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Urban Camping 2017

Ottawa's Urban Camping: June 29 to July 4, 2017

Ottawa welcomes the world to the Nation’s Capital for the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday.  Be part of the red and white party for your unforgettable Canada Day experience!

In order to create extra accommodation space to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the 2017 Canada Day festivities, Ottawa City Council has created a unique urban camping experience in select City parking lots and green spaces for tents and RVs as a family-friendly option for accommodations.

Urban Camping is a unique way to explore Ottawa. Pitch your tent in one of our grassy camp sites and head into the nearby recreation centre to cool off in the wave pool.  Watch Canada Day fireworks from the door of your RV. With many sites to choose from, you’re sure to find something that suits your interests.

Most of our sites are located in close proximity to City recreation facilities. Campers at those locations will have access to showers and toilets and, for a small extra fee, can access weight room, pool and gym amenities.

Terms and Conditions

The City of Ottawa wants to ensure that Urban Camping is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone: campers of all ages as well as residents living close by. All campers must review and abide by the Terms and Conditions for Urban Camping. In particular, you should be aware that:

  • Campers are expected to behave in a manner that is respectful and non-disruptive;
  • Propane BBQs are permitted, however charcoal BBQs, open fires and fireworks are not;
  • Visitors welcome from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.

What to bring

In addition to your luggage and camping gear, folding chairs or tables are recommended. Campers should be aware that urban camp sites do not include tables or seating. Some sites may have lighting in the evening but tent campers should bring flashlights to light their way from the parking lot to their site. All park lights are turned off at 11 p.m., with the exception of security lighting.

Tent sites are all located within walking distance of the parking lot, however we recommend that you travel light and favour backpacks over rolling suitcases.

Camping Packages

There are two types of urban camping packages available:

Voyageur Package (5 night stay)

Arrive on Thursday, June 29 and enjoy five nights of fireworks, festivities and fun before departing on Tuesday July 4. With festivities planned throughout the Ottawa valley, there is plenty to keep you busy!

Portage Package (3 night stay)

The Portage package is a shorter stay centred on the Canada Day weekend. Arrive on Friday June 30, just in time for the biggest party in Canada, and enjoy three amazing nights before departing on Monday July 3. Will you head home after your portage, or keep the adventure going? Up to you!

Transportation

All campgrounds are located near City of Ottawa bus routes (OC Transpo). 

Fees (includes HST)

  Package Price 
Tent Voyageur (5 night) $339
Portage (3 night) $220.50
Regular RV Voyageur (5 night) $847.50
Portage (3 night) $542.50
Long RV Voyageur (5 night) $1, 130
Portage (3 night) $712

Registration

Registration runs from March 1 until June 15, 2017 for Voyageur and Portage Packages. 

Details about each camping area can be found in the map and table below. Click on a location in the map to find out more or compare locations using the table.  To register, select the "Registration" link. Your payment in full and acceptance of the terms and conditions of Urban Camping is all you need. Bring a copy of your receipt when you arrive at the camp site. 

Accessibility

A number of fully accessible RV sites are available, primarily at the Nepean Sportsplex and Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex. If you have mobility or other accessibility requirements, please identify them to us when you register. City staff will contact you to discuss how we can best accommodate your needs. Due to the locations of the camping areas, not all tent sites are accessible.

Refund Policy

Partial refunds of the registration fee (50% minus a $15 administration fee) will be issued until April 30, 2017, only.  No refunds will be issued after April 30, 2017.     

