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Recreation and leisure for older adults

Seniors centres

City-operated seniors centres

Community-operated senior centres

English senior centres

Facility Phone
Abbotsford Senior Centre  613-230-5730
 Gloucester Senior Adults’ Centre  613-749-1974
 Gloucester South Seniors Centre  613-822-0020
 The Good Companions  613-236-0428
 Roy G. Hobbs Seniors Centre  613-841-8664

French senior centres

Facility Phone
Centre de services Guigues 613-241-1266
Centre Séraphin-Marion d'Orléans 613-830-6436
Centre Pauline Charron (Vanier) 613-741-0562
Le Patro d'Ottawa 613-789-7733
Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d'Ottawa  613-834-6808
Roy G. Hobbs Seniors Centre 613-841-8664

Active Living Club 50+ for outdoor recreation

The Active Living Club (ALC) is designed for adults 50+ who want to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, healthy and fun environment. Take part in hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing programs throughout the year in and around Ottawa and Gatineau.

Register for individual activities or for one all-inclusive annual membership for just $158.25.

Seniors over 65 receive a 10% discount on both the membership and the individual activities listed below.

For more information about ALC, contact City Wide Sports at 613-580-2854 (press 1, then 5).

Membership

Sign up for an all-inclusive ALC membership at these City of Ottawa Facilities for just $158.25. Please make sure to obtain your Active Living Club membership card with expiry date sticker from the Customer Service Representative. Furthermore, you will need to contact City Wide Sports at cws-psm@ottawa or 613-580-2854 in order to obtain your Trail Directory and Activities Calendar.

Snowshoeing

Get out and get active on the trails around Ottawa and Gatineau.  Monday snowshoe outings are Level 2 (2 hours with some hills or uneven terrain) and Friday snowshoe outings are Level 1 (1 1/2 hours mostly on level terrain). All snowshoe outings are lead by competent guides. A calendar of locations for showshoeing will be provided upon registration. Showshoe outings run in the winter session on Mondays and Fridays from 10 am to noon. To register for the upcoming session, please use the following information:

Snowshoeing Program
Session Start/End Dates Cost Barcode
Winter 2017 January 2 to March 2, 2017 $47 1058270 

Snowshoeing Locations:  A Trail Directory containing driving directions to the starting points of each hike will be provided to you upon registration.

Cross Country Skiing

Get out and get active on the trails around Ottawa and Gatineau.  Tuesday cross country skiing outings are Level 1 (1 1/2 hours mostly on level terrain) and Thursday cross country skiing outings are Level 2 (2 hours with some hills or uneven terrain). All cross country skiing outings are lead by competent guides. A calendar of locations for cross country skiing will be provided upon registration. These outings run in the winter session on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to noon. To register for the upcoming session, please use the following information:

Cross Country Skiing Program
Session Start/End Dates Cost Barcode
Winter 2017 January 3 to March 2, 2017 $47 1058344 

Cross Country Skiing Locations:  A Trail Directory containing driving directions to the starting points of each hike will be provided to you upon registration.

Try-It ALC

Free trial memberships! See what we are all about before committing to the program.

Try - It ALC
Session Start/End Dates Cost Barcode
Winter 2017 January 2 to 6, 2017 $0 1058394

 Activity Calendars and Trail Directory can be received through cws-psm@ottawa.ca after registration.

Food for Thought - Restaurant Club for Adults 50+

Food for Thought is a fabulous opportunity for adults 50+ to experience Ottawa restaurants, meet new people and enjoy thought evoking presentations on current topics.

Older adults can participate in 17 luncheons offered in 2017.  Lunch and speakers are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Thursday at restaurants located throughout the City. Restaurants recently visited include the Rose Bowl, International Restaurant Algonquin, and Stone Face Dollys. Past presenters include: local authors Denise Chong, Jennifer Kingsley, and historian David Jeanes.

Each restaurant showcases its menu specialties by preparing 2 or 3 lunch choices. Lunch includes soup, entre, dessert and tea or coffee. The average luncheon menu is priced from $25 to $35 (taxes and gratuities included) and is paid to the restaurant.

The club runs from January to November; there are no luncheons in July, August or December.   Each diner pays an annual membership fee plus the cost of their lunch.  Members are provided a list of restaurants and speakers on a monthly basis. Presentations are in English only.

2017 memberships can be purchased using barcode 1048705 in person at any City of Ottawa recreation facility including Churchill Senior’s Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa. 

Membership fees:

Ages 50 to 64:      $46
Ages 65 and up:    $41.50

Membership fees are prorated after June 15, 2017. 

For more information call 613-798-8125 or 613-798-8927  or email us at: foodforthought50+@ottawa.ca

Heart Wise Exercise program

Heart Wise logo

What is the Heart Wise Exercise program

  • The program consists of physical activity courses or activities that have low to moderate levels of intensity, and encourages participants to exercise at an appropriate level
  • Heart Wise Exercise programs meet stringent cardiac fitness program requirements identified by the Physical Activity Network Committee

To be Heart Wise Exercise certified programs must:

  • Encourage regular, daily aerobic exercise
  • Encourages and incorporates warm up, cool down and self-monitoring with all exercise sessions
  • Allow participants to exercise at a safe level, and have progressive options to increase intensity if appropriate
  • Accept participants with a known history of cardiac disease – physician approval may be required
  • Provide health screening for all participants
  • Have an emergency plan that is documented and known to all exercise leaders, including the requirement of current CPR certification, phone access to EMS and presence of an AED

Who should take part

  • People who are concerned about their heart health and who want to participate in regular fitness programs
  • Also offered to people without heart-related problems

What is required to participate

  • All participants should receive medical approval from their physician before they start the fitness program.
  • Participants are strongly recommended to follow the exercise prescription outlined by a physician

Where can I find or take a program

  • Look for the Heart Wise Exercise logo in the listing of fitness activities and programs in the Recreation Guide
  • Programs can be found in youth, special needs, seniors and the fitness and wellness sections
  • Additional Heart Wise Exercise programs are identified online with the Heart Wise Exercise logo
  • Read program description to see if the program is appropriate for you

Contact information

The Heart Wise Exercise program is offered in partnership by the City of Ottawa, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and other community agencies.

Heart Wise Exercise locations - Central

Heart Wise Exercise locations - West

Heart Wise Exercise locations - South

Heart Wise Exercise locations - East

Older adult recreation guide

Registration

Spring-Summer 2017 programs

Registration for Aquatics and Aquafitness begins:

  • Online/Touch Tone: 9 pm on March 6
  • In person: March 7 during business hours

Registration for other programs begins:

  • Online/Touch Tone: 9 pm on March 8
  • In person: March 9 during business hours

Recreation eGuides 

Spring-Summer 2017 

50+ Adults [ PDF - 1.98 MB ]

Winter 2017

50+ Adults [ PDF - 1.93 MB ]

Printed guides

As part of the City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan residents can pick up a printed copy of the Older Adult Activity Guide. The Spring-Summer guide are now available at Churchill, Heron, Kanata and Nepean senior centres as well as recreation centres, client service centres, and libraries, listed below. 

Facility locations:

  • Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre
  • Alexander Community Centre
  • Beacon Hill North 
  • Bellevue Community Centre
  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex
  • Brewer Pool
  • Canterbury Community Centre
  • Carleton Heights Community Centre
  • Champagne Pool
  • Churchill Seniors Centre
  • Cyrville Community Centre
  • Dempsey Community Centre
  • Eva James Community Centre
  • Fisher Park
  • Foster Farm Community Centre
  • Glebe Community Centre
  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex
  • Greenboro Community Centre
  • Heron Road Community Centre
  • Hintonburg Community Centre
  • Hunt Club - Riverside Park Community Centre
  • Jack Purcell Community Centre
  • Jim Durrell Recreation Centre
  • Kanata Leisure Centre
  • Kanata Recreation Complex
  • Kanata Senior Centre
  • McNabb Recreation Centre
  • Michele Heights Community Centre
  • Nepean Seniors Centre 
  • Nepean Sportsplex
  • Old Town Hall Community Centre
  • Osgoode / Rideau
  • Overbrook Community Centre
  • Pinecrest Recreation Complex
  • Plant Recreation Centre
  • Ray Friel Recreation Complex
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex
  • Richleau Vanier Community Centre
  • Rideauview  Community Centre
  • Rockcliffe Park
  • Ron Kolbus Lakeside
  • Routhier Community Centre
  • Sandy Hill Community Centre
  • Sawmill Creek Pool
  • South Fallingbrook Community Centre
  • Splash Wave Pool 
  • St-Laurent Complex 
  • Terry Fox Athletic Facility
  • Walter Baker Sports Complex

