Sunday 20th August
Teams arrive and make their way to their selected Carnival accommodation in downtown Ottawa. Teams will register at the HQ Hotel and the Team Managers meeting will take place at 1.30pm at a venue to be advised. Late-afternoon teams will gather at Parliament Hill for the Opening Ceremony followed by the Welcome Party at the City Hall, featuring finger foods, an open bar for beer, wine and juices and entertainment. Early evening transfer back to your accommodation and enjoy the night life in downtown Ottawa.
Monday 21st August
Morning transfer to Twin Elm Rugby Park in South Nepean approximately, 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Ottawa for the first day of fixtures. With five rugby fields, 12 changing rooms, two lounges, a bar and spectator seating for hundreds of people, Twin Elm is a unique sports facility. This great facility is home to several local clubs and the representative sides for Eastern Ontario. A shuttle service will run between Carnival Hotels and the Park during the day.
Tuesday 22nd August
A day of rest and relaxation in and around Ottawa with the opportunity to do any of a number of optional tours; enjoy the hospitality of local bars and restaurants or do some casual sightseeing in this beautiful and historic city. Late afternoon there will be a Vintage Business Reception to be hosted by Embassy and High Commissions of participating teams at Shopify Headquarters in downtown Ottawa. See below
In the evening all teams will be encouraged to attend a Foundation Fund Raising Party in support of the Carnival Charity. The Bytown Rugby Foundation has been established to support young people who cannot afford to play rugby. Young rugby players who get selected to representative sides which have a pay-to-play policy need assistance to cover their costs. The Foundation supports the development of rugby in the region. Between 8.00pm and midnight enjoy fabulous hospitality and entertainment at the Heart and Crown Irish Pub in the Byward Market.
Wednesday 23rd August
Morning departure for the second day of fixtures at Twin Elms Park, home of the Eastern Ontario Representative sides and once again a great venue for Vintage Rugby with food and beverage available right through the day. Evening free to explore and enjoy restaurants and bars in downtown Ottawa.
Thursday 24th August
Rest day from the rugby with a series of optional tours to be offered ranging from white-water rafting to river cruising. Full details to follow. Evening free to further enjoy local restaurants and bars and maybe there could be local sports event that could be of interest.
Friday 25th August
Morning transfer to Twin Elms Park for the third round of fixtures with arrangements the same as those for the previous two days at the Park. Evening free to continue enjoying the delights of Ottawa.
Saturday 26th August
A day of leisure with the opportunity to do more sightseeing, a bit of shopping and rumour has it that there is a Craft Beer Carnival in the city that may well suit Vintage Rugby players and supporters. Early evening teams will transfer to the fantastic EY Centre for an extensive Finale Awards Dinner and Dance. A three course meal, open bar for beer, wine and juices and good entertainment will ensure a great Vintage Rugby Party to equal anything we have enjoyed previously.
Sunday 27th August
Time to extend your stay, do a bit of touring in wonderful east Canada or head for home after a great week of Vintage Rugby, social events, eating, drinking, mixing and mingling.
NEW to Vintage Rugby. Do you own a business? Do you work for a major company?
Would you like to mingle over drinks and food with Ottawa’s business people and business representatives from your High Commission or Embassy? Would you like to put some of your trip as a business expense?
Have you heard of Shopify, an international company that is growing in leaps and bounds! Shopify will be hosting a casual business reception for Vintage participants. Local businesses will sponsor the reception for Vintage participants. All you need to do is register to attend. Watch for further announcements for how to register and when the activity will take place during Vintage week.