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Ottawa Fit 150

Celebrate Canada’s Birthday

In order to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, participating recreation centres across Ottawa will be hosting 150 special fitness events. These 150 special events and programs will run from June 3 to December 31, 2017.

Special Events

​Don’t forget to take pictures and share your experiences on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #OttawaFit150.

Aquatics

 
Date Event Location Time Fee

June 3 to August 30

150 Birthday Swim

  • Bearbrook Outdoor Pool
  • Beaverbrook Outdoor Pool
  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex - Orléans 
  • Brewer Pool
  • Canterbury Pool
  • Champagne Fitness Centre
  • Corkstown Outdoor Pool
  • Crestview Pool
  • Deborah Anne Kirwan Pool
  • Entrance Pool
  • François Dupuis Recreation Centre 
  • General Burns Pool
  • Genest Pool
  • Glen Cairn Pool
  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex 
  • Jack Purcell Community Centre 
  • Kanata Leisure Centre 
  • Katimavik Pool
  • Lowertown Pool
  • Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven 
  • Nepean Sportsplex 
  • Pinecrest Recreation Complex
  • Pinecrest Recreation Complex 
  • Plant Recreation Centre 
  • Ray Friel Recreation Complex 
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata 
  • Sawmill Creek Community Centre and Pool 
  • Splash Wave Pool
  • St-Laurent Recreation Complex 
  • Walter Baker Sports Complex 
Designated Lane Swims

June 3 - 2 for 1 Swim Fee

June 4  to August 20 - Regular Swim Fee

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 4 to August 18

Outdoor Aquafitness! Genest Pool 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Drop in Fee or Membership

August 9 Outdoor Aquafitness! Corkstown Outdoor Pool 5 to 5:45 pm Free
September 24 80's Music Aquafitness Plant Recreation Centre 10 to 10:45 am Drop in Fee or Membership

 Group Fitness

Date Event Location Time Fee Description
May 29 Yoga under the Stars Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven 8:10 to 9:10 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Bring your mat and comfortable layers and enjoy an evening yoga class outdoors!
June 3 10,000 Steps Plant Recreation Centre 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Free The 10,000 Steps is a walking route through the historic neighbourhoods of Little Italy, Chinatown, and Hintonburg
June 7 Party in Pink Walter Baker Sports Centre 6 to 7 pm Free Join the fun in this dance based class by wearing pink!
June 8 Biggest Zumba Class Bob-MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans 6:30 to 8 pm Free An all around fun community experience!  Everyone is welcome to this Latin based rhythms class!
June 13 Family Zumba Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven 6 to 7 pm Free Bring your family and dance to the Latin based rhythms and beats!
June 17 Family Bootcamp Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven 8 to 9 am Free Bring your family and sweat through a fun series of movements, skills and drills!
June 19 Outdoor Bootcamp Goulbourn Recreation Complex 9 to 10 am Free Sweat in the great outdoors.  Bring sunscreen and plenty of water!
June 22 Zumba in the Park Optimiste Park  6 to 7pm Free Dance outdoors to the Latin based rhythms and beats!
June 26 Family Bootcamp Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata 6:45 to 7:30 pm Free Bring your family and sweat through a fun series of movements, skills and drills!
June 26 to June 30 Red - White Canada 150 Kanata Leisure Centre All operating hours Drop in Fee or Membership Show your Canadian Spirit!  Wear your Red and White colours and enjoy one of the various activities within KLC!
June 26 to June 30 Red - White Canada 150 Pinecrest Recreation Complex All operating hours Drop in Fee or Membership Show your Canadian Spirit!  Wear your Red and White colours and enjoy one of the various activities within Pinecrest!
June 27 to June 30 Red - White Canada 150 Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven All operating hours Drop in Fee or Membership Show your Canadian Spirit!  Wear your Red and White colours and enjoy one of the various activities within Minto!
June 27 Yoga in the Park Optimiste Park (Genest Pool) 6 to 7 pm Free Bring your mat and comfortable layers and enjoy some outdoor yoga!
July 6 Zumba in the Park Optimiste Park (Genest Pool) 12 to 1 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Dance outdoors to the Latin based rhythms and beats!
July 6 All Canadian Workout Greenboro Community Centre 6 to 7 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Bring your Canadian Spirit and enjoy this Canadian inspired fitness workout!
July 11 Yoga in the Park Optimiste Park (Genest Pool) 12 to 1 pm Drop in Fee or Membership

Bring your mat and comfortable layers and enjoy some outdoor yoga!

