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This week at Lansdowne

November 20 - Ottawa Welcomes The World - Lebanon

November 23 - Capital Pride Grey Cup Party (Horticulture)

November 23 to 25 - RNation Party (Aberdeen Pavilion)

November 24 and 25 - Riderville (Horticulture)

November 26 - VIP Tailgate Party (Aberdeen Pavilion)

Fall fun

3rd Annual Pumpkin Derby

Pumpkin race

Saturday, October 28, 2017, Aberdeen Pavilion, 10 am

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Register at or in-person at the Horticulture Building

Division 1 (14 years and younger) 1133855

Division 2 (15 years and older)       1133854

Derby Details

Design a pumpkin race car, build it, and let your imagination run wild to create an eye-catching racer. Compete for prizes and bragging rights at The 3rd Annual Lansdowne Park Pumpkin Derby!! It’s a gravity race; the pumpkin racers roll down a ramp and hopefully make it to the finish line. The first pumpkin racer to cross the finish line will be the winner of the heat and move on to the next round. If none of the racers make it to the finish line the winner of the heat will be the car closest to the finish line. In the event of a tie there will be a second run down the ramp to determine the winner. All participants have a minimum of three races.

9:30 am to 10:30 am: Pumpkin Race car “drivers” check-in

10:30 am to 11 am: Pumpkin racers on display in Pumpkin Pit Row for the judges to view/costume judging

11am to 1:30 pm: Pumpkin races

1:30 pm to 2 pm: Awards ceremony

Prizes in each division will be awarded as follows (22 prizes):

Top 3 Fastest Pumpkin Racers: based on time trials. (Fastest time down the track-must cross finish line)

Top 3 Pumpkin Racers: based on Head to head races in triple elimination.

Top 3 Best Decorated Pumpkin Racers: based on design, detail, creativity and originality.

Most spectacular Pumpkin Car crash: based on audience response.

Best dressed race car “driver”


1.The pumpkin race car must be crafted using a single, real pumpkin.

2.The pumpkin race car must be created by inserting two independent axles through the pumpkin; with wheels attached to the axles.

3.The two axles may not be connected together in any way.

4.The pumpkin cannot be attached to a prefabricated chassis of any kind (skateboard, stroller, toy truck, etc.)

5. Pumpkin cars, including wheels and decorations, cannot exceed 50cm in width.Derby pumpkins must only be powered by gravity. No motors, fans, pyrotechnics or any other means of propelling the pumpkin car are permitted.

6. Pumpkin cars must be decorated in a creative way.

7. Pumpkin cars may not be pushed or boosted in any way at the starting line.

8. Pumpkin cars must be fully constructed and ready to race upon check-in.

9. The competition will take place rain or shine. Weather conditions and/or the number of participants may dictate changes in scheduling and programming.

10. Pumpkin cars must be registered in the appropriate age division.

11. The competition takes place on municipally owned land, and contestants participate at their own risk.

12. Any dispute concerning the competition or its rules will be referred to the City of Ottawa and the decision will be final.

13. The City of Ottawa reserves the right to create visual documentation and to use this material for promotion and information without indemnity to participants.

14. The pumpkin decoration must be in good taste and appropriate for all ages. The City has full discretion to disqualify pumpkins that are deemed offensive.

15. The pumpkin car may not represent a commercial product or incorporate a commercial or organizational logo.

16. Pumpkins must complete the race upright on their axles; toppling pumpkins will be disqualified.

Pumpkin Racer Tips:

  • Make sure your axles are parallel.
  • Make sure you have enough ground clearance; the course can be uneven
  • Make sure your wheels spin freely.
  • Make sure your axles are securely attached; nuts and washers are recommended.
  • A bigger pumpkin does not necessarily make a faster pumpkin racer.

Pumpkin Racer Workshops

volkswagen pumpkin racer

Get hands-on guidance while learning how to build a pumpkin racer before competing in the Pumpkin Derby! All you need to bring is your pumpkin, all other materials are provided. Adult attendance required for children under 15. 

October 26, 6:30 to 8:30 pm  1134479

October 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm  1134480


Recreation programs

Play and learn at Lansdowne Park!

Fall/Winter Programs

Need assistance or more information? Click here or phone 613-580-2424 x17323.

Preschool Children Family Adult

Loose Parts Playground - Parent & Me 

Loose Parts Playground

Rollerskating-Free Skate

Intro to Bullet Journaling
Ice Skating-Kindergliders Ice Skating-Junior Gliders Rollerskating-Level 1 Ice Skating-Beginner
  Ice Skating-Junior Gliders Low Ratio Rollerskating-Level 2 Ice Skating-Intermediate
  Ice Skating-Intro to Ice Family Maker Studio-Electrical Gizmos Ice Skating-Intro to Ice
    Family Maker Studio-Things That Go!  
    Family Maker Studio-Crafty Builds  
    Family Maker Studio-Light & Sound  

Program information and registration at Join Ottawa

Register for recreation programs - Online or by touch tone by calling 3-1-1.

Need a recreation account? Create one here or call  613-580-2588 Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 7 pm (except on statutory holidays) and follow the prompts.

Course Requirements

Family Rollerskating - Aberdeen Pavilion

Children 14 years and under are required to register with an adult who will be responsible for their supervision.