Client service centre locations:

  • Ben Franklin Place  (101 Centrepointe Dr.)
  • City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
  • Kanata (580 Terry Fox Dr.)
  • Metcalfe (8243 Victoria St.)
  • North Gower (2155 Roger Stevens Dr.)
  • Orleans (255 Centrum Blvd.)

Step with confidence

As easy as 1-2-3!

The Step with Confidence Program Series answers the questions: where do I start, which program or class is right for me and where do I go next?

Programs and classes are sorted into 3 steps or “levels” that progressively increase in intensity, resistance and cardiovascular requirements.

These steps offer something suitable for every level of adults 50+!

STEP 1

These programs and classes are offered at a lesser intensity

  • Strength and Balance 50+ Lite/Gentle
  • Stretch and Strength 50+ Lite/Gentle
  • Stretch 50+
  • Cardio and Strength (Older Adult)
  • Aqua-Lite

STEP 2

These programs and classes offer a variety of lower intensity to moderate intensity challenges

  • Balance and Stability 50+ (Heartwise)
  • Stretch and Strength 50+ (Heartwise)
  • Strength Traning 50+ (small group)
  • Stretch and Strength 50+
  • Cardio and Strength 50+ (Heartwise)
  • Cardio (OA - Lite)
  • Yoga (OA - Lite)
  • Pilates (OA - Lite)

STEP 3

These programs are not considered for beginners but those looking to improve their existing level of fitness

  • Low Impact 50+ (Heartwise)
  • Pilates 50+
  • Nordic Walking 50+
  • Yoga 50+
  • Party On 50+
  • Total Muscle Conditioning (TMC) 50+
  • Zumba Gold

Seniors clubs and groups

Seniors clubs and groups

Organization Name

Contact Name(s)

Phone Number(s)

632 Seniors Club

Lois Ruthven

613-835-2755

632 Seniors Club

Darquise Lalonde

613-834-3407

Active Living Club

Peter Spiess

613-580-2854, press 1, then press 5

Age d'or St-Laurent

Aurore Laniel

613-822-2514

Ashton Seniors Club

John Gill

613-257-1326

Barrhaven Seniors' Council 

Don Winchester 

613-440-3620 

Blossom Park 50 Plus

Dorothy Deschambault

613-521-5749

Blossom Park Seniors Club

Richard Darbyshire

613-737-0858

Carp Seniors

Margaret Gibson

613-832-0981

C.O.S.C.A. Overbrook Senior Association / Association des Aînées

Office

613-742-5147

Centre Séraphin-Marion d'Orléans

 

613-830-6436

Centre Francophone de Vanier

 

613-746-0611

Centre Pauline Charron (Club 60)

Léo Lavergne

613-741-0562

Club d'âge d'or Colombien de Vanier

Maurice Gignac

613-745-7849

Club d'âge d'or Marie-Médiatrice

Louise Régnier

613-741-9159

Club Optimiste Vanier

Maurice Lamirande

613-748-7827

Club Pétanque de Sarsfield

Fernand Leduc

613-835-2930

Constance & Buchman's Bay Community Assoc.

