What is OVAS?
The Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS) is a non-profit, educational, and recreational organization. It is a club for everyone who is interested in the aquatic hobby in the Greater Ottawa Area.
OVAS is NOT just this website, it is an active community that tries to meet up at least once a month to talk fish, plant and corals. Here is the place to get in contact with the local hobbyist, here you can learn and share your experiences.
OVAS is a member of the Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs.
What happens at the meetings?
We try to present a program that meets the needs and interests of the members. We have had slide presentations, video presentations and speakers from academic institutions. Most meetings will have a mini auction at the end. In the past, we also trying to arranged tours of aquatic facilities, both here in the National Capital area and in other places as well.
When are the meetings?
OVAS usually meets on the fourth Monday of every month, with the exception of December, June, July and August. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and usually run about two hours. Please check the website for updated meeting information.
Where are the meetings held?
OVAS meets at the Tom Brown Arena located at 141 Bayview Rd, Ottawa, ON
Are there any special events?
Currently there are three main special events that happen through the year. In lieu of a December meeting, there is a Christmas party. In March, as well as our regular meeting, we have a major auction. This auction provides an opportunity for members and non-members to buy and sell livestock and used equipment. In June we have a summer picnic.
Do you have to be a member to attend the meetings?
Non-members can attend the society meetings. You do not even need to own an aquarium. All you need is interest in the hobby.
Who can become a member?
Anyone can join OVAS.
Why should you consider joining OVAS?
OVAS offers a stimulating and friendly environment for those who are fascinated by aquariums. It is a great place to get help from others who may be more experienced in the hobby. There are opportunities to sell surplus equipment and fish, and to buy them at great prices. There is a library of fish books available for members to borrow. Members also get a discounts at many local aquarium stores.
How do I join OVAS?
The best way to join OVAS is to attend one of the meetings. The exchange of knowledge and meeting like-minded people is what the club is all about. However, if you can not wait to join, please visit The OVAS Store to purchase your membership online using Paypal. Once you have paid via Paypal your membership card will be mailed to you via Canada Post.