Whatever your interests, the Ottawa Newcomers' Club offers opportunities to connect with other women and ease your transition to living in the Nation's Capital.  Participate as much or as little as you like.  A monthly Newsletter provides an overview of future activities including a monthly general meeting and luncheon or dinner.

You are invited to confirm your attendance a few days prior to an event.  Costs are nominal and reflect the actual cost of the tour or food expense.  Many events are hosted by a member who provides light refreshments at her home.  Some examples are:


On the first Monday of the month why not get together with other Newcomers to learn about their adventures and upcoming events in our new city?


Beginners and experienced  needlecraft ladies meet in a member's home on the second Tuesday of the month to try their hand at knitting and/or crochet. Working on another kind of needlework? Bring it along and join us for a morning of conversation.


Join us on the last Saturday of the month to view a film playing at a local theatre like the Bytowne. The group generally heads off to a nearby coffee shop or pub to socialize afterwards.


Out and About is an activity offered to ONC members on the third Thursday of every month. The purpose of this activity is to enjoy getting to know more about this city, it's history and culture.


On the first Wednesday of the month members meet at a moderately priced restaurant for lunch. The choice of restaurant changes each month to help us discover new venues and different areas
of the city while getting to know each other better .


The afternoon book club is a friendly group that meets monthly in fellow member's homes throughout Ottawa. The setting is relaxed, the discussions are always interesting and followed by general conversation along with refreshments. It doesn't take too many meetings before people become familiar and you start to feel at home.


Fun Lunch is a potluck activity where women bring food to a member's home and enjoy delicious food and great company.


A great way to get to know new friends and get some exercise as well!  We meet once a month, weather permitting and walk for approximately 45 - 60 minutes, followed by a visit to a local café.  The walks take place in various parts of Ottawa so that you will start to know your way about this beautiful city.  The walks are moderate so suit most people's walking speeds.


The friendly group of Scrabble players meet on the third Friday of the month at each others homes.
We welcome both beginners and more serious players to enjoy a game of Scrabble and socialize.


The Joint ONC/ONAC (Ottawa Newcomers Alumnae Club) Bridge Group meets at noon weekly, on Tuesdays at the Sandy Hill Community Center in the Conference Room on the lower level. Parking is available at the centre. 

Members of ONC/ONAC and their spouses, if they wish, may attend. A partner is not required. The cost is $3 per session. Bridge skill levels vary within the group, but participants should have a basic understanding of Bridge. Coffee and Tea are provided and on a rotating basis and  a member of the group brings a simple snack to share with the group.  We hope you will be able to join us!


If you love to eat and try new restaurants this is the group for you.  We meet one Saturday a month at a different restaurant.  You never know what you might get but that's part of the fun.  You try something new and hopefully discover a restaurant that becomes a favourite.  You get to meet new friends or see old ones again and you are learning your way around your new home town of Ottawa!


The Art Tours group makes monthly visits to different Art Galleries in the Ottawa/Gatineau region.  In a typical season, we go several times to the National Gallery of Canada, but we also explore smaller galleries and other venues where art can be seen and appreciated.


Join new friends in our monthly exploration of the natural areas of your new city. These are not hikes but discovery walks on the trails of the NCC Greenbelt and the Capital Pathways, with lots of time to study a plant or track a bird call.


Mah Jongg is a popular and fun game played with tiles, generally with 4 players to a table and the object is to form the tiles into a hand.  The first player to do that wins.  Our group plays by the American rules and meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.


With so many picturesque areas around Ottawa: the Canal, the Rideau River, the ‘Hill’, the parks, and the list goes on ... wouldn’t it be fun to have a group of enthusiasts to get together with.  This FUN photography group is for everyone, no matter what your skill level is!  While out on our adventures, we may just learn something from one another and have fun doing it.


ONC AND ONAC members meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month at a member's home at 7:00 p.m. for dessert and Bridge. 


Couples Duplicate Bridge is a combined Newcomers and Ottawa Newcomers Alumnae group activity. It meets for bridge and friendship on the third Saturday evening of every month at a local community centre.  All are welcome.


TALK, PAPER, SCISSORS   (Formerly Craft and Chat)                                         

Talk, Paper, Scissors meets on the first Friday of the month. We gather, for about 2 hours, in the same location each time.

A new paper craft will be introduced each month. Activities include creating greeting cards and gift card holders for special occasions, along with other unique paper crafts. You may also wish to scrapbook. If so, tools and materials are available. All craft supplies for each monthly project will be provided. Coffee, tea and a light snack are served at every meeting. Participants are asked to contribute a small amount each month (usually a toonie) toward the costs.    You are also most welcome to bring your own project which can be anything from needlepoint or beadwork to knitting to work on, or come just to chat.

New ideas are always welcome.  If you have a skill or interest not reflected above, you are invited to suggest a new group or plan an outing.  What's your passion?  Volunteering? Learning French? Music?

Join now by completing a Membership Application.

Not sure?  Contact us to seek more information, request a sample newsletter, or attend an event as a guest.