Len Russell

613-832-4694

Crystal Beach/Lakeview Friendship Club 

Judy Leeson 

613-829-1083

Cumberland Township Pioneers

Edith Nolan

613-487-2345

Fédération des aînées et des retraités francophones de l'Ontario

Michele Guay, Directrice generale

613-747-0469

Fitzroy Harbour Seniors Club

Connie Reitsma

613-623-4170

Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre

Mari Wellman

Gloucester Senior Adults' Centre

Sharon Oatway

613-749-1974

Gloucester South Seniors Centre

Robert Cameron

613-822-0020

Greely Friendship Club

Kay Johnston

613-821-2666

Heron Road Seniors Centre

 

613-247-4802

Home Maintenance Program

Community Resource Centre

613-591-3686

Huntley Friendship Club

Frank Walsh

613-839-3063

Jock River Seniors

Audrey

613-838-5304

Kanata Heritage Club

Alfred Moore

613-591-9515

Kanata Seniors' Centre

 

613-599-4480

Kanata Seniors Council

Sarah Trant 

613-254-7164

Kanata Seniors Lunch Program

Community Resource Centre

613-591-3686

Kinburn and District Senior Citizens

Jack Shaw

613-839-5326

Les Feuilles d'autumne

Janine Boisvert

613-833-2744

Merivale Seniors

Joan Kidd, President

613-591-6255

Mouvement d`implication francophone d`Orléans - MIFO

Mélanie Gatt, Coordonnatrice

613-830-6436 x218

New Horizon

Earl Burnett

613-825-3088

North Gower Walking Group - "Happy Hoffers"

Keith Ramsay

613-489-3839

Orleans Legion 632 Seniors Club

Irene Dodd

613-824-3497

Ottawa Public Education Retiree's Association O.P.E.R.A.

Peter Norman, President

613-592-2816

Pioneers Seniors Club

John Chiviendacz

613-833-2275

Probus Club of Western Ottawa

Peter Doyle

N/A

Punjabi Seniors Group

Charanjit Wadehra

613-592-2431

Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa

Julie Lizotte

613-834-6808

Retraite en Action 

Anne-Marie Laurendeau 

613-860-1099 # 1 

Richmond Golden Age Club

Hilda Moore

613-838-2274

Roy Hobbs Seniors Club

Yves Valois

613-824-0309

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 593 Seniors Club

 

613-829-5417

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #638

 

613-591-5570

Sand Hills Seniors Club

Frances Gentile

613-832-1588

Seniors Euchre (Constance Bay)

Al Baskin

613-832-1190

Senior Games

Bill Duncan

613-832-4516

Stittsville 55 Club

Joan David

613-836-7489

Stittsville Friendship Club

 

613-831-8819

Top Generation Club

John Saunders

613-487-2474

Vernon Friendship Club

Daisy Robinson, President

613-821-2539

West Carleton Country Knitters

Eleanor Reynaud

613-839-5403 

Older Adult Email Distribution List

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Ottawa Public Library

Program listing

From storytime to knitting, business to crafts and even eReader and computer basics support sessions, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) offers lots of activities for the members of your family at its 33 branches.  

View Ottawa Public Library programs offered in French. 

Attending a program 

Programs are free to attend but most require online registration. Each person must register with their own Library card number. Don’t have a Library card? Some programs don’t require registration, please just drop in!

Special needs

Should you or your child require special needs assistance, contact the Accessibility Services to make arrangements before the program starts. 

Early literacy programs

Most branches offer one or multiple of OPL’s early literacy programs:

  • Babytime (0-17 months)
  • Toddlertime (18-35 months)
  • Storytime (3-6 years)
  • Family Storytime (All ages)
  • Evening Storytime (All ages)

They are all based on the Every Child Ready to Read approach that is used in public library systems across North America and was developed by the American Library Association to help parents and caregivers, learn about activities that will get children ready to read.

Teen Programs and Advisory Groups

Search the program listing by audience for a listing of teen programs. From book clubs to homework clubs, mocktails to animé, they’re yours to discover! 