July 21 Outdoor TMC! Pinecrest Recreation Complex 8 to 9 am Drop in Fee or Membership Total Muscle Conditioning done outside!  Bring sunscreen and plenty of water!
July 20 Zumba in the Park Optimiste Park (Genest Pool) 6 to 7 pm Drop in Fee or Membership

Dance outdoors to the Latin based rhythms and beats!

July 22 Outdoor Zumba Pinecrest Recreation Complex 8:30 to 9:25 am Drop in Fee or Membership

Dance outdoors to the Latin based rhythms and beats!

July 25 Yoga in the Park Optimiste Park (Genest Pool) 6 to 7 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Bring your mat and comfortable layers and enjoy some outdoor yoga!
August 4 Outdoor TMC! Pinecrest Recreation Complex 8 to 9 am Drop in Fee or Membership

Total Muscle Conditioning done outside!  Bring sunscreen and plenty of water!

August 3 Zumba in the Park Optimiste Park (Genest Pool) 12 to 1 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Dance outdoors to the Latin based rhythms and beats!
August 5

Push Up/ Sit Up Challenge

Greenboro Community Centre 9 to 10 am Drop in Fee or Membership

Drop and give me twenty (20)…or something like that!  Have some fun and participate in our Push Up and Sit Up Challenge at Greenboro!

August 11 Party with Baby Ray Friel Recreation Complex 10:30 am to 11:30 am Free Bring baby and dance to the various rhythms and beats!
August 11 Zumba Beach Party Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata 6:30 to 8 pm Free Come join this dance party inspired by the beach!
August 11 Core Conditioning - RED Hot Abs! Plant Recreation Centre 12 to 1 pm Free Wear red in this core based workout event!
August 15 Yoga in the Park Optimiste Park (Genest Pool) 12 to 1 pm Drop in Fee or Membership

Bring your mat and comfortable layers and enjoy some outdoor yoga!

August 17 Zumba in the Park Optimiste Park (Genest Pool) 6 to 7 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Dance outdoors to the Latin based rhythms and beats!
September 13 Belly Dancing Workshop François Dupuis Recreation Centre  7 to 8 pm Free Learn to Belly Dance
September 14 All the Toys TMC Walter Baker Sports Complex 7 to 8 pm Free Total Muscle Conditioning using a variety of resistance accessories!
September 14 Zumba Party Greenboro Community Centre

7:10 to 8:10 pm

Drop in Fee or Membership Dance, laugh and party away to the Latin based rhythms and beats!
September 19 Squat Challenge Kanata Leisure Centre 6 to 6:30 pm Free How may squats can you handle?
September 20 Yoga under the Stars Ray Friel Recreation Complex 6:30 to 7:30 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Bring your mat and comfortable layers and enjoy an evening yoga class outdoors!
September 20 Cardio, Core and Coffee - 50+ Walter Baker Sports Complex 9:30 to 10:30 am Drop in Fee or Membership Start off with some great moves to test your cardiovascular system, move into some core exercises and finish with Coffee!  For 50+
September 24 Bootcamp Challenge St-Laurent Recreation Complex 10:30 to 11:30 am Drop in Fee or Membership Sweat through a fun series of movements, skills and drills!
September 28 Michael Jackson "Thriller" TMC François Dupuis Recreation Centre  6:30 to 7:30 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Total Muscle Conditioning class inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.
October 23 Beatlemania - Fitness Room François Dupuis Recreation Centre  6:45 am to 9:30 pm Drop in Fee or Membership From opening to close, the fitness room will play classic hits from The Beatles! 
October 28 Interval Training - Costume Madness Plant Recreation Centre 8:45 to 9:45 am Free In time for Halloween join us for a sweaty interval based workout – in costume of course!
October 31 Zumba Dance off in Costume Kanata Leisure Centre 7:30 to 8:30 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Show us your rhythm and beats!  Dress up and join us in a Latin inspired dance off!
October 31 Disco Fever TMC François Dupuis Recreation Centre  6:30 to 7:30 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Total Muscle Conditioning inspired by the era of Disco
November 28 80's Throwback TMC François Dupuis Recreation Centre 6:30 to 7:30 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Total Muscle Conditioning 80’s style.
December 10 Reindeer Bootcamp Challenge St-Laurent Recreation Complex 10:30 to 11:30 am Drop in Fee or Membership Antlers required! Join this bootcamp challenge inspired by the Christmas season!

