4 June 2008

Cool free stuff happening in Ottawa this weekend

Because of course, I won't be here ... Pfft! Oh well, Ill be back for the really important stuff, like the Dragon Boat Races, Canada Day and Bluesfest :P

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. So don't put your unwanted bounty pieces in the garbage. Set them out at the curb on Give Away Weekend. For you treasure hunters, tour your neighbourhood, community and city to find those hidden gems.

Spring Give Away Weekend will take place Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, 2008

Treasures could include:

  • Books, CDs and DVDs.
  • Old furniture and small appliances.
  • Construction materials - including drywall and hardware such as nails, bolts and screws.
  • Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans.
  • Unwanted gifts.
  • …and more

Please consider safety when deciding which items to set out to the curb.
The Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that used children's items such as baby walkers, yo-yo balls, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds, toys and other child-related items should not be placed out at the curb.

Rules for setting out the treasures

  • Place items at the curb.
  • Place stickers or signs on items with the word "FREE".
  • Ensure any items that you want to keep are away from your setout treasures or tucked away safely in your garage.
  • At the end of the day, bring any uncollected gems back to your home.

Treasure hunting etiquette

  • Respect other people's property, don't walk on people's lawns and gardens.
  • Take only the treasures marked free at the curb.
  • Don't discard previously picked-up treasures on another person's lawn.

We wish you best of luck in finding those treasures. It's another way to RETHINK GARBAGE, protecting our most precious treasure - our environment.


It is also Doors Open Ottawa this weekend when buildings of architectural, historical or functional significance open their doors on June 7 and 8. They are elaborate embassies, peaceful places of worship, mind-blowing museums, green gardens, amazing artist studios, sensational science labs and more.

The list of buildings participating in 2008 is now available!

Since the first annual Doors Open Ottawa in 2002, over 300,000 visits have been recorded during the City's largest architectural and heritage event.