OPL relies on the expertise of youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to better serve local teens. Teens volunteers to take part in their local Teen Advisory Group to actively participate in choosing, planning, implementing and promoting Library offerings to teens all over the city. And they have fun doing it!

Adult programs

Whether you’re interested in chatting about your latest read, or want to learn about your family tree, OPL offers programs for fun and learning. New to computers? We’ll teach you the basics! Need to get your knit fix? Come on by! We also have programs specifically for adults 50+. Got an eReader and need assistance to use it?

Join Ottawa - search for programs by facility

Prefer to search for activities by recreation facility? JOINOttawa is an accessible format for recreation and culture course information.

Browse and Register for all recreation and culture classes, activities and programs.

Partners and community organizations

Neighbourhood recreation partners and community organizations also offer a variety of recreation programs and services.

Registration dates and procedures are different from City programs. Contact the facilities directly for more information.

You can also list or update information on your community organization.

Neighbourhood recreation partners:

Better Strength, Better Balance! Exercise Program

Woman holding hand weights

Better Strength, Better Balance! is a fall prevention exercise and education program for people aged 65+. It is funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) through Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, and is a collaborative effort between Ottawa Public Health and Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services.

This is a beginner level program for those wishing to improve their strength and balance. Strong muscles, strong bones and better balance will make you more mobile and less likely to fall.

You are strong enough to participate safely if you can do ALL of the following:

  • stand on one foot for 2 seconds
  • stand for 20 minutes (e.g. in a grocery line)
  • walk one block (100 metres or 325 feet) without becoming out of breath and needing to sit down
  • walk up 10 stairs

Better Strength, Better Balance! classes are unsuitable for people who are very active.

Participants attend class twice a week for 12 weeks.

  • Classes are progressive, becoming increasingly difficult over the 12 weeks.
  • Participants practice exercises at home and review the provided health information related to preventing falls.
  • A variety of simple equipment is used, including bean bags, cones, stretch bands, and balls.

The program is offered in the winter, spring and fall

  • April 3 to June 23, 2017
  • September 18 to December 8, 2017

First time participants can register for the next available session at any time. Call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656).

Returning participants can register on or after these dates:

  • Fall 2017 registration begins August 22, 2017 starting at 8:30 am

To register or for more information please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656).

Learn more about staying active as you age.

Download a poster [ PDF - 278.72 KB ] and help promote the Better Strength, Better Balance Exercise Program in your community!

NEW
Better Strength, Better Balance! fall prevention exercise and education program now on Rogers TV 22.

  • Monday to Friday at 2:30 pm
  • Saturday at 8:30 am

Dates and times subject to change. Check the Rogers 22 program schedule for airing dates and times.

Schedule

Central

Location

Address

Start
Date

Day and Time

OC Transpo
Bus Routes

Alexander Community Centre
Main Hall/Gym

960 Silver St, Ottawa

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

 176

Alexander Community Centre
Main Hall/Gym

960 Silver St, Ottawa Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

176 

Fisher Heights Community Place 

 31 Sutton Place, Nepean Sept 20

Wednesday and Friday
1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

118 

Fisher Heights Community Place

 31 Sutton Place, Nepean Sept 20

Wednesday and Friday
2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

118 

McNabb Community Centre 
Fitness Studio

180 Percy St., Ottawa

Sept 18

Monday and Wednesday
11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

14, 85 

McNabb Community Centre 
Fitness Studio

180 Percy St., Ottawa

Sept 18

Monday and Wednesday
12:30 to 1:30 pm

 

Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre
Workshop 5 
(This class is presented in French)

300 Des Pères-Blancs, Ottawa

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
1 to 2 p.m.

 5

Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre
Workshop 5

300 Des Pères-Blancs, Ottawa

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
2 to 3 p.m.

 5

West

Location

Address

Start
Date

Day and Time

OCTranspo
Bus Routes

West Carleton Community Complex
Roly Armitage Hall

5670 Carp Rd, Kinburn

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

 

Kanata Recreation Complex, Program Room

100 Charlie Rogers Pl, Kanata

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
9 to 10 a.m.

118

Kanata Recreation Complex, Program Room

100 Charlie Rogers Pl, Kanata

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
10 to 11 a.m.

118

Michele Heights Community Centre, Gym

2955 Michele Dr, Ottawa

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
9 to 10 a.m.

85, 2, 97, 172

Michele Heights Community Centre, Gym

2955 Michele Dr, Ottawa

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

85, 2, 97, 172

Goulbourn Town Hall

2135 Huntley Rd, Stittsville

Sept 18

Monday and Wednesday
11 a.m. to noon

 

Richmond Arena, Upstairs

6095 Perth St., Richmond

Sept 18

Monday and Wednesday
1 to 2 p.m.

 

Richmond Arena, Upstairs

6095 Perth St., Richmond

Sept 18

Monday and Wednesday
2 to 3 p.m.

 

Carp Memorial Hall

3739 Carp Road

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

 

East

Location

Address

Start
Date

Day and Time

OCTranspo
Bus Routes

Blackburn Hamlet Community Hall

190 Glen Park Dr, Gloucester

Sept 18

Monday and Friday
2:20 to 3:20 p.m.

94, 128

Blackburn Hamlet Community Hall

190 Glen Park Dr, Gloucester

Sept 18

Monday and Friday
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

94, 128

Pat Clark Community Centre
(formerly Cyrville Community Centre)  

4355 Halmont Dr, Ottawa

Sept 18

Monday and Wednesday
11 a.m. to 12 noon

127, 129

Pat Clark Community Centre
(formerly Cyrville Community Centre)  

4355 Halmont Dr, Ottawa

Sept 18

Monday and Wednesday
12 noon to 1 p.m.

127, 129

Dempsey Community Centre, Room 1

1895 Russell Rd, Ottawa

Sept 18

Monday and Wednesday
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

86

Fred Barrett Arena, Hall

3280 Leitrim Rd, Gloucester

Sept 18

Monday and Wednesday
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

144

Navan Memorial Community Centre, Hall 

1295 Colonial Dr, Navan

Sept 18

Monday: 12 to 1 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to noon

 

R.J. Kennedy Memorial Community Centre,
Hall A & B 

1115 Dunning Rd, Cumberland

Sept 18

Monday and Friday
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

 

South Fallingbrook Community Centre Hall A
(This class is presented in French)

998 Valin St, Orleans

Sept 18

Monday and Friday
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

94, 122

South Fallingbrook Community Centre
Hall A

998 Valin St, Orleans

Sept 18

Monday and Friday
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

94, 122

Queenswood Heights Community Centre
(This class is presented in French)

1485 Duford Dr, Orleans

Sept 19

Tuesday and Friday
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

 

Queenswood Heights Community Centre

1485 Duford Dr, Orleans

Sept 19

Tuesday and Friday
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

South

Location

Address

Start
Date

Day and Time

OCTranspo
Bus Routes

Albion Heatherington Community Centre, Gym

1560 Heatherington Rd, Ottawa

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

8, 41 Express

Albion Heatherington Community Centre, Gym
(This class is presented in French)

1560 Heatherington Rd, Ottawa

Sept 18 Monday and Wednesday
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
8, 41 Express
Albion Heatherington Community Centre, Gym
 
1560 Heatherington Rd, Ottawa Sept 18 Monday and Wednesday
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
8, 41 Express

Chapman Mills Community Building, Main Hall

424 Chapman Mills Dr, Ottawa

Sept 18

Monday and Thursday
12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

99

Chapman Mills Community Building, Main Hall

424 Chapman Mills Dr, Ottawa

Sept 18

Monday and Thursday
2 to 3 p.m.

99

Greely Community Centre, Hall B

1448 Meadow Dr, Greely

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
2 to 3 p.m.

 

Rideauview Community Centre

4310 Shoreline Dr, Gloucester

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

99

Rideauview Community Centre

4310 Shoreline Dr, Gloucester

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

99

Sawmill Creek Pool and Community Centre

3380 D'Aoust Ave, Gloucester

Sept 19

Tuesday and Thursday
1 to 2 p.m.

40

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should register?

Better Strength, Better Balance! is available to older adults aged 65+. It is not appropriate for people who are extremely active, or for those who have a hard time walking or standing for long periods.  

How do I know if I am strong enough to participate safely?

You are likely strong enough if you can do ALL of the following:

  • stand on one foot for 2 seconds
  • stand for 20 minutes (e.g. in a grocery line)
  • walk one block (100 metres or 325 feet) without becoming out of breath and needing to sit down
  • walk up 10 stairs

I use a cane and occasionally use a walker. Can I register?

Call Ottawa Public Health to discuss your situation. You might not be strong enough to participate.

I rely on a walker/scooter/wheelchair most of the time to get around. Can I join the class?

It is not safe for you to participate in this program. Call Ottawa Public Health to find out about other programs that will better meet your needs.

I am very active, have always participated in sports, and regularly go to the gym. Will this class be too easy for me?

Yes. You will likely find that this class is not challenging enough. If you have problems with your balance, however, you should consider registering.

Attendance requirement

Why am I encouraged to attend at least 80% of the classes?

This is a progressive class to increase your strength and balance. Regular attendance will allow you to achieve the health benefits, and reduce your chance of falling. It is recommended that older adults participate in 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity every week, in addition to strength and balance activities.

Commitment is also important because this program is offered with limited public funds and there is a cancellation list for those who would like the opportunity to join.

I am going on holiday for three weeks. Can I still register?

As the classes are progressive, missing a block of time is not recommended. Consider joining the next session. The program is offered in the winter, spring and fall. 

I may be missing a class (or a few classes) because I am sick or have an appointment. Who do I call?

You do not need to call anyone if you are missing a class.

I am no longer able to participate in the program. Who do I call?

Call Ottawa Public Health to withdraw from the program.  

Age requirement

I am under 65 years old. Can I register?

This program is for adults 65 years or older the day the course begins.  

Registration process

What number do I call to register?

Call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.

Can I just show up and attend these classes, since there is no charge?

No. You must register to attend. Please do not show up for class unless you are registered. This is not a drop-in program. 

Can I register online for this program?

Online registration is not available for this program. The only way to register is by calling Ottawa Public Health.

I have taken this program before and want to take it again. Can I?

Yes, if you still need it. This is an entry level program. As your strength and balance improves, you are encouraged to eventually progress to other exercise programs for older adults, which will benefit you.

Please see the section “Other Physical Activity Options

I called and left a message with Ottawa Public Health after registration opened. Am I registered?

No. Someone will call you back within two or three business days to register you. This program is very popular, and phone lines are very busy during the first week of registration. If you leave a message, you will hear back from Ottawa Public Health. Please do not leave more than one message.

Should I visit my doctor before I go to my first class?

Complete the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR Q+). This self-assessment will direct you to your doctor if needed. The PAR Q+ is also mailed to you with your registration confirmation. There is no need to bring your completed PAR Q+ form to class.

What do I need to bring to class?

Bring a water bottle. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and non-marking soled running shoes.  

Program locations and transportation

Why is there no class near where I live?

This program has limited funding. Classes are located throughout the city, but unfortunately they are not available in every neighbourhood.

I have registered for a class, but do not know how to get there. Can you help? 

Most program locations are accessible by OC Transpo. Ottawa Public Health can tell you which bus stops closest to your class. If you require more detailed information about bus routes, call OC Transpo at Access OC Hotline at 613-842-3625 (TTY: 613-741-5280) or plan your trip using the OC Transpo Travel Planner.  

Other physical activity options

What are some other exercise programs for older adults in Ottawa?

There are many opportunities to be physically active in your neighbourhood. Programs are offered through the City of Ottawa, community centres and fitness centres.

For those who qualify, fee subsidies are available for some programs offered through the City of Ottawa.

If you are not strong enough to participate in the Better Strength, Better Balance! program, please call  Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit the Champlain Healthline website to explore safer options.