Spinning

Date Event Location Time Fee Description
October 27 Zombie Indoor Cycle Greenboro Community Centre 9 to 10 am Drop in Fee or Membership This scary ride will take you through a Halloween themed journey.  Dress up and come ride!
October 30 Zombie Ride Kanata Leisure Centre 7:45 to 8:45 am Free This scary ride will take you through a Halloween themed journey.  Dress up and come ride!
December 12 Christmas Spin with Baby Ray Friel Recreation Complex 10:30 am to 11:30 am Drop in Fee or Membership Bring your baby and enjoy this Christmas inspired indoor cycling class!
December 20 Reindeer Ride Kanata Lesiure Centre 7:45 to 8:45 am Drop in Fee or Membership Join this Christmas inspired indoor cycling ride.  Carrots and Antlers required!

Other Special Events

Date Event Location Time Fee Description
June 13 150 Skating Laps Fred Barrett Arena 3 to 5:30 pm Public Skating Fee or Membership  
July 7 Camp Kids Flash Mob Ray Friel Recreation Complex 9 am to 4 pm Camp registrants only Our dynamic dancers can bust a move at any moment! Keep an eye out as this seemingly random act will flash before your eyes and be over before you know it.
July 13 CRAZY Hair Day Kanata Leisure Centre Regular Operating Hours Drop in Fee or Membership Wear your favorite hat or come in with your BEST CRAZY hair style, will your magical hair style last throughout your work out regime?
July 19 Beach Volleyball Mooney's Bay Beach To be announced $122.25 per team Enjoy a recreational women’s Beach Volleyball tournament!
July 25 Camp Fitness Day Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven 9 am to 4 pm Camp registrants only Getting camps active by showing them how working out can be fun!
August 11 Camp Fitness Day Pinecrest Recreation Complex 9 am to 4 pm Camp registrants only Getting camps active by showing them how working out can be fun!
August 16 Disco Dayz Kanata Leisure Centre Regular Operating Hours Drop in Fee or Membership Join the Kanata Leisure Centre Team for a Disco filled day. Jive to 70’s music or sport your favorite style in a fit-tastic way!
September 9 Fall Community Festival Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre  10 am to 3 pm Free

Come join the fun at our Fall Community Festival! There will be food, games, and an outdoor fitness class. It’s a great opportunity to mingle and meet new people, as well as learn about services and businesses in the area!

October 22 Zombie Run Ray Friel Recreation Complex 1 to 6 pm Drop in Fee or Membership This team relay will keep your blood pumping as you make a dash for safety. Teams are to complete a 42km segment in this zombie infested course before time runs out.
November 10 50's Day Kanata Leisure Centre Regular Operating Hours Drop in Fee or Membership Join the Kanata Leisure Centre Team in supporting the 50’s, all are welcome to come in your 50’s wear… be it your hair or your flare? Enjoy 50’s music all day long!
December 23 Reindeer Run Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven 9:05 to 10:05 am Drop in Fee or Membership Join this Christmas inspired indoor cycling ride.  Carrots and Antlers required!

150th Birthday Swim

Jump in and Swim! Participate in the 150th Birthday Swim by swimming 150m at your favourite city swimming pool and share your achievements with us using #150BirthdaySwim and #OttawaFit150.

After you’ve completed the swim you will receive a certificate and your name on the Birthday Swim Wall of Fame.

