Location:  Brewer Park by Brewer Pond 

100 Brewer Way, southern end of the park 


10:00 AM - 4:30 PM 



Large-Scale Photography Exhibit  

PhotoSynthesis is a photography exhibit that features winning submissions of a Tree Fest Ottawa Photography Contest. The exhibit includes large-scale images and captions that express why trees are spectacular, resilient and provide benefits to our health and wellness of our city. 

Play Activities:

Outdoor library, slackline, large loose parts playground and other outdoor games

Food/Drink Vendors

Merry Dairy Frozen Custard (from 11:00 am - 4:00pm)

Apples, apple cider and beer nuts (from Pascale's All Natural Ice Cream) as well as Bridgehead coffee and tea


10:00 am - 11:00 am - Morning Yoga with Laurel Ralston

Deepen your roots and grow your branches with a gentle yoga practice and meditation to help you connect to nature and enjoy the present moment. No previous yoga experience necessary. Please bring a mat if you have one, and email by Saturday, September 23rd if you need to borrow one. 


10:00 am - 2:00pm - Flowering Rush Removal with Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and City Stream Watch

Join in to support a hands-on activity pulling the invasive flowering rush plant that has colonized a portion of Brewer pond.  RVCA staff will be Justin Robert, City Stream Watch Coordinator and Rosario Castanon-Escobar, Aquatic Resource Technician. Volunteers will be provided with chest waders and work gloves to assist with the invasive species removals.  Also, bring rubber boots if you have them.  To register for this event and receive additional event details please email:


11:00 -11:45 am and 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm - Performance and Music Workshop with Arthur McGregor 

Arthur founded and ran the Ottawa Folklore Centre. He is one half of 'Moore and McGregor' with his partner Wendy Moore and is a member of the CELTIC Rathskallions, performing over 100 shows a year across Canada. Sit back to enjoy the music and join in with one of his instruments. 


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Guided Walk with Tree Enthusiast and Master Tree Identifier Owen Clarkin

Learn about the trees around Brewer Pond. What species are they? How old are they? Are they native species or not? Owen will share his wealth of knowledge about identifying trees and share tidbits of information related to what makes trees so fascinating and incredible. 


1:00 pm - 2 or 2:30 pm - Meditative Arts: Doodling and Patterning Trees

The simple act of colouring in a colouring book has been recognized as a great way to relieve stress, and is a perfect meditation technique. Take Adult Colouring to the next level and learn to create your own design (doodling) using different patterning and techniques in this stress-free hour-long workshop! No previous artistic skills are necessary and great for both children and adults. (Please note: A caregiver should be present to help children under 8 years of age for this workshop)  Max. 20 participants. 


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Nature Trivia Game with Ecology Ottawa 

Check out your knowledge about nature by competing in a trivia game led by Ecology Ottawa. 


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Edible Foraging In the City

Is it really possible to forage nutritious and tasty food in the middle of a city? Yes! Join local forager, Sharon Boddy, for the do's and don'ts of harvesting wild urban plants, all while learning more about the incredible species that grow right in your own backyard and in our parks. 


3:00 - 4:00 - Agents of Discovery - Demo Mission - Tree Challenge 

Combine screen time with green time! We've set up a Tree Fest Ottawa Mission using the Agents of Discovery app to get kids active, engaged and learning about trees in Brewer Park. Download the Agents of Discovery app to your smartphone at home and then meet up at 3pm to test it out.  Good for ages 8+


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Tree Plant around Brewer Pond led by Ecology Ottawa with trees donated by the City of Ottawa 

Join Tree Fest Ottawa and Ecology Ottawa to plant two dozen tree saplings around Brewer Pond. Trees will be supplied by the City of Ottawa and include native species such as pussy willow, red maple, silver maple and tamarack. Bring shovels if you have them!


More activities may be added soon. Check back often!



Tree Fest Ottawa gratefully acknowledges the financial support for the festival from the City of Ottawa's Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP).