out the Mahogany Harbour Pathway Link concept page. New Link

Watson Mill Concert Series Continues

The "Raise the Roof" concert series in support of renovation of the Watson Mill roof continues this Saturday November 3 at the Manotick United Church, 7:30 pm

For more information see the poster.

Emerald Ash Borers Approaching

You may not want to meet this visitor but best to know who's in the neighbourhood!

Most people have heard about the Emerald Ash Borer, but few realize the toll it has taken on the tree canopy in some parts of urban Ottawa and the potential devastation it could have in Manotick. Read more...

Ian Tamblin Concert October 27th

The Manotick United Church and Watson's Mill are presenting a concert by Ian Tamblin on October 27th at 7:30 PM at the Manotick United Church. More information...

Proceeds will support the Watson Mill "Raise the Roof" campaign.

Zebra Stripes in Manotick

During "Taste of Manotick" on August 18th, the MCPRA created a temporary prototype crosswalk on Manotick Main Street. The purpose of the crosswalk was to draw attention to the Manotick On The Move report which identifies a number of projects designed to make Manotick a more pedestrian and cyclist friendly

The crosswalk became a piece of art when people were encouraged to decorate the stripes. Photos of the crosswalk are availabe on the MCPRA Facebook page.

Theatre-in-the-Park - August 15th

Survey results are in: Mamma Mia, the 2008 film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, has been selected by popular vote for this year's Family Movie Night Wednesday August 15 at dusk in Dickinson Square. Bring your friends and family to sing along!

Weather Date: August 22. An email will be mailed to those on the MCPRA mailing list confirming the date. Please ckeck the MCPRA Facebook page for updates.

Manotick Parks and Pathway Map On-Line

An uodated map of Manotick parks, pathways and roads is now avaialable on-line.

Look for the paper version ot local Manotick businesses and other location.

"Manotick On The Move" Report Released

The report of the Manotick walkability and cycling forum held April 17 is now available on-line.


Theatre in the Park Returns to Manotick

The ever popular summer outdoor "theatre in the park" returns to Dickenson Square in Manotick this Summer. This family friendly series features some of Ottawa's best theatre companies.

The highly popular "Family Movie Night" is back in August and YOU can help choose the movie!

More details on the "Theatre in the Park" page.

Jane's Walk Manotick - Sunday May 6, 2012

The second Jane's Walk Manotick will be held on Sunday, May 6th at 2pm. Join us for the "North Island Ramble!" through David Bartlett Park to the Long Island Locks. Learn about the island, its history and its plants and wildlife.

For more information visit the Jane's Walk Manotick page. For information about Jane's Walks and others across the Capital Region, visit

Manotick on the Move: A Walking and Cycling Forum

Tuesday, April 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. James Anglican Church Hall
1138 Bridge St. Manotick

Facilitated by author and active transportation specialist Michael Haynes, the goal is to identify some of Manotick's barriers and opportunities for walking/cycling, propose solutions, and prioritize potential initiatives. If you would like to join us at this free forum, contact today! For more information see the workshop website.

Manotick on the Move Presentation
Canadian Walking/Cycling Community Success Stories

Join author and Director of TransActive Solutions, Michael Haynes, as he gives an engaging presentation on how other Canadian communities have improved their walking and cycling infrastructure.

Monday, April 16, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Knox Presbyterian Church Hall
5533 Dickinson Street, Manotick

For more information check out the Manotick on the Move web page

Public Meetings: Village Plan Review

In the Spring of 2011 the City of Ottawa consulted with residents regarding their Village Plans, asking for input on their future vision for their village. Throughout November and December 2011, the City will be reporting back on the findings of the Spring consultations and presenting the proposed revisions to the Village Plans.

Please plan to attend an upcoming meeting to provide input on the revised Plan for your Manotick:

Tuesday December 6, 2011 - 7pm-9pm
Manotick Community Centre
5572 Doctor Leach Drive, Manotick

For more information see the City of Ottawa Village Development web site

Exploring a New Pathway

At the start of the summer season, we make a list of local adventures that we want to be sure to take in – festivals, double-decker bus rides, wine tours in and about Eastern Ontario, and more.

Sometimes activities in our own backyard go unnoticed. So my husband and I first overlooked the newspaper article on the new Airport to Osgoode multiuse recreational pathway. But one early Sunday morning, we decided to explore. Read more....

Theatre in the Park Ends on High Note

Defying weather forcasters, a lovely summer's evening encouraged over 100 people of all ages to enjoy an outdoor showing of The Princess Bride in Dickinson Square. MCPRA President Noel Norenius noted, "Wednesday's outdoor movie night was, in my humble opinion, a great success."