Events at City Hall

A people place for all seasons! Ottawa City Hall is home to the Sens Rink of Dreams, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, and Barbara Ann Scott Museum. It is also a venue for many community events and festivals, regular weekly programs, and special events.

Regular weekly programming

Circus Jam

  • Tuesdays, July 4 to August 29 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Courtyard

*In case of rain the event will be held in Jean Pigott Hall​

Open and free to all who are interested in the flow arts (bring your poi, hooping, juggling, slack line, partner-acro, fire dancing, to name a few), the jams are an opportunity for people to practice with music and light up with fire. Anyone can come out and practice, share and meet others with similar interests. Kids are welcome but must be supervised. Please contact the Ottawa Circus School for more information.

Indigenous Walks

  • June 8, July 6, August 10 and September 7 from 12 to 1 pm

Walks start from the Laurier St entrance of Ottawa City Hall at the Algonquin/Anishinabe commemorative plaque. Join us for a free guided walk and talk through the Nation's Capital as we explore social, political, cultural and artistic spaces from an Indigenous perspective.

Salsa @ City Hall

  • Wednesdays, July 5 to August 30 from 6 to 11 pm
  • Marion Dewar Plaza
  • July 5, 12, 19 and August 2 will be held in Jean Pigott Hall

*In case of rain the event will be held in Jean Pigott Hall

Hosted by Azucar! Latin Dance Company and Salsa-Force, Salsa @ City Hall is a weekly Latin dance social held Wednesdays at Marion Dewar Plaza. This event is for people of all ages and includes an introductory class each week into one of the many forms of Latin dance. Come and join the summer salsa scene!

Salsa Babies™ Latin Beat for Tiny Feet!

  • Tuesdays, July 4 to August 29 from 10:30 - 12:00 pm
  • Jean Pigott Hall

Dance and move with the best little partner of all – your baby! With little ones snuggled in to baby carriers, Salsa Babies™ offers a great workout, a chance to socialize and an opportunity to introduce one’s child to music and movement. Classes are appropriate for babies 6-8 weeks of age and up.

Salsa Tots™ Latin Groove for Kids on the Move!

  • Tuesdays, July 4 to August 29 from 10 - 10:40 am
  • Jean Pigott Hall

Designed for children 18 months to 5 years, who have outgrown the carrier and are ready to dance on their own two feet! Featuring original latin music, Salsa Tots™ combines movement and play with lively rhythms that parents and kids can both enjoy!

Taoist Tai Chi®

  • Wednesdays, July 5 to August 23 from 12 to 1 pm
  • Marion Dewar Plaza Stage

*In case of rain the event will be held in Jean Pigott Hall

Join us for free beginner classes. The regular practice of Taoist Tai Chi® class promotes health and relieves stress.

Urban Poling Nordic Walking with Nina LePage

  • June 20, July 11, August 22 and September 12 from 12 to 1 pm
  • Marion Dewar Plaza Stage

Everyone is welcome to try a free Urban Poling nordic walking workshop (loaner poles will be provided). Nina LePage will present the technique on how to benefit from walking with these unique poles. You will be using 90% of your muscles in this full body workout which helps to burn up to 40% more calories. Your upper body is strengthened including the arms, back and the core. Your posture and balance will improve and you will feel energized. If you love the outdoors then this is the sport for you!

Hatha Yoga – Rama Lotus Yoga Centre

  • Tuesdays, July 4 to August 29 from 12 to 1 pm
  • Lisgar Field

*In case of rain the event will be held in Jean Pigott Hall

The instructors from Rama Lotus Yoga Centre will lead a yoga class on Tuesdays this summer, which is open to all levels. Working to support you in finding peace within, while developing and maintaining a strong and flexible body and mind. Some yoga mats will be available, bring your own if possible.

Special Events

Zumba with Jorge

  • Fridays, July 21 to August 25 from 12:05 to 12:55 pm
  • Parliament Hill

It’s fun, healthy, and a full body workout without the gym! Join Jorge on Thursdays this summer at Parliament Hill to make fitness fun again! Jorge has made fitness fun again by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for a calorie burning dance fitness party.

