Rural Well Water Testing

Rural well water testing

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has established permanent sites across Ottawa where well owners can drop off their water samples and pick up new bottles for future testing. This makes it more convenient for residents living on residential well systems to have their well water tested for free. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit website offers a list of drop-off sites, as well as times when water samples are accepted. You may also pick up water sample bottles for future testing.

2016 Cumberland Cares-Dominican Republic

By Lyle Fair

In the spring of 2015, Robert and Hilary Merritt created an organization called Cumberland Cares that would raise money to help a number of charity projects in the Dominican Republic.  The intent was to create a group willing to travel to the island nation to build a home and provide funds to other needy causes.  Furthermore, they wanted the funding for the home and other projects to come from the community of eastern Ottawa as a way to connect residences with a common goal. 

Learn to Use an IPAD

Course offered by the City of Ottawa at Ray Friel Recreation Complex. Designed for new users or those undecided about purchasing an iPad®.

We are also offering hands on workshops for those want to get more comfortable using their Ipad. Programs start in April. Call for more information.

613-830-2747 ext 224.

Free Exercise Program for Adults 65+

Better Strength, Better Balance! is a fall prevention exercise and education program for people aged 65+.

This is a beginner level program for those wishing to improve their strength and balance. Strong muscles, strong bones and better balance will make you more mobile and less likely to fall.  Better Strength, Better Balance! classes are unsuitable for people who are very active.

The program is offered in the winter, spring and fall

Thank you MARDI GRAS Silent Auction Donors

On behalf of all the people who enjoyed bidding on the merchandise, services and unique treasures, at the MARDI GRAS Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction on Saturday night, the Cumberland Community Association would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to all the donors to this event. Please take a moment to read through the list and thank these vendors in person with your business. Until next year...

Job Posting for the Receptionist - Clerk

If you or someone you know is looking for a job, here is an opportunity.

Please find attached the job posting for the Receptionist - Clerk **bilingual** position at the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre.

Vous trouverez ci-joint l’affichage pour le poste **bilingue** de Réceptionniste - Commis au Centre de ressources communautaires Orléans-Cumberland.

Jocelyne Bélanger

ISABELLA NICOLE special performance at Mardi Gras Dinner, Dance & Silent Auction

We are thrilled to have Isabella Nicole sing for us again at our Mardi Gras Dinner, Dance and SIlent Auction on February 20th. Many of you may remember her when she first sang in Cumberland three years ago at the 2013 Winterfest Dinner. Since then she has sung at the Pub Night at the Maple Hall in 2014 and the Heritage Home Tour in St. Andrew's Church in December 2014 and she made a surprise appearance at our Christmas carolling around the village tree in December 2015. 

Rural Affairs - November

Rural Affairs Office
Your resource for everything rural in Ottawa  

November 2015

Getting your flu shot in Ottawa has never been easier

2015 11 Barnett Drive extension and gas bar proposal – Planning Considerations

If you are interested in the progress on the Barnett Extension and Gas Bar/Drive Thru proposal please find some back-ground information in the attached document. With the assistance of our City Councellor the CCA continues to try to meet with the developer to ensure that the proposed commercial development is in keeping with the historical nature and ambiance of a rural village and will ultimately enhance it.

Museum gardens and plea for plants!

The Cumberland Village Heritage Museum is currently on the lookout for donated perrenials! Two of our community volunteers are going to be helping them to beautify the property gardens and request that if you happen to have any that you may be getting rid of or dividing and would like to donate, please do! Contact Diana by emailing:

Lamplighter - April 2015

The CCA's tri-annual publication of events, upcoming activities, and news in Cumberland Village.

Mardi Gras Portraits

Here are some of the portraits from under the Mardi Gras Arch. I am very sorry that some of the pictures were corrupted on the memory stick. I will do my best to recover them but I can't guarentee that will be successful. If you recognize anyone in the photos and think they may want their picture please let them know. We do not know who all the people are and would like to ensure that everyone gets to enjoy the photos.

Laisez les bon temps rollez--Let the good times roll!

Mardi Gras Photos

Here are some photos of a wonderful night out at Cumberland's Winterfest Mardi Gras. Enjoy.

Cumberland Outdoor Rink

Located in Wilfred Murray Park (behind the RJ Kennedy arena) the rink is open and in great condition.  Come on out and enjoy winter outdoors with friends and family at this great local facility.  You can check out regularly updated rink conditions.

Find information regarding ice reservations attached. For hours of operation or volunteering opportunities please contact Brent at

Winter Bread Share

The Black Walnut Bakery will continue to bake throughout the winter every second weekend starting November 1st for pre-ordered bread and baked goods for pickup at the bakery at 979 Cameron St. betweeb 9 & 12 noon Saturday mornings. See details below on how to order. All products are homemade with organic flours.

DON'T MISS the Cumberland Farmers' Market Fall Activities

The Cumberland Farmers’ Market Book Sale held on June 28th and July 5th allowed us to support both the Kidney Foundation of Canada and The Kidney Research Center/Ottawa Hospital with a donation of $350. each thanks to the generous support of our community. 

Our Market Café’s have raised a total of $1,379.68.  These funds will be used by the market to cover expenses and invest in Café necessities.

AUGUST 23: Art in the Park- welcomes our local artists for “Art in the Park.”

ATTENTION ALL KIDS - work on the new play structure in WILFRED MURRAY PARK will begin on July 7th

Removal & replacement of the play structure in Wilfred Murray Park will finally begin on July 7th and will continue until the reopening in mid August. During this period the area around the play structure will be fenced off and no public access will be allowed. See the attached PDF for more details about the amazing new equipment that will be installed. The colours of the two main structures will be as shown. The independent features will have different colours. The structures offer numerous handicap accessible components.

June 2014 - City of Ottawa Water Strategy will affect us all - Learn more.

The City of Ottawa sponsored Water Round Table held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 was a great success considering it dawned a sunny day. Many concerned and interested Ottawa residents donated half of their Saturday to participate in a dialogue identifying priorities and concerns related to the current and future of water quality in the national capital region.

Participants discussed the following questions and all conversations were scribed for consolidaiton by the committee. 

1) What does a healthy water environment mean to you?