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Winter Health and Fitness Day

Bring a friend on Saturday, February 11 and enjoy 2 for 1 pricing on admission for weights/cardio, swimming and public skating. Get active and join the national movement.

Capacity is limited and participants are encouraged to make a reservation in advance under the drop-in schedules of the facility webpage. Children aged 10 and under must wear a CSA-certified hockey helmet at all City indoor arenas.

Memberships

2022 membership fees

The all-inclusive membership includes weight and cardio, aquafitness, swimming (including wave swims), group fitness, squash and racquetball, indoor cycling, public skating, and drop-in activities ( Kindergym, badminton, basketball, open gym, pickleball, soccer, table tennis, volleyball).

All-inclusive membership fee for Class A facilities

Adult

  • 1 month $93.50
  • 3 month $184.00
  • 6 month $339.75
  • 1 year $589.75

Youth (13 to 17), full-time student or senior (65 and older)

  • 1 month $76.25
  • 3 month $150.25
  • 6 month $278.00
  • 1 year $479.50

Household/family: Up to two related adults, with or without their child(ren) all living at the same address. Children must be age 25 or younger

  • 1 month $124
  • 3 month $332.75
  • 6 month $610.00
  • 1 year $1,061.75

All-inclusive membership fee for Class B facilities

Adult

  • 1 month $86.50
  • 3 month $171.25
  • 6 month $314.50

Youth (13 to 17), full-time student or senior (65 and older)

  • 1 month $72.75
  • 3 month $144.00
  • 6 month $265.00

Household/family: Up to two related adults, with or without their child(ren) all living at the same address. Children must be age 25 or younger

  • 1 month $110.00
  • 3 month $305.75
  • 6 month $563.25
  • 1 year $1,022.50

Pick one membership

The pick one membership allows you to participate in one of the following fitness programs:

  • Weight/cardio
  • Group fitness/indoor cycling
  • Squash/racquetball

HST is included in the fees.

"Pick one" membership for Class A facilities

  • Adult
    • 1 Month $72.25
    • 3 Month $143.75
    • 6 Month $262.00
    • Yearly $475.25
  • Youth (13 to 17), full-time student or senior (65 and older)
    • 1 Month $58.25
    • 3 Month $115.25
    • 6 Month $210.75
    • Yearly $381.50
  • Household/family: Up to two related adults, with or without their child(ren) all living at the same address. Children must be age 25 or younger
    • 1 Month $116.25
    • 3 Month $257.50
    • 6 Month $470.75
    • Yearly $854.75

"Pick one" membership for Class B facilities

  • Adult
    • 1 Month $47.75
    • 3 Month $94.00
    • 6 Month $170.50
    • Yearly $307.75
  • Youth (13 to 17), full-time student or senior (65 and older)
    • 1 Month $26.75
    • 3 Month $51.25
    • 6 Month $94.50
    • Yearly $170.75
  • Household/family: Up to two related adults, with or without their child(ren) all living at the same address. Children must be age 25 or younger
    • 1 Month $81.50
    • 3 Month $168.25
    • 6 Month $302.75
    • Yearly $553.75

Corporate or group membership

  • Enjoy 20 per cent off a Class A, all-inclusive or pick-one membership for employees or members of participating corporation and groups.
  • Memberships are valid yearly from date of purchase.

How to get a corporate or group membership

As City services resume, you can once again purchase memberships in person at recreation facilities. Browse locations that have reopened on our swimming webpage and on our fitness webpage.

If your company or group is interested in offering a corporate or group membership, please email corporatememberships@ottawa.ca for more information.

Please note: You must employ at least 10 employees or have 10 active members registered.

Facility categories

Facilities are categorized as either "A" or B" based on the number of amenities and programs. In general, class "A" facilities offer a higher number of amenities and programs.

Class A facilities 
  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans
  • François Dupuis Recreation Centre
  • CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn
  • Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool
  • Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven
  • Nepean Sportsplex
  • Plant Recreation Centre
  • Ray Friel Recreation Complex
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata
  • St-Laurent Complex
  • Walter Baker Sports Complex
Class B facilities
  • Champagne Fitness Centre
  • Jack Purcell Community Centre
  • Pinecrest Recreation Centre
  • Greenboro Community Centre (no pool)
  • Heron Road Community Centre (no pool)
  • Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre (no pool)

Where to get a membership

Sledding

Reduce the risk of injury

Before sledding, always be sure to assess the weather and physical conditions of the hill to ensure it is safe for use. Avoid sledding when conditions are icy or hazards are present.

To reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others, practice the following:

  • Protect your brain – wear a ski/snowboard or hockey helmet with the recommended safety certification.
  • Sled only at the approved hills listed below. The City conducts assessments to determine whether each hill meets an acceptable risk level to be approved for sledding.
  • Avoid icy conditions and monitor upcoming weather before sledding.
  • Avoid sledding headfirst or on your back. Sit or kneel on your sled.
  • Watch for hazards, like other sledders, icy areas, trees, rocks, fences and rivers