Category Archives: Events

Virtual Open House, Aug 4-14

Tune in to Facebook from August 4-14 for a behind-the-scenes look at how your donation helps care for the animals. Every day will feature new posts and videos to give you a peek into the wildlife rehab world, featuring adorable animals, informative dialogue, and ways that you can help. Our goal is to raise $20,000 for the animals. Enjoy!

Open House 2018

The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s annual Open House will take place June 2 and 3, 2018, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There will be tours of the wildlife centre where you can see wildlife being fed through one-way viewing windows, displays, a silent auction, bake sale, bar-b-q, kids games and more. As usual, the band, Grateful We’re Not Dead, will be performing their classic country, rock and blues tunes. It is a family friendly event so please bring the kids! Although we love all animals, please leave pets at home.

Admission is free, although we gratefully accept donations and items from our wishlist. Registration is not required. Free parking is available on the street and we will have shuttles to bring you to the wildlife centre.

We would also be grateful for for business donations of new goods or services to our silent auction.

If you would like to help by volunteering at the Open House, you can sign-up here.

Hope to see you then!

RVWS Bottle Drive

The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is holding its first bottle drive to help support the wildlife in our care. We are accepting empty beer/cooler cans and bottles, wine and liquor bottles, and wine boxes.

You can drop off bottles anytime between now and July 8. Because this event is taking place close to Canada’s 150th Birthday, we hope that the public would be willing to donate any empties from BBQs and parties.

Drop-off locations include:

  • Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, North Gower (please call or email for address)
  • 58 Pigeon Terrance, Ottawa (Hunt Club/McCarthy)
  • 9099 McArton Rd, Almonte (near Carleton Place)
  • 877 Schooner Cres, Gloucester (Riverside South)
  • 571 Aberfoyle Circle, Kanata (Terry Fox/March Rd)
  • 1089 Lena Ave, Manotick

If you have a large delivery, please let us know in advance.

If you have any questions you can call 613-258-9480 or email events@rideauwildlife.org. Every little bit makes a difference. Thank you for helping wildlife in need!

Open House 2017

The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s annual Open House will take place June 3 and 4, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There will be tours of the wildlife centre where you can see wildlife being fed through one-way viewing windows, displays, a silent auction, bake sale, bar-b-q, kids games and more. As usual, the band, Grateful We’re Not Dead, will be performing their classic country, rock and blues tunes. It is a family friendly event so please bring the kids! Although we love all animals, please leave pets at home.

Admission is free, although we gratefully accept donations and items from our wishlist. Registration is not required. Free parking is available on the street and we will have shuttles to bring you to the wildlife centre.

We would also be grateful for for business donations of new goods or services to our silent auction.

If you would like to help by volunteering at the Open House, you can sign-up here.

Hope to see you then!

Help Prep for Wildlife Baby Season

Volunteers needed to help clean, organize and repair the rehab centre to prepare for the wildlife baby season. We received our first baby squirrel call on March 17, but luckily reunited the baby with mama. Please join us on March 25-26 from 9:00am to 4:00pm, whether for a few hours or more. BBQ lunch and drinks provided. Sign up here. Thanks for helping our native wildlife!

Comedy for Critters

Join us for what promises to be a night full of laughs at LIVE! on Elgin, February 20. Featuring Canada’s comedy legend, Mike MacDonald, and two other acts, all hosted by Nick Burden. Seats are limited so order early. Address is 220 Elgin St. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. All ticket proceeds and 50/50 draws benefit RVWS and the critters!

Purchase tickets for $20 each through Paypal by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button below. This will bring you to Paypal where you can enter the number of tickets and check out.





Open House 2015

open houseThe RVWS Open House on June 20, 2015 was a huge success, thanks to more than 500 guests, the many volunteers, the band “Grateful We’re Not Dead” who entertained us with their country tunes, a fun photo booth donated by EventBots, kids’ activities and face painting, a raffle for two prime tickets to an Ottawa Senators game, the many donors who contributed to our bake sale, and the following people and businesses who contributed to the silent auction and activities:

  • Audrey and Shawn Sinzer
  • Baldachin Inn
  • Black Dog Bistro
  • Blue Gypsy
  • Canadian History Museum
  • Canadian War Museum
  • Caroline Somers
  • Chew That
  • Chris Marshall
  • Class Axe
  • Coralie Lalonde
  • Corks – Stittsville
  • Devon Blomquist
  • Eva Laurus
  • EventBots Photo Booth
  • Fadi’s Fine Foods
  • Fran Kruse
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead Band
  • Hansen’s Garden Ornaments
  • Jabulani Vineyard & Winery
  • Jeanette Corneil
  • Jérôme – Photographer
  • Johnston’s Brothers Tree Farm
  • Kemptville Pet Valu
  • Krishna Kruse
  • Laurie McVeetors
  • Louise and Company
  • Maurene and Pierre Lalonde
  • Morguard Investments Ltd.
  • Mount Pakenham
  • Mrs McGarrigle’s Fine Foods
  • Myers Kemptville
  • Nancy Jackson
  • Naomi Morisawa De Koven
  • Nature’s Scene
  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Out of Ruins
  • Paul’s Boat Lines
  • Rent Frock Repeat
  • Robinson’s Independent Grocer Manotick
  • Scottish Glen Golf Course
  • The Heat Source
  • The Works
  • Trillium Dental
  • Whispering Hollow Crafts
  • Wick Witch Candle Co

Open House 2014

Saturday, June 14, 12 – 4 p.m.
North Gower (register below to receive address and driving directions)

Drop in on Saturday, June 14, anytime between noon and 4 pm, for the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s annual Open House. There will be indoor sanctuary tours (with one-way viewing windows) where you can see wildlife being fed, a silent auction, barbecue (with meat and vegan options) and drinks, kids’ activities, live bands and more.

Back by popular demand, Grateful We’re Not Dead will perform country tunes with a social conscience. They will share the stage this year with performers Brea Lawrenson and Nayana Bhatnagar.

Do your Father’s Day shopping at the silent auction, which runs from noon – 3 p.m. If you’d like to donate a new item valued over $45 to the silent auction, please contact us here before June 1. Silent auction items can be donated by you, your employer, your colleagues or your friends. Consider asking your massage therapist, hair stylist and any restaurants you frequent. Be creative! Items that have sold well in the past include golf packages, electronics, gift certificates for restaurant or spa services, and concert tickets.

Donations and items from our wishlist are greatly appreciated. Please do not donate items that are not specifically on the wishlist (e.g. pillows, comforters, small and medium sized animal carriers) as we then have to pay for their removal.

While we love all animals, please leave your pets at home.

Support the open house bake sale! Sign up here to donate baked goods.

We welcome volunteers! To volunteer with the open house, sign up here.

The sanctuary is in North Gower, 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Directions to the sanctuary will be emailed to registrants a few days before the event. More information and registration here

We are looking forward to seeing you on June 14!