Activities: Social and Physical
The City of Ottawa offers many different recreation and cultural programs for adults 50+. Keep your mind and body active through programs such as museum workshops, painting, fitness, sewing, computer use, bridge, swimming, guest speakers, sports, and more.
- Residents 65+ receive a 10% discount on City of Ottawa program registration fees. (To receive the discount, you must include your date of birth on your account)
- Fitness memberships are available at a reduced cost to seniors aged 65+
- To register for specific programs or take part in drop-in activities, call 3-1-1 or visit ottawa.ca/recreation
Consult the Recreation Guide for Adults 50+ for complete information on programs and drop-in activities. You may also be interested in programs listed in the Adult section of the general Recreation Guide.
- Residents are welcome to enjoy City museums or theatres
Adult Day Programs
Carleton Lodge and Centre d’accueil Champlain offer Adult Day Programs for older adults who are frail, have dementia or face other barriers that prevent them from taking part in activities. Small group activities promote good health and social interaction for participants. The programs also provide a break for caregivers.
To apply for one of these adult day programs:
- Contact the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) at 613-745-5525
Ottawa Public Library – Talking Book Service
The Library offers a Talking Book Service for people with a print disability. The service gives registered users access to the Talking Book collection as well as the materials available through the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Library Partners Program.
To register for the Talking Book Service:
Ottawa Public Library – Accessible Services and Collections
The Library’s accessible collections include large print books, children’s braille books, audio books in various formats, captioned DVDs, DVDs with described video and eBooks.
All Library branches have an assistive technology computer workstation which includes a height adjustable desk, widescreen monitor, large print keyboard, trackball mouse, scanner, and software including ZoomText, JAWS, DragonNaturallySpeaking, Kurzweil 3000 and BrowseAloud.
For more information about the Library’s accessible services:
Ottawa Public Library Programs
The Ottawa Public Library offers free programs for adults 50+. Learn about different writers, hobbies, healthy living, basic computer skills, and how to use email, Facebook, the Internet and more.
For more information on programs and locations:
Seniors’ Centres and Drop Ins
The City of Ottawa operates Seniors’ Centres that offer programs and drop-in activities for adults 50+.
To find out about programs:
1. Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Rd. 613-798-8927
2. Heron Seniors Centre, 1480 Heron Rd. 613-247-4802
3. Kanata Seniors Centre, 2500 Campeau Dr. 613-580-2980
4. Nepean Seniors Recreation Centre, 1701 Woodroffe Ave. 613-580-2828
5. The Friendly Corner, St. Laurent Shopping Centre – (lower level)
For more information call 613-580-9620
or visit ottawa.ca/friendly-corner
There are several other seniors’ centres managed by community organizations which offer a range of programming in both English and French.
For more information:
Hand in Hand Recreation Fee Subsidy
Do you need help to pay for a City of Ottawa recreation or cultural program? If you need help to pay the registration fee for a City of Ottawa recreation or cultural program or activity, ask for a Hand in Hand application form at your local recreation facility or any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre. You will be asked to provide financial information when you apply.