This view was reflected by the audience who gave enthusiatic applause to the promise of future such events. Many thanks go to the volunteers and to the sponsors, Manotick Office Pro, Manotick Home Hardware and Rideau-Goulborn councillor Scott Moffatt who helped make the event possible.

Many thanks also to the organizations and performers who appeared at the other five theatre in the park evenings. It was a great season.

Family Movie Night Aug 24 - "The Princess Bride"

The MCPRA in conjunction with Watson's Mill will be presenting Princess Bride during familiy movie night, outdoors in Dickinson Square on Wednesday August 24.

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman, combining comedy, adventure, romance, and fantasy. The film was directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Goldman. The story is presented in the film as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage), thus effectively preserving the novel's narrative style. This film is number 50 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies," number 88 on The American Film Institute's (AFI) "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions" listing the 100 greatest film love stories of all time, and 46 in 50 Greatest Comedy Films.

More information is availble on the Theatre in the Park page.

Hot Summer Nights on Facebook

Pictures from the 2011 season of Theatre in the Park are posted on the MCPRA Facebook page. The first three performances were fun for audiences of all ages, and the season is not half over. Check out the remaining presentations on the Theatre in the Park page

Rural Review - "As we heard it"

On the evening of Tuesday, April 19, 2011, over 60residents attended a  workshop held at the Manotick Community Centre to discuss the Manotick Secondary Plan, which was approved in 2001. The purpose of the meeting was to identify issues that need to be addressed in order to refresh the Plan.

The "As we heard it" document is a summary of the discussion recorded at the meeting.

More Summer Entertainment

A hot summer in Manotick just got a little hotter. Three great events have been added to the Theatre in the Park season, this time on Wednesday evenings in August. For more information check out the Theatre in the Park page.

In addition, Watson's Mill has organized a series of four concerts to be held in the Mill on Sunday nights in July, August and September. The line-up looks fabulous. You can get all the details on the "Summer Concert Series" page.

Theatre in the Park Returns to Manotick

The ever popular summer outdoor "theatre in the park" returns to Dickenson Square in Manotick this July. This family friendly series features some of Ottawa's best theatre companies. A perfect way to spend a beautiful Thursday evening

More details on the "Theatre in the Park" page.

Survey Results - Manotick Residents Share Their Ideas on Culture, Parks, and Recreation

Thanks to the 300+ Manotick residents who completed the recent survey by the Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation Association. The survey asked residents what recreational and cultural activities they and their household participate in, what they liked about programs and facilities in Manotick, and what new projects or improvements they would like to see to parks, pathways, and recreation/cultural programs. More...

Congratulations to Heidi Roy who won the draw for a $100 gift certificate to a Manotick restaurant, and Meghan Dutton who won the GCTC theatre tickets.

Spring Clean the Capital - Centennial Park

The Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation Association is now registered to participate in Spring Clean the Capital on Saturday, April 30th from 9-noon. The site is Centennial Park.

Bring your rake, garden gloves and maybe a few paper bags! All volunteers and park users welcome!

The rain date is Sunday, May 1 from 9-noon.

City to Review Manotick Secondary Plan

During 2011, the City of Ottawa will be meeting residents in rural areas to update village development plans. The City is committed to reviewing all village plans that are five years or older to inform the next Official Plan update in 2014.

The Official Plan designates 26 villages in the Ottawa area. Each village's land use and growth is guided by either a secondary plan or a community design plan. Attend an upcoming meeting to hear more about the projects and ask questions of city staff about what the project means for rural villages. All workshops will include a presentation about the Official Plan Rural Land Use Review by City staff, small group discussions and a question period.

The Manotick meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Manotick Community Centre, 5572 Doctor Leach Drive, Manotick)

The MCPRA will be submitting a discussion paper to the city based on previous studies and the results of the "Manotick Community Survey" (see below). Please contribute your ideas by completing the survey.

MCPRA Now Accepting Members

Please help support culture, parks and recreation in Manotick by joining the MCPRA. Completed membership forms may be dropped off at the Manotick Library or mail to: Kris Schulz, 5329 Driscoll Drive, Manotick, ON K4M 1E3.


The Rural Pathways Plan

The 2006 Rural Pathway Project in now available on-line. This grassroots initiative provides an inventory and plans for future recreational pathways in rural Ottawa. The project was a collaborative effort between the Ontario government, City of Ottawa and local volunteers.

The Rural Pathways Plan is a vision, a 20-25 year vision, developed with input from the community, staff and experts to promote "walkable villages," connect rural destinations, and build city-wide connections.

Culture, Parks and Recreation Association Constitution

The constitution of the MCPRA was approved on January 6, 2011. It is available on-line

The objectives of the Association are to assist in advancing the community interests and quality of life of the people of Manotick by initiating environmentally responsible culture, parks and recreation projects and services