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 the 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:


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.


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.


The Evening Book Club this year is taking on a different approach from a usual book club format in that rather than setting specific book titles to read each month, members can simply bring along whatever they are reading, or interested in, and present it to the group.This opens up ways of discovering new authors and promoting a free flowing discussion about these books and their authors.
Members can, if they wish, bring along books to put in a communal reserve to exchange with other members.


Craft and Chat meets once a month.  We introduce a different type of craft at each meeting.  Simple crafts, that you can do with your children or grandchildren, which may include learning knitting; crocheting; needlework; beading; to the simple colouring of Mandala's.  If you are working on a craft - knitting, crocheting, needlework, beading, etc. - please bring this with you to continue working on. It's fun to sit and work on our projects while chatting with others.  Coffee, tea and light snacks are served and the meeting lasts about two hours.  


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.


We meet once a month to enjoy watching a film together. Our venue is usually the Bytowne Cinema on Rideau Street, a theatre specializing in independent and foreign films. Afterwards we convene at a nearby location for refreshment and discussion. Note that this is an activity where significant others are welcome to join us.


The friendly group of Scrabble players meet once a month at each others homes for a relaxing game of Scrabble and delicious snacks provided by that month's host.
It is a good chance to visit with a smaller group of Newcomers. Scrabble is an easy, satisfying game to learn.  The group includes both non-competitive and serious players.


The Joint ONC/ONAC 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 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 also get to meet new friends or see old ones again.  Plus, 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 Wednesday of each month.


FUN Photography is a new group to ONC for 2015. 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 Couples Bridge invites ONC members to join them on the 2nd Saturday of each month for Couples Bridge.  We meet at a member's home at 7:30 p.m. for dessert and Bridge.


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

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?

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.