Children 10 and under are required to wear a CSA approved helmet.

Rent quad skates in advance from the Ottawa Quad Rollerskating Club by clicking here. Sizes are limited so arrange your rentals early. Feel free to bring your own quad or inline skates.

Entry will be by the WEST doors of the Aberdeen Pavilion. Please check in upon arrival to receive your wristband.

This City of Ottawa program is offered in collaboration with the Ottawa Quad Rollerskating Club and Neon Skates

Rollerskating - Free Skate

Skate rentals must be pre-arranged at least one week in advance to ensure that you get the required size. Email your rental requirements to:

Children 14 years and under are required to register with an adult who will be responsible for their supervision.

Children 10 and under are required to wear a CSA approved helmet.

Family Maker Studios

Pre-school children are required to attend with an adult.

Get the most from the experience by registering with your children. These workshops are best when the whole family plays and learns together!

What’s at Lansdowne?

With old favourites, like the Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building, and exciting new features like the Water Plaza, Children’s Garden and Skating Court, Lansdowne has something for everyone. 

Here is a glimpse of what you can expect to find throughout the year at the new Lansdowne.

Lansdowne Park

Lansdowne Park is a world-class attraction that blends modern amenities, courtyards, heritage buildings and green space. This urban public destination, situated right in the heart of city, offers programming on a year-round basis. It features events and activities for all ages and all seasons. 

Overview of TD Place, the Shops at Lansdowne and Lansdowne Park. All park amenities are outlined in the Park amenities table.

(Enlarge image of TD Place, the Shops at Lansdowne and Lansdowne Park)

Visitors are welcome to use the park daily from 5 am to 11 pm. Pedestrians and cyclists travelling through Lansdowne Park should practice awareness and caution around heavy vehicles and equipment. Your safety is our priority.

Aberdeen Pavilion Features:

Photo of Aberdeen Pavillion 

This Ottawa landmark, with capacity for 2,800 visitors, will be available for special events and community use.

Aberdeen Square

Courtyard - home to the Ottawa Farmers' Market

Just north of Aberdeen Pavilion, this courtyard is home to the Ottawa Farmers’ Market.

Basketball Courts

Basketball courts at Lansdowne Park

In warmer months, the skating court is converted into basketball courts. During major events at TD Place, the bike corral occupies this space and basketball is unavailable.

Children’s Play Area

Children’s Play Area at Lansdowne Park 

A colourful, dynamic and fully accessible play space featuring a play structure for children.

Civic Gardens 

An exhibit of local floral plants, is the perfect space for family picnics.  

East Court

Photo of courtyards

Lansdowne’s history is reflected in this heritage gateway, flanked by Aberdeen Pavilion and the Horticulture Building.

Event Square

Photo of Event Square 

The courtyard west of Aberdeen Pavilion, is the main entrance to the park from the Shops at Lansdowne.

Great Lawn

Photo of Great Lawn

With a capacity of up to 17,000 people, the Great lawn is a great space for festivals, family picnics, or a game of ultimate.

Heirloom Orchard 

Lansdowne Park features more than 800 trees, including an orchard of heirloom apple trees.

The Hill

Overlooking the great lawn, the Hill features "Moving Surfaces," a sculpture that uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to project dynamic video.

Horticulture Building

Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park

This heritage building is a revitalized public space for special events and community use.

Shuttle Loop

During non-event periods, short-term parking for drop-off/pick-up is permitted along the shuttle loop at the northeast entrance to the park.

Skateboard Ramps

Skateboard Ramps at Lansdowne Park

A series of skateboard ramps ideally suited to beginners.

Skating Court

Ottawa’s newest refrigerated outdoor skating rink is featured prominently in the City’s winter programs.

South Court

South of Aberdeen Pavilion, this square offers seating and space for outdoor performances and festivals.

Water Plaza

Enjoy the soothing sounds of cascading water from the “Uplift” monument or the 52 dancing water jets that encourage play throughout the summer months.

TD Place at Lansdowne

This stunning 24,000 seat stadium is home to the Ottawa Redblacks (Canadian Football League) and the Ottawa Fury FC (North American Soccer League). The arena at TD Place has a capacity of over 9,000 and is home of the Ottawa 67’s (Ontario Hockey League). Both venues can also host concerts and special events.

Getting to Lansdowne

Google Map of Lansdowne


1525 Princess Patricia Way
Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3



There are lots of options for getting to Lansdowne.

On normal days, you can 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.


OC Transpo provides regular service to Lansdowne on routes 1 and 7. 

Enhanced transit service will also be available for major events at TD Place or Lansdowne.


An underground parking garage provides spaces for everyday visitors to shop, use the park, and visit the stadium. Spaces are also reserved for office tenants and residents. 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. The City has identified a number of routes for cyclists of all levels to get to Lansdowne. 

Cycling Map


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.

Park and Shuttle service

To get to games at TD Place, REDBLACKS ticket holders have the option to use a Park & Shuttle service offered by Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG). Event-goers will drive to nearby parking lots and take a free shuttle ride to the stadium.

Shuttles will enter Lansdowne from Queen Elizabeth Driveway for the first half of the season. OSEG, the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission (NCC) will monitor and assess impacts to the driveway and community and recommend a plan for the rest of the season to establish a long-term plan for reliable transit.