Lansdowne has something for everyone. The Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building are home to a variety of events and activities. Other features include the civic garden, water plaza, children’s play area, skate park and skating court. Visitors are welcome to use the park daily from 5 am to 11 pm.
Lansdowne Park is a world-class attraction that blends modern amenities, courtyards, heritage buildings and green space. Located in the heart of the city, this urban destination hosts events, community programming and recreation activities year-round.
- 21- Casino Lac Leamy Plaza
- 22 – Aberdeen Pavillion
- 23 – Horticulture Building
- 24 – Skating Court/Basketball Courts
- 25 – Great Lawn
- 26 – Water Plaza/Uplift
- 27 – Civic Gardens
- 28 – Heirloom Orchard
- 29 – Children’s Play Area/Skate park
- 30 – South Court
- 31 – The Hill/Moving surfaces
This Ottawa landmark will be available for special events and community use.
Casino Lac Leamy Plaza
This courtyard, north of Aberdeen Pavilion, is home to the Ottawa Farmers’ Market.
Skating court/Basketball courts
Enjoy ice skating on the outdoor refrigerated rink in the winter months and play basketball on the courts during the warmer months. During some major events at TD Place the bike corral occupies this space and the courts are unavailable.
Children’s play area
A colourful, dynamic and fully accessible play space featuring a play structure for children.
The Lansdowne Civic Garden is a demonstration garden with 26 beds featuring different themes. Food harvested from the garden is donated to the Centretown Emergency Food Centre.
Flanked by the Aberdeen Pavilion and the Horticulture Building this space is home to the Summer Arts Series and the expanded Ottawa Farmer’s Market.
The courtyard west of Aberdeen Pavilion is the main entrance to the park from the Shops at Lansdowne.
Here you can find the sculpture Cows Fly Home on Sunday by Tim DesClouds, a brass and copper weathervane which reminds of the agricultural history of the Aberdeen Pavilion.
Event Square is also home to a memorial marking the birthplace of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry regiment.
The Great lawn is an open space for festivals, family picnics, or a game of ultimate.
Lansdowne Park features more than 800 trees, including an orchard of heirloom apple trees. Apples are harvested annually by Hidden Harvest and donated to local food agencies.
Overlooking the great lawn, the Hill features Moving Surfaces, a public art installation by Vancouver-based artist Jill Anholt. Composed from a series of steel shapes that bend and fold, Moving Surfaces' organic, fluid form is reminiscent of the flow of water itself. Light-emitting diodes (LED's), integrated into one face of the sculpture, project a dynamic video created from an in-depth study of the textures, patterns and reflections of water movement along the Rideau Canal. The LED component of the sculpture is also programmable, enabling the curation of future digital installations by other artists, ensuring Moving Surfaces continual transformation over time.
In the most recent evolution of the sculpture artist Andrew O’Malley connects sky and water with his digital painting Northern Window. Northern Window interacts with the lighting of Moving Surfaces by creating sequences of patterns that evolve throughout the day with the movement of the sun and changes in the skies and weather patterns. At a glance the viewer may see the lighting as static, however a sensor on the sculpture records the current sky and updates the sequencing every minute to reflect the changes in light from sunrise to sunset, through clouds and starry skies alike.
This heritage building is a revitalized public space for special events, recreation programs and community use.
The shuttle loop is a drop-off area with some paid parking. Additional paid parking is available underground and is accessible from the shuttle loop near the park entrance from Queen Elizabeth Driveway or at the stadium entrance from Bank Street.
A series of skateboard ramps ideally suited to beginners.
South of Aberdeen Pavilion, this area offers seating and space for outdoor performances and festivals.
Enjoy the soothing sounds of cascading water from Uplift, a public art installation by Vancouver-based artist Jill Anholt, or the 52 dancing water jets that encourage play throughout the summer months.
Uplift is inspired by the site’s legacy of juxtaposition between natural and built structures. Its form draws inspiration from both the rocky ridges and sloping geological formations of the Canadian Shield and the intense human enterprise used to carve through these layers to construct the Rideau Canal. Created from local granite and brushed stainless steel, the sculpture fuses Ottawa's tradition of stone building with contemporary materiality and innovative water engineering.
Lansdowne Park Skating Court
Capacity - 30
- On-street parking available nearby. A commercial parking lot is available on site, accessible from Bank Street and Queen Elizabeth Drive.
- Clients may use the washrooms in Aberdeen Pavilion (East entrance) from 8 am to 8 pm daily.
- Masks are required and skates are not permitted inside the building.
- The trailer is temporarily closed to the public.
Hours of operation
Open daily, 7 am to 11 pm (weather permitting)
Reservations are required during peak times:
- Monday to Friday, 5 to 9 pm
- Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm
*hours subject to change
- Reservations are required for admittance as of January 10 for refrigerated ice surfaces.
