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A list of Ottawa storm resources (and where to charge your phone)

Photo: Damage in Dunrobin, from Jim Watson’s Twitter feed

Power was back on for most people in the city Monday morning, in the aftermath of a powerful thunderstorm and tornado on Friday.

By Monday morning, fewer than 4,000 were still without electricity.

Environment Canada confirmed a tornado touched down in Dunrobin, destroying several buildings and causing widespread damage, before moving across the Ottawa River to cause more mayhem in Gatineau. Separately, another tornado touched down in Nepean around the Craig Henry area.

Here are some helpful resources to refer to in the aftermath of this storm.

Travel and transportation

Where to charge your phone or get food

  • Many city facilities that have power are open for phone charging and showers. A list of operating facilities is on ottawa.ca.
  • The Dovercourt Recreation Centre in Westboro is open.
  • Bayshore Shopping Centre has power
  • Real Canadian Superstore in Westboro is open.
  • Signature Centre in Kanata is open.
  • Causeway at 22 O’Meara St. Is open
  • The ByWard Market, and most of downtown, has power.
  • In The Air bar and lounge at 3094 Carling Ave. Is charging phones and serving coffee and tea.
  • While much of Nepean is dark, Algonquin College has power and has fully staffed many of its food service locations for increased demand.
  • Movati Fitness says on Facebook their Kanata, Orleans and Train Yards locations are open and will provide complimentary passes for those needed showers.
  • Planet Fitness’ Nepean location at 1821 Robertson Rd. is open 24/7 for phone charging and showering.
  • You can charge your phone and use the internet at Ottawa Public Library branches, however the following are closed due to power outages:
    • Greenboro
    • Hazeldean
    • Nepean Centrepointe
    • Orleans
    • Ruth E Dickinson
  • Tree guards on downtown Bank Street mostly have power outlets.
  • We’re tweeting and re-tweeting storm updates and info on other places you can go for food/power on our Twitter feed.


Devyn Barrie

Devyn Barrie is the publisher and editor of OttawaStart.com. He currently studies math and physics at the University of Ottawa, and holds a diploma in journalism from Algonquin College.