Transportation to Non-urgent Appointments

This program allows less mobile clients to maintain their ability to live independently and reduce their isolation by meeting important social and lifestyle needs involving sustenance, health and social contact. Clients are referred to other programs as needed if drivers notice changes in frailty or general health or social capacity.

Each day 10-18 people are served, with 7,000-8,000 drives offered each year.

Our 20 kind and caring volunteers ensure you arrive at your destination on time and safely home after.

Types of trips
  • Medical appointments, which are greatly enhanced by the care, concern, emotional support and flexibility offered by the volunteer drivers who offer this one-on-one service.
  • Olde Forge day programs, and
  • weekly luncheons
How to register

Clients must be registered ahead and provide 7 days notice for requests. This program is open to all seniors and adults with disabilities who live in the Olde Forge catchment area.

driver ray with olde forge vehicle

Fees are based on distance from your home to the location of your appointment.

Within Ottawa City Limits:

  • 1-20 kms - $12 (return)
  • 21-40 kms - $17(return)
  • Over 40kms - $25 (return)
  • Foot Clinic Drive - $10
  • Adult Day Program Drive - $10
  • Luncheon Program Drive - $4

Fees are charged for most types of rides, with extra costs covered by Forge budget.

Please note:
Clients are responsible for payment of parking fees. Drives not cancelled are subject to charges. 

Run Around Rides

OldeForge Run Around Rides for seniorsClick to enlarge

Serviced by the Olde Forge driving staff, Run Around Rides will be available for all non-medical transportation needs: errands, banking, shopping trips, lunch dates with friends, visiting family, hair appointments, even a day at the spa!

Whatever running around you need to do, Run Around Rides can get you there!

Who Qualifies

This service is only available to those living within the catchement area below.

The catchment boarders on the following streets:

Ottawa River to the North / Kirkwood Ave to the East / Hunt Club Rd to the South / Eagleson Rd to the West.

catchment area

How to Register

To book your ride, phone or email the Olde Forge at least 2 days in advance.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment online using Caredove.


Fees for this service are based on the distance from your home to the destination.

Distance (km) 0-5 km 5.1-10 km 10.1-15 km 15.1-20 km 20.1-25 km 25+ km
Fee $6.50 $10.40 $15.10 $18.50 $22.65 $1.05 per km

Community Shopping Van Program

A Forge-owned community van, (which has been in operation for 30 years) takes registered clients shopping to help them maintain their independence. The community van travels weekly to local grocery stores, Carlingwood Shopping Centre and occasionally to Bayshore Shopping Centre.

Clients may bring up to two reusable shopping bags with them on the return trip in the van. Arrangements can be made to have the store deliver any additional bags.

How to Register

To book your ride, phone or email the Olde Forge at least 2 days in advance.


The fee for the van service is $6.00 round trip and our drivers do not accept tips.

  • PLEASE NOTE: To help support the City of Ottawa's physical distancing restrictions, the Olde Forge has modified and enhanced some of its programs and services at this time.