Archaeology Exhibit

  • Jean Pigott Place

Produced by the City of Ottawa’s Museums and Heritage Programs Unit in partnership with the Cultural Education Centre at Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, the exhibit presents pre-contact and historical archaeology related to Ottawa and surrounding areas. Archaeological treasures from the City of Ottawa Museums archaeology collection, as well as many artefacts uncovered and preserved during the LeBreton Flats redevelopment project, will be showcased. They will paint a picture of the city's history and tell the stories of those who came before us.

Big band dances

Swing the night away

Big Band Dances

 Enjoy the sounds of Ottawa’s best Big Bands at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (Lakeside Gardens), Britannia Park.

Enjoy the sounds of Ottawa’s best big bands at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, in Britannia Park. No dance experience necessary; singles and couples welcome! Dress is casual, but if you are celebrating a special event, black tie is optional! We have lots of room for dancing plus we are wheel chair accessible.

Doors open at 6:30 pm with the band playing from 7 to 11 pm.

Reasonably priced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages by the Newport Restaurant, cash only please. Keep up your energy for dancing with a light buffet of sandwiches, fruit platters, dessert squares, tea and coffee halfway through the evening.

2017 Dances

  • October 12 - Harvest Moon featuring, The Monterey Swing Band (Barcode: 1107842)
    • Dinner and dance: $45.50 (Barcode: 1107847)
  • December 7 - Yuletide Ball featuring The Pharaohs (Barcode: 1107854)

Admission

  • $20 per person in advance
  • $24 per person at the door

Location

Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre 

Want to learn or brush up on your ballroom dancing skills or purchase tickets online? Recreation Guide.

Sponsored by

Riverpark Place & Stillwater Creek Retirement Residences, Biagio's Italian Kitchen, Baja Burger Shack, Newport Restaurant, The Musicians' Association of Ottawa-Gatineau, The Lakeside Players, Ottawa Valley Tours, and Fifty Five Plus Magazine.

Birthday party packages

Skip the work and plan your next birthday party with the City of Ottawa. Our recreation facilities offer a fun, safe and affordable place to party with friends and family. Private rooms, well equipped kitchens, and at some locations even event coordinators are available. All your birthday parties can be simple and stress free. Contact your neighbourhood recreation centre for more information.

Party in our pool

Splish! Splash! Under the watchful eye of well trained lifeguards, our indoor swimming and wave pools offer group rates for the perfect spot to host a birthday party. Select pools have rooms to rent to complete the party with your snacks and cake. Contact your neighbourhood pool for more information.

Party on the ice

Slip on your skates for a private rental or join a public skating session! After enjoying your ice activity, rent a room at select arenas to serve your hot chocolate and cake. To book ice time contact our City Wide Allocations staff.

Specialized parties

Many recreation facilities offer themed or specialized parties to make your child’s birthday a special one! Qualified staff will customize games, sports and crafts for a perfect celebration! Our Arts Centres offer creative workshops such as multi-media, drama, jazz dance, pottery and even clowning! Contact the facilities below for more information.

Fisher Park Community Centre

Goulbourn Recreation Complex

Nepean Sportsplex

Ray Friel Recreation Complex

Walter Baker Sports Centre

Christmas craft show

Find unique one-of-a-kind items at the Christmas Craft Show, featuring over 140 talented artisans, artists and designers and their creations including clothing, jewellery, gourmet food and Christmas decorations. 

November 2 to 5, 2017

Information: sportsplexchristmascraftshow@ottawa.ca
613-580-2424 ext. 41238
Nepean Sportsplex
1701 Woodroffe Avenue

Show hours

  • Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm - 2 for 1 admission
  • Friday: 10 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm

FREE Parking! 

Admission

  • Adults: $5
  • Seniors and Youth: $3
  • Children (under 12): Free
  • 2 for 1 admission Thursday 10 am to 8 pm

New Applicants

Please complete the application form for the 2017 Christmas Craft Show.  Deadline for receiving new artisan applications is March 31, 2017. For information, send a request to sportsplexchristmascraftshow@ottawa.ca.