RV Camping site details

  • All RV camping sites are for one RV or one trailer/vehicle combo.
  • Each site can accommodate eight people in the RV/trailer. 
  • No sleeping tents allowed.  
  • Recreational vehicle fees are based on the length of the vehicle, with the higher fee charged to vehicles over 33 feet in length.
  • Sites are assigned upon arrival. If you wish to camp beside another person, you MUST arrive together (no saving spots).
  • There are two dimensions of regular RV sites
    • 25 feet x 33 feet; and
    • 17 feet x 51 feet
  • Long RV sites are approximately 17 feet x 68 feet.
  • Passenger vehicles must be detached from the towed unit if the two together exceed the length of the assigned site.
  • Each RV must be parked as instructed by the City of Ottawa representatives.
  • Campers must respect the boundaries of the site assigned to them in order to avoid obstructing roads and pathways. The RV or trailer/vehicle and any equipment must stay within the site boundaries.
  • Generators may be used only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • There are no electrical hook-ups.

 Tent Camping Site details

  • Tent site packages include registration for one vehicle and up to six people per site.
  • Sites are assigned upon arrival.
  • If you wish to camp beside another person, you MUST arrive together (no saving spots). 
  • Tent camping sites are 25 feet X 25 feet, plus a parking space for one (1) passenger vehicle (i.e. cars, pickup trucks and SUVs) in an onsite parking lot.
  • Only vehicles assigned an Urban Camping parking permit may enter the campsite.
  • If you require more than 25 feet X 25 feet, or wish to bring more than one passenger vehicle, you must register for an additional site.
  • Campers must respect the boundaries of the site assigned to them in order to avoid obstructing roads and pathways. Tents and any equipment must not protrude beyond the site boundaries.
  • There are no electrical hook-ups.

Any change in site must be approved by the City of Ottawa representative.

 Inquiries may be sent to: 2017urbancamping@ottawa.ca.

Urban Camping locations

Click on a campsite location in the map to find out more or to register

Urban Camping - Full Terms and Conditions

Refunds

Partial refunds of the registration fee (50% minus a $15 administration fee) will be issued to the Registrant until April 30, 2017, only.  No refunds will be issued after April 30, 2017.     

The City reserves the right to close individual camping locations due to lack of registration. In the event that a location is closed, Campers registered at that location will be given the opportunity to relocate to another camping location, or to receive a full refund.

Code of Conduct

The Campers hereby agree:

  • To comply with the Terms and Conditions for Urban Camping as well as all applicable City of Ottawa by-laws, policies and procedures during the use of City facilities, including but not limited to by-laws that prohibit smoking and the discharge of firearms, the Noise By-Law, the Open Air Fire By-Law, and the Parks By-Law.
  • To behave respectfully and appropriately towards City Staff and other Campers during their stay

Non-compliance with either of the above requirements may result in cancellation of the registration and may result in the immediate removal of all or some of the Campers from City property, without prior notice or compensation.

Alcohol (Liquor)

Consumption of alcohol is permitted within the bounds of your own camp site, at the discretion of the Registrant. Alcohol may not be consumed in common areas or City facilities.

The Registrant

The Registrant must be at least 18 years of age.

The Registrant cannot transfer or assign their spot to another individual without prior authorization in writing from the City of Ottawa.

It is the Registrant’s responsibility to ensure that all members of his or her party are aware of and abide by these Terms and Conditions.

Permission to use City of Ottawa facilities/premises in no way constitutes approval to engage in any unlawful activity or conduct in a manner that would violate any Federal or Provincial laws or Municipal By-laws. 

Check in and Check out

Check in time is after 10 am on the day of arrival

Check out time is before noon on the day of departure

The Registrant must be physically present at check-in and check-out. During their stay, the Registrant must provide a copy of their registration receipt if asked by a City of Ottawa representative. 

Campers must vacate the premises and remove all personal belongings at the end of the camping period. City facilities and property must be returned to their original condition at the end of the camping period.

The Registrant must ensure that all garbage and recyclable materials are disposed of in designated containers on site.  Tent campers must dispose of grey water in the central containers provided.

RV grey and black water must be disposed of safely at designated off-site waste dumping stations.

Facilities

The Campers must use City of Ottawa facilities/premises, equipment and furnishings provided (such as washroom facilities) in a manner consistent with their intended use. No person shall damage or deface City of Ottawa property, equipment or furnishings.

