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Recreation and leisure for older adults

Proof of vaccination required

As of September 22, 2021, you must present proof you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter an indoor recreation facility for most activities, as mandated by provincial regulations.

Required proof

  • Proof you are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine at least 14 days prior. The following are accepted:
    • Electronic or hard copy of your vaccination receipt
    • Ontario enhanced vaccine certificate (QR code)
    • Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) vaccination booklet
    • Confirmation of vaccination issued by another jurisdiction
  • Valid identification that shows name and date of birth and has been issued by an institution or public body. Photo identification is not required and the identification does not need to be government-issued.

Exceptions

  • Age 11 and under
  • Those with a documented medical exemption from a doctor or nurse practitioner.
  • Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 participating in organized sports, including on ice sports, sport leagues, badminton, table tennis, tennis, ball hockey, martial arts, dance, basketball, swimming lessons, aquatic certification courses or volleyball. However, this youth age group will require proof of vaccination for recreational swims, public skating, use of a cardio and weight room or attending an activity or sporting event as a spectator.

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 613-580-4765 extension 32060
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 613-580-4765 extension 32060

Gradual expansion of services under Step Three

Under Step Three, Recreation and Cultural Services will restart at select locations – with a new level of restrictions and measures in place. Access to most activities will require a reservation in advance.

Indoor recreation facilities and programs

The following activities will reopen with capacity limits:

  • Indoor public and lane swims.
  • Indoor Aquafitness programs.
  • Learn-to-Swim programs with restrictions.
  • Weight and cardio rooms at select facilities.
  • Indoor sport activities at select facilities.
  • Drop-in programs such as fitness classes, older adult fitness classes, and skating will start atselect facilities with capacity limits.
  • Reservations for drop-in activities can be made on ottawa.ca.

The resumption of other recreation and cultural programming and activities – including its 2021 fall programming – will be announced in the coming weeks.

Facility rentals

Select indoor and outdoor rental spaces will be available with capacity limits. Please contact the facility directly for rental information.

  • Halls
  • Rooms
  • Meeting spaces
  • Pool
  • Sports fields
  • Rental space for team sports
  • Arena and slab bookings. Please email sports@ottawa.ca for more details.

Cultural facilities and programs

Cultural facilities will gradually start to reopen over the next few weeks. While museums are open for outdoor activities, indoor self-guided tours with capacity limits will begin for the season over the next week. City-run galleries will begin to reopen on July 22, with restrictions and capacity limits in place.

More information will be announced in the coming weeks and months for all instructional programming and performing arts – including:

  • Virtual courses from the Nepean Creative Centre, Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Shenkman Arts Centre. 
  • Live performances at Meridian Theatres @Centrepointe and Shenkman Arts Centre, with limited audience capacity. Details on shows, dates and COVID-related measures will be announced at a later date. 

Active Living Club 50+

COVID-19 Cancellation credits and refunds

Visit the City News section for up to date information on service resumption.

Outdoor recreation for Adults 50+

The Active Living Club promotes outdoor activities in a group setting for older adults aged 50+ and seniors. Activities include cycling, hiking in spring, summer and fall. In the winter, we offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Our leaders will take you all over the Ottawa and Gatineau area to enjoy the trails, pathways, and landscape our region has to offer. Please note, this program is not an instructional program and participants must provide their own transportation to the starting locations. Schedules are e-mailed to the participants after registration. End times vary. Active Living Club Annual Membership has its privileges!

Membership

Access to all seasonal activities, including Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter activities within a one-year cycle for $180.50 or $162.75 (65+). Register at City of Ottawa Recreation facilities and then participate in any of the individual activities at no extra cost! For more info please contact us at activeliving@ottawa.ca or 613-580-3575.

Cross Country Ski

Cross country skiing excursions on various trails throughout the City of Ottawa and Gatineau Park consisting of Tuesday level 2 and Thursday level 1 outings.

Cycling

City wide cycling excursions lead by certified leaders consisting of Tuesday level 3 and Thursday level 1 or 2 rides.

Hiking

Hiking excursions on various trails throughout the City of Ottawa and Gatineau Park consisting of Monday level 2, Wednesday level 1, and Friday level 3 hikes.

Try It ALC

Free trial memberships! Join the Active Living Club for a week at no cost. (At predetermined times a year)

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing excursions on various trails throughout the City of Ottawa and Gatineau Park.

Step with confidence

Due to Provincial restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City has temporarily closed its indoor recreation and cultural facilities and suspended drop-in and registered programs, except for essential services and virtual programs. Up to date information regarding closures can be found in the City news section.

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 Older Adult - Lite
  • Stretch and Strength Older Adult - Lite (Heart Wise Exercise)
  • Stretch Older Adult
  • Cardio and Strength Older Adult (Heart Wise Exercise)
  • Aqua General - Lite

Step 2

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

  • Balance and Stability Older Adult (Heart Wise Exercise)
  • Strength Training Older Adult (small group)
  • Stretch and Strength 50+
  • Cardio Older Adult - Lite
  • Yoga Older Adult - Lite
  • Pilates Older Adult - Lite

Step 3

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

  • Pilates Older Adult
  • Nordic Walking Older Adult
  • Yoga Older Adult (Heart Wise Exercise)
  • Party On Older Adult
  • Total Muscle Conditioning (TMC) Older Adult
  • Zumba Gold Older Adult

Seniors clubs and groups

Organization name

Contact name(s)

Phone number(s)

632 Seniors Club

Lois Ruthven
Darquise Lalonde

613-835-2755
613-834-3407

Active Living Club

Jean Ollson

613-580-3575 

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

N/A

613-742-5147

Centre Séraphin-Marion d'Orléans

N/A

613-830-6436

Centre Francophone de Vanier

N/A

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 and Buchman's Bay Community Association

Len Russell

613-832-4694

The Council of Aging Ottawa Sarah Bercier 613-789-3577

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 general

613-747-0469

Fitzroy Harbour Seniors Club

Connie Reitsma

613-623-4170

Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre

Mari Wellman

N/A

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

N/A

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

N/A

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'automne

Janine Boisvert

613-833-2744

Merivale Seniors

Joan Kidd, President

613-591-6255

Mouvement d`implication francophone d`Orléans - MIFO

info@mifo.ca

613-830-6436

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

People Meeting People Ottawa Fran Evans N/A

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, ext. 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

N/A

613-829-5417

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #638

N/A

613-591-5570

Sand Hills Seniors Club

Frances Gentile

613-832-1588

Seniors' Centre Without Walls from The Good Companions Rachel Sutcliffe 613-236-0428

Seniors Euchre (Constance Bay)

Al Baskin

613-832-1190

Senior Games

Bill Duncan

613-832-4516

Sri Lanka Canada Association of Ottawa Seniors Group The Coordinator 613-700-4849

Stittsville 55 Club

Joan David

613-836-7489

Stittsville Friendship Club

N/A

613-831-8819

Supporting Seniors Laura Polegato 613-295-1984

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

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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?

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.

The "Community organization listing" provides residents of Ottawa with up-to-date contacts and information about local sports, recreation and cultural organizations.

Does your organization qualify?

You must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • A partner/affiliate of the Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services branch, City of Ottawa, or, a not-for-profit organization
  • A community-based organization
  • An organization that has the sole purpose of providing a variety of leisure programs, activities and/or services that are recreational, instructional and/or cultural in nature
  • An organization which provides programs and/or services which benefit the residents of Ottawa

If your organization meets the eligibility criteria, please complete the online form to list or update information on your community organization.

Neighbourhood recreation partners:

Organization Email Phone number Address
AOE Arts Council info@artsoe.ca 613-580-2767

245 Centrum Boulevard, Suite 260
Ottawa, ON
K1E 0A1

Bell Sensplex info@sensplex.ca 613-599-0363 1565 Maple Grove Road
Kanata, Ontario
K2V 1A3
Canterbury Community Association president@cca-acc.ca 613-738-8998
2185 Arch Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 2H5
Carleton Heights and Area Residents Association info@ourchara.ca N/A
1665 Apeldoorn Avenue
Ottawa,Ontario
K2C1V6
Carlsbad Springs Community Association info@carlsbadsprings.ca 613-822-1435 6020 Piperville Road
Carlsbad Springs, Ontario
K0A 1K0
Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Association info@cbbca.ca N/A 262 Len Purcell Drive,
Woodlawn, Ontario
K0A 3M0
Corkery Community Association (CCA) president@corkerycommunity.ca N/A 3447 Old Almonte Road
RR #2, Carp, Ontario
K0A 1L0 
Dovercourt Recreation Centre

info@dovercourt.org

613-798-8950 extension 0 411 Dovercourt Ave,
Ottawa, Ontario
K2A 0S9

Dunrobin Community Association (DCA)

info@dunrobincommunity.com 613-832-3763 1151 Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
Ottawa, Ontario
K0A 1T0
Fitzroy Harbour Community Association N/A 613-623-5241 100 Clifford Campbell Street
Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario
K0A 1X0

Friends of the Carp River

N/A N/A N/A

Galetta Community Association

Web.Mail@GalettaCA.org 613-623-0893 119 Darwin St,
Arnprior, Ontario
K7S 3G7

Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group

info@gnag.ca 613-233-8713 175 Third Avenue,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 2K2

Gloucester Senior Adult Centre

N/A 613-749-1974

2020 Ogilvie Road,
Ottawa, Ontario​
K1J 7N8

Gloucester South Seniors Centre

N/A

613-521-2630

4550 Bank Street,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1T 3W6

Jack Purcell Recreation Association info@jpra.ca 613-564-7381

320 Jack Purcell Lane
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2J5

Kinburn Community Association  kcapresident@kinburn.ca 613-832-2481
3045 Kinburn Side Road,
Kinburn Ontario
K0A 2H0
Le Patro d'Ottawa info@patro-ottawa.com 613-789-7733 40 Cobourg Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 8Z6
Lexington Park Area Community Association Kerri Keith 613-228-0795 N/A

Lindenlea Community Association (LCA)

lindenleacommunitycentre@gmail.com 613-742-5011 15 Rockcliffe Way
Ottawa, Ontario
K1M 1A9
Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) mpcc@manorpark.ca 613-741-4776 100 Braemar Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1K 3C9 
Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orléans info@mifo.ca 613-830-6436 6600 Carrière Street,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1C 1J4

Nepean Corona School of Gymnastics

corona@coronagym.ca 613-224- 6524 155 Colonnade Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K2E 7K1 

Nepean Ottawa Diving Club

ottawadiving@rogers.com 613-228-9270

1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K2G 0C4

Nepean Sailing Club

admin@nsc.ca 613-829-6462 3259 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K2H 1A6
Nepean Squash Club Al Prichard 613-580-2828 1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario​
K2G 0C4

Nepean Synchronized Swim Club

secretary@nepeansynchro.com N/A N/A
Old Ottawa South Community Association N/A 613-247-4946

260 Sunnyside Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 0R7

Ottawa East Community Association

info@ottawaeast.ca 613-627-0062 61 Main Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 1B3
Ottawa River Canoe Club

info@orcc.ca 

613-850-2628 1610 Sixth Line Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K0A 1T0

Recreation facilities

Select facilities are open. 

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