Here's where to find food, shelter 2 days after tornadoes

Here's what you need to know in the hours and days after Friday's tornadoes in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Power could be out for days, city says

Residents take stock of the damage after a tornado rips through the Ottawa-Gatineau area Friday. (Jesse watt)

Power outages are expected to last for a number of days after a tornado touched down Friday in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

Here's where you can find food and supplies over the next few days. Send us any places we may have missed on the list. You can email us at

Where to find food, gas


  • CF Rideau Centre.
  • Nandos on 90 Elgin Street.
  • Billings Bridge mall food court and Walmart, Bank and Riverside Drive. 
  • McDonald's on 670 Bronson Ave.
  • Bronson Pizza on 370 Bronson Ave.
  • Metro and Loblaws stores on Rideau Street. 
  • Sobeys on 193 Metcalfe St.
  • Massine's Your Independent Grocer, 296 Bank St.
  • Petro-Canada at 42 Montreal Rd.
  • Drummond's gas station on Bronson Avenue at Chamberlain Avenue.
  • The Food Shop on 375 Bank St.
  • Loblaws on 64 Isabella St.

South Ottawa:

  • Tim Horton's at 372 Hunt Club Rd. 
  • South Keys Shopping Centre.​
  • Milano's Pizza at St. Laurent Boulevard and Walkley Rd.
  • Ultramar on 3467 Hawthorne Rd.
  • Broadway Bar & Grill at 1896 Prince of Wales Dr.
  • Dollarama, 2679 Alta Vista Dr.
  • Cedars & Co. Food Market at 1255 Bank Street.

West Ottawa: 

  • Bayshore Mall.
  • Ultramar on Eagleson Road at Stonehaven Drive. 
  • Petro Canada at Bayshore Drive and Carling Avenue.
  • Esso at 401 Hazeldean Rd.
  • Shell at 720 March Road. 
  • Loblaws at Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre.
  • la Cucina Ristorante on 5547 Hazeldean Rd.
  • The Brew Table at 360 Moodie Dr.
  • Turkish Community Centre on 335 Michael Cowpland Dr.​


  • Shoppers Drug Mart at Mitch Owens Road and River Road.
  • The Home Depot on 1900 Baseline Road.
  • Farmboy on 3033 Woodroffe Ave.
  • Costco on Merivale Rd.​
  • Centrale Bergham on 1943 Baseline Rd.
  • Walmart on 1375 Baseline Rd.
  • Loblaws 1980 Baseline Rd.
  • Tim Hortons on 1879 Robertson Rd.

East Ottawa:

  • Place d'Orleans shopping mall.
  • Gloucester Shopping Centre.
  • Costco on 1900 Cyrville Rd.
  • St. Laurent shopping centre.​

Gas stations that are out of fuel:

  • Petro-Canada at 501 Eagleson Rd. 
  • Petro-Canada at Rideau Street and King Edward Avenue.
  • Esso on Campeau Drive at Terry Fox Drive (diesel only).
  • Shell at 20 Beechwood. Ave.

Shelter and showers

City of Ottawa

  • Anyone in Dunrobin who's been displaced because of the storm can go to an emergency centre at West Carleton High School at 3088 Dunrobin Rd.
  • The Canterbury Community Shelter operation is moving to the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in Stittsville.

Residents can access power and services, such as showers, at all open city facilities, including libraries, community centres and recreation centres including:

  • Earl Armstrong Arena, 2020 Ogilvie Road. Open until 10 p.m .
  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Road. Open until 10 p.m.
  • Howard Darwin Centennial Arena, 1765 Merivale Road. Open until 10 p.m.
  • John G Mlacak Community Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive. Open until 10 p.m.
  • Larry Robinson Arena, 2785 8th Line Road. Open until 2 a.m.

Other food, shelter support

  • The Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum will offer free parking and admission Sunday.
  • Planet Fitness on 1821 Robertson Rd. 
  • Dovercourt Recreation​ on 411 Dovercourt Ave​.
  • Goodlife Fitness clubs in Ottawa, not impacted by the outages, are open to the public for anyone who needs a hot shower or an outlet to charge their phones.
  • Meals on Wheels will not be able to serve all their recipients in Ottawa due to the tornado. They are asking family members to check up on the program's regular recipients. 
  • Causeway Work Centre on O'Meara Street.
  • Ottawa Public Health said that even without power, food can stay frozen for 24 to 48 hours in most freezers, according to Ottawa Public Health. People should avoid opening their fridge or freezer to ensure the contents stay cold. Any perishable food in the freezer that thaws can still be used, as long as it's still cold.
  • The Ottawa 67's are inviting city residents without power to their TD Place arena to watch a free game and get some food and drinks at 2 p.m. Sunday.
  • Movati Athletic locations in Kanata, Orleans and Trainyards are handing out free day passes for people in need of showers.
  • Ottawa City Hall.
  • Dymon Storage is open to people who need to charge their phones and use the restrooms.
  • Have we missed anything?  Send us an email.