Only areas identified in the registration package, or by a City of Ottawa representative, are to be used by the Campers.   Campers must ensure that all of their personal belongings and property are contained within their vehicle or within the bounds of their designated camping site. 

All Campers must keep noise and lighting to a minimum between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

All park lights are turned off at 11 p.m., with the exception of security lighting. Generators may be used only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Access

Entry into the RV and camping area will be controlled by security and is restricted to the Registrant and members of his or her party who have a valid 2017 Urban Camping wristband.

Visitors are welcome between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. and may be required to check-in at the entrance and provide identification.

The City of Ottawa is not responsible for the security of the Campers’ property, including loss or theft. All Campers should ensure that vehicles are locked and that property is secured at all times against unauthorized use, theft or loss.

Use of BBQs and Open Air Fires

Only Gas BBQs are permitted, provided that they are set up a minimum of five metres away from any structure.  Charcoal BBQs are not permitted.

Open air fires, outdoor fireplaces and fireworks are not permitted.

Pets

Service animals are permitted but pets are not allowed.

Parking

Only vehicles with a prominently displayed parking pass may park at designated RV and Tent Camping areas

Vehicles and trailers are not allowed on tent camping sites.

Incident Reporting

In the event of an emergency, Campers should:   

  • Call 9-1-1; and
  • Immediately advise an onsite City of Ottawa representative. 

Damage to City or Third Parties & Indemnification

The Registrant and Campers agree that they are responsible for any injuries to third parties or damages caused to the City’s property or third party property during the use of City facilities. 

The Registrant and Campers,  their respective  heirs, executors and administrators agree to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Ottawa, its employees, contractors and agents from all claims, demands, actions or causes of action, for  loss, costs or damages that the City of Ottawa may suffer, incur or be liable for in relation to any injury or damages that the Registrant or a  Camper may suffer or cause to others in connection with his/her negligence or actions, or that of others in their party, while using the City’s facilities.  

Insurance & Investigation

As a condition of registration, the Registrant and any Camper bringing a vehicle to the camping area agree to obtain and maintain valid automobile liability insurance in connection to the motor vehicle that will be used for camping purposes on the City Facility during the permitted period. 

Notification to Insurer & Investigation

The Registrant and any Camper owning a vehicle brought to the camping area  agree that all damages caused by the use or operation of any motor vehicle while at the City’s facilities will be referred to the owner’s  insurer for investigation and restitution.  The City may also take such other action as may be deemed necessary in the circumstances to investigate any claim for damages, injuries or costs incurred by the City of Ottawa resulting from the use of the facility/premises by the Registrant or any Camper.

Acknowledgement

The Registrant acknowledges having carefully read, understood and agreed to the above Terms and Conditions.

The City of Ottawa reserves the right to require the Registrant to sign a printed copy of these Terms and Conditions and to complete and sign additional documentation related to the camping activity.

Successful registration* for the 2017 Urban Camping event provides the Registrant and members of his or her party (collectively referred to as “the Campers”) with the General Manager’s permission, under Section 7(1) of the Parks and Facilities By-law (2004-276, as amended), to camp in the facilities and remain on-site during the camping period beyond the posted closing time, subject to the Terms and Conditions outlined below.  The 2017 camping period is either from June 29 to July 4 (the Voyageur Package) or from June 30 to July 3 (the Portage Package), as set out in the Registrant’s rental receipt.

* Successful registration means that the Registrant has made payment in full and has accepted the Terms and Conditions for Urban Camping, online.

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

  • February 9 - Love is in the Air featuring, The Starlighters (Barcode: 1065119 )
  • Dinner and dance: $45.50 (Barcode: 1065120)
  • June 8 - Carribbean Carnival featuring The Grey Jazz Band (Barcode: 1076422)
  • July 13 - Sounds of Summer featuring The Pharohs (Barcode: 1076423)

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.