Resources to help us through COVID-19

Getting through COVID-19: Grocery availability, delivery, diversions for kids and adults  

Please patronize our local businesses, especially independent ones, during this difficult time. We want them around after the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have updates to the following, please let us know at

See and download our printable Word file HERE for local restaurants, florists, specialty shops and other small businesses offering take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery.

Metro offers on-line ordering and delivery through Inabuggy.

Farm Boy restocks shelves daily and has lots of food, but does not offer delivery or online shopping.

Loblaws offers on-line ordering with express pick-up, ideally for seniors or those in isolation. Go to and sign in at the top of your screen with a PC ID (or create one). You then drive in to collect your bagged order for a small fee (from McArthur Ave location, 613 744-0705). Loblaws will also deliver your online order if you sign up at

Epicuria is open with slightly reduced hours (closed Sunday and Monday). They take telephone orders, online orders, arrange for store-front pick-up and they deliver. They ask that delivery be for customers who are unable to go out or who should not go out.  To all others, they encourage curb side pick up. If you’d like to place an order for meal deliveries or curbside pickup, please use the delivery form or call (613) 745-7356 ext 225 or ext 221

Jacobsons offers curb-side pick-ups and online shopping and delivery. Call 613 746-6002 to arrange.

Muckleston & Brockwell are open 11:30 am daily, but closed Mondays. They welcome orders and can deliver to your car: 613-745-2244 or

Nature’s Buzz has slightly reduced its hours: Mon to Sat 9-6 and Sun 11-5, 613 842 0280

Byward Fruit & Vegetable Market and Saslove’s Meat Market have teamed together to offer telephone shopping and delivery. Call Byward (613.241.6542) or Saslove’s (241.9266) or email to place your order. They will put it together and phone you back for your payment by phone. Then, for a small fee, you get your order delivered.

Bread and Roses is open for take-out only and will close an hour earlier daily, 8 am – 6 pm. Online shopping is available.

Ottawa Organics is an online-only service that provides organic fruit, vegetables and a lot more. Delivery to your home is on Fridays. Due to a high volume of orders, current order deadline is Monday, 9pm. This deadline is subject to change.

McKeen’s Metro in the Glebe offers online shopping and pick-up or delivery. Note that delivery is available for most Rockcliffe addresses east of the lake, but not for many of us west of the lake.

Mariposa Farms offer duck (their specialty) and local produce. They have a weekly produce list to order from and make contactless porch/home deliveries.  Here’s the website and facebook page for contacting him if you are interested:


On-line resources for delivery

Instacart – Delivery from Staples, Superstore, Walmart, Loblaws, Shopper’s Drug Mart and others.

Inabuggy – Delivery from Metro, Costco, Petsmart, Loblaws, M&M, Canadian Tire and others. Has an app too.

Delivery and pick-up from local restaurants – For take-out food from neighbourhood businesses (part of the City of Ottawa initiative to promote Ottawa businesses during the COVID-19 crisis), click here.


Seniors’-only shopping to reduce risk of exposure

Metro Beechwood, as of Sunday, March 22, offers Seniors’ Hour from 7 – 8 am daily (best to bring ID).

Loblaws (McArthur) offers Seniors’ (65+) Hour from 7 – 8 am daily (no ID required); also for disabled shoppers.

Hess’ Your Independent Grocer, 596 Montreal Rd. offers Seniors’ Hour 7 – 8am daily, with proof of ID being over 65.

Walmart (Trainyards) starting March 23, offers 7 – 8 am week-day shopping for seniors (65+), disabled and those with vulnerable health conditions.


Pharmacies: prescription deliveries and resources 

Guardian Drugs (Beechwood at Crichton) offers telephone prescription fulfillment (749.4444) and free delivery. Deliveries of store and over-the-counter items cost $5 for delivery on orders less than $20, unless you are also buying prescription drugs with the other items, in which case delivery is free. Wednesday is Seniors day (55+) offering a discount of 20% on store items.

The new Beechwood Whole Health Pharmacy at the Kavanaugh Building will fulfill prescriptions and deliver free: 613-842-7455 ask for Peter.

Costco Pharmacy Online takes prescription orders at, 24 hours a day. Your order will be delivered free to your home via Canada Post Expedited Parcel, which takes three to five business days. To register for this service, go to 

Pharmacists can now assess and treat a growing number of conditions. Talk to a pharmacist to see if s/he can treat your health concern. Shoppers Drug Mart has partnered with SilverCloud Health to offer an online stress management program through their digital mental health platform. Consider free mental health resources available through Shoppers’ website.  If you don’t have your own physician, consider using, a free virtual walk-in clinic. Rexall’s also offers online assistance from a pharmacist. 

If you need to see your doctor, consider asking if they have virtual care options available in their practice.


Planning to Grow your Own Food?

Terra Edibles, heirloom seeds just south of Ottawa, in Foxboro, at

Greta’s seeds, local and organic

Robert Plante Greenhouse in Navan, taking online orders with curbside pick up.

Tournesol, local and organic seeds

Ritchies: is open to customers. Curbside pick-ups.

Ontario native plants: pre-order plants, and fruit bushes, etc, but not seeds, 

Veseys: seeds, veg plants, flowers- high demand and shipping delays,

West Coast Seeds, excellent seeds, but limited online orders each day. Ritchies also carries this brand but their supply is low.

Soil/compost- call to confirm and pay for order. Also, Ritchie’s and the local grocery stores.

For more info on seeds:

Digital Diversions

The Ottawa Public Library has tons of things to read/do on-line and on your phone, for adults and children. Visit

Thanks to our Manor Park Community Council neighbours for a comprehensive directory of resources for children AND parents AND grandparents who are self-isolating or social distancing at home! See MANORPARK.CA 🥳 You will find links to podcasts, educational links, live streams, museum tours, science experiments, how to build a blanket fort, football games, etc.

Recommended local yoga classes with Stuart Maskell, Mouvement Union, 268 Durocher. Join him from your home on Facebook:

Local gallery St-Laurent+Hill on Dalhousie St in the Market offers online tours, shopping and home trials:         Contact them at

Glebe community:  great resource with online classes etc.

Canadian Blood Services still need help and say it’s still safe to donate blood:

Bird watching:

Dog tricks: Nancy Trus connected with Best Friends Dog Obedience is posting videos on You Tube to teach your dog some tricks:

Gardening – Re- grow your kitchen scraps:

Mental health support:

Celebrity podcasts:

Classical music: The Berlin Philharmonic has dropped the subscription fee to its Digital Concert Hall for 30 days, to help people through the #COVID19 pandemic.

Nightly Metropolitan Opera Streams:


The National Theatre in London will livestream a play every Thursday night, free


and National Film Board’s collection of short and feature-length films

Online dance classes from National Ballet School:

Free e books:

Tours of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 

Tour the National Gallery, London:

The British Museum has a large number of videos on YouTube

House Cleaning:

Mental Health for children:

Cooking classes with a chef (Massimo Bottura):

Daily drawing classes for kids of all ages by famous illustrators:


Educational support and activities:

Educational programme support plus daily physical activities by educators on Facebook at 10:30 and: 

Science and engineering challenge cards:

Elementary level curriculum checklists:

Recommended resources for decodable reading materials:

This program is often run in school libraries:

Great for families with children with special needs: 

Audible launches free service for kids:

Some classic children’s stories that may be downloaded for free: 

Book study notes:



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