Student life at Augustine College revolves around the following regular events.


COMMUNITY DINNER

One night a week the student body shares a meal prepared by the Resident Advisor, joined occasionally by faculty and guests – a time for fellowship, conversation, and fun.

WORSHIP

A weekly Chapel service is conducted at the College by the Reverend Doug Hayman. On Sundays students worship at churches of their own choosing in Ottawa. Some students find a single church home while others use the year to explore a variety of denominations. Local students (students in the current year as well as College alumni) often invite students arriving from out of town to attend their churches.

The nearby University of Ottawa has an active InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter, which Augustine students are welcome to attend.

Local church list

RESTLESS HEARTS CAFÉ

Typically held around February 14, this pot pourri of entertainment includes readings, music, recitations, and lampoonery (sometimes harpoonery) organized by students and presented by the students, faculty, and staff of the College.

THE OTTAWA SYMPHONY

Tickets to four concerts by the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra are provided for all students by a generous benefactor.

EVENINGS/MOVIE NIGHTS AT PROFESSORS’ HOMES

During the year professors and their families have invited the students over for dinner and debate, conversation and music, movies and laughter.

HYMN SING

Each November students and faculty gather in the contemplative and beautiful setting of St. Barnabas’ Church for an evening of worship and contemplation. Music complemented by meditations on a theme, with Scripture readings and reflections by faculty, staff, and students of the College, have made every Hymn Sing a wonderful and memorable evening of worship.

SKATING ON THE CANAL

Ottawa is known for the Rideau Canal (an easy walk from the College), which, among other things, is used in winter as a skating rink. At about 8 km (over 3 miles) of ice, the Canal is the World’s Longest Skating Rink.

SPORTS

Depending on interest, different pick-up sports are played. Ultimate frisbee was the game of choice one year, soccer in another, while in yet another year ping-pong madness reigned.

CYCLING

Ottawa is a city of bicycle paths, which many citizens choose over cars. Cycling is both a good warm-weather pastime and a good way to commute around Ottawa. There are paths along both sides of the Canal and the nearby Ottawa and Rideau rivers. The Gatineau Hills across the Ottawa River are also an excellent cycling destination (in years past there have been pre-church rides on Sunday to the highest point of the Hills and back - approximately 40 km or 18 miles).

HIKING AND SPELUNKING

The Gatineau Hills also have interesting caves and the Lusk Caves have been a destination for hikes. In fall the caves sport great views and sections of semi-submersed paths which are great fun to navigate (don’t forget a change of clothes, especially socks).