- Reservations can be made up to two days in advance with new spots opening at 6 pm daily.
- Those who have made a reservation must show a copy of their confirmation email upon entry, either on a mobile device or on a printed-out paper.
Rules of conduct
Please obey the following rules to ensure a safe and pleasant skating experience:
- Follow the capacity limits posted on-site and do not go on the ice when the rink is at capacity.
- Maintain a two-metre distance from others, not in your household, at all times.
- Masking is highly recommended at all times.
- Indoor change rooms and indoor clubhouses, excluding bathrooms, are to be closed to the public.
- Follow instructions from City of Ottawa staff at all times when the rink is supervised.
- Report all accidents, injuries, misconduct and foul-language to staff immediately.
- It is highly recommended that all skaters wear a certified multi-impact helmet while on the ice.
- Respect the rink skating schedule as posted.
- Stay off the rink during inclement weather or when staff are clearing snow or watering the ice surface.
- Children aged 10 and under must be actively supervised by a responsible person 16 years of age or older.
- Users of City facilities are personally responsible for ensuring they are fit to participate in physical activities. Anyone with a condition affecting his/her ability to participate must take appropriate safety precautions to ensure his/her own safety and is encouraged to be accompanied by an adult who is knowledgeable about their condition.
The following activities are not permitted. Such behaviour could result in immediate removal from the rink:
- The use of hockey sticks, pucks and balls are not permitted on the ice surface.
- Carrying children while on the ice surface (including baby carriers).
- Smoking or loitering on the ice or near the facility.
- Food and drinks are not to be taken on the ice surface.
- Skating or any other activities in the park between 11 pm and 5 am
- The sale and distribution of any products or services anywhere in the park, unless authorized by the City.
- Alcohol or drug use anywhere on City property.
- Rough play, speed and figure skating, and multiplayer games (i.e. hockey, tag and races), foul language or inappropriate behaviour.
Wheelchairs, strollers and skating aids:
- Only E-Z gliders are permitted as an aid.
- Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted on the ice, with the accompaniment of a responsible person 16 years of age or older, who is wearing skates.
- Certified multi-impact helmets are required for wheelchair and stroller occupants.
- Sand and salt must be removed from wheels prior to entering the ice surface to ensure the safety of skaters.
Patrons using the rink do so at their own risk and voluntarily assume all risk associated with any sport or event. The City of Ottawa does not accept responsibility for related risks or injuries.
Events and activities
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required and valid ID is required to enter an indoor recreation facility for most activities as of September 22, 2021. More information.
The Shops at Lansdowne
This mixed-use area includes 280 residential units and 360,000 sq. ft of commercial space, including a 10 screen movie theatre. The Shops at Lansdowne form part of the Glebe Business Improvement Area.
The mural Peace Flowers by Tom Cech can be found on the wall of the Cineplex to the north of the Casino Lac Leamy Plaza. The work evokes moments in history when Canada and Belgium crossed paths and relied on each other in matters of peace and war. It is a tribute to our countries’ friendship and like-mindedness. It artistically depicts two symbolic “Belgian” flowers – the “Peace Rose of Ghent” and the “Poppy of Flanders Fields” as well as two inspiring Canadian figures – painter Mary Riter Hamilton and WWI officer and poet John McCrae.
Getting to Lansdowne
Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3
There are lots of options for getting to Lansdowne; take transit, drive, cycle or walk.
For special events, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is providing a range of travel options for you to get to and from TD Stadium. To get to games at TD Place, Redblacks ticket holders have the option to use a park and shuttle service offered by Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. Event-goers will drive to nearby parking lots and take a free shuttle ride to the stadium.
An underground parking garage provides spaces for everyday visitors to shop, use the park, and visit the stadium. Please note that only Club Seat ticket holders will have access to parking on game days.
The re-developed Lansdowne includes more than 600 bike parking spaces across the site. Secure bike parking will also be provided for major events.
The City’s improved network of multi-use pathways and cycle lanes make this healthy travel choice safer and easier than ever.
All of the pathways leading to Lansdowne are fully accessible, providing everyone the opportunity to enjoy all of the local sites and amenities on your way.
- 2019 Annual Lansdowne Park Report for the Certificate of Property Use
- 2018 Annual Lansdowne Park Report for the Certificate of Property Use
- 2017 Annual Lansdowne Park Report for the Certificate of Property Use
- 2016 Annual Lansdowne Park Report for the Certificate of Property Use
- 2015 Annual Lansdowne Park Report for the Certificate of Property Use
- 2014 Annual Lansdowne Park Report for the Certificate of Property Use