Ski Outing Cancelled

March 11, 2017

The Gatineau Park Ski Outing that was scheduled for tomorrow Sunday, March 12 has been cancelled due to poor snow conditions.


Estonian work of art looking for home

March 8, 2017

A work of art by a talented Estonian/Canadian artist: Aarne Hans Vahtra (1940-2011) who was very active in the Toronto Estonian community is for sale.
See images below. Asking price is $400.00 .
For more information please contact Moshe Dobner (Markham, ON), tel # : 905 294 8482 or email:

Capital Chamber Choir Concert

March 5, 2017

This concert featuring music by the late Estonian Veljo Tormis will take place on
Saturday March 11, at 8:00 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph’s Church, 151 Laurier Ave. East, Ottawa.
The concert will feature choral music from Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Australia and the United States.
$25 general admission,
$15 students;
$5 advance purchase discount at The Leading Note (370 Elgin Street, Ottawa), online ( or from choristers.
Choir website

Gatineau Park Ski Outing

March 2, 2017

This is to invite everyone to participate in an OES ski outing on Sunday, March 12. We will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Parking Lot 19 (P19), at the north end of Lac Phillippe. To get there, take Highway 5 north, exiting onto Highway 366 (west, towards Masham) and then turn left into Gatineau Park–you’ll be required to pay a small trail fee.
We’ll be skiing along trail 50 for about 4 kilometres and then taking trail 55 to Renaud Cabin; for those who wish to ski farther, we’ll make arrangements at P19. These trails are scenic and beautiful, and easy to ski. Bring your lunch and drinks and maybe something extra to share–we’ll all be at Renaud Cabin by 12:00 noon.
Please register (e-mail: or phone 613 234 8022) if you are coming. Look forward to seeing everyone!

Get-together with Estonian Skiers

February 8, 2017

As in previous years, there will be 10 skiers from Estonia coming to the Gatineau Loppet.  Races will take place on Saturday and Sunday February 18 and 19.  A get-together is being organized on Saturday evening and all are invited. The Brasseur du Temps Pub-Bistro is located in downtown Gatineau in Old Hull at 170 rue Montcalm.  The link is:

Saturday February 18, 5:30 p.m.
Please contact either
Tõnu Saidla (613) 234-8022,  or
Tõnu Onu (819) 682-9352,
no later than Thursday February 16, to let us know if you’re coming so we can reserve for the appropriate number at the Bistro.

Bright Nights: The 7th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival

January 29, 2017

This year’s Bright Nights Film Festival will screen the Estonian animation film
Lotte ja Kuukivi Saladus (Lotte and the Moonstone Secret)
Heiki Ernits, Janno Poldma  •  Estonia  •  2011  •  75 min
on Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2:00 pm, at the River Building Theatre, Carleton University
For ticket information:
For film description and trailer:

Planning for 2017

January 4, 2017

The OES executive met on Tuesday January 3rd, to review past activities and plan for the future.

Left to right Ene Tikovt, Tõnu Onu, Urve Mundi, Liisa Kauri, Enel Rummel Onu, Margus Aruja, Liisa Pent, Jaan Ranne.

Left to right Ene Tikovt, Tõnu Onu, Urve Mundi, Liisa Kauri, Enel Rummel Onu, Margus Aruja, Liisa Pent, Jaan Ranne.

Jõulupuu 2016 … lots of fun with Jõuluvana

January 4, 2017

And the first package is for ...

And the first package is for …

Smiles on everybody

Smiles on everybody

Oh boy, my turn!

Oh boy, my turn!





Jõulu Kirik ja Jõulupuu 2016

December 6, 2016

Christmas church service and Christmas gathering

Saturday December 17, 3:00 p.m.

Latvian Church, 83 Main St., Ottawa

The Christmas Church Service will take place at 3 p.m. and the Christmas gathering will follow in the church basement at 4:30 p.m.

Santa Claus will be arriving from the North and looks forward to children reciting poems and singing songs.

Children’s Christmas presents: please register with Ene Tikovt at  613-226-3680 by Sunday December 11.

For the potluck meal, the Ottawa Estonian Society will be providing wieners and drinks. Please bring either a side dish (sauerkraut would be very welcome) or sweets for dessert

As in previous years, admission is free to the Christmas gathering.

OES Jõulupuu 2016

October 25, 2016

Mark your calendars for

Saturday,  December 17th

for the Ottawa Estonian Christmas church service  followed by our traditional family Jõulupuu. Events being held at the Peace Latvian Ev Lutheran Church on Main St. as in previous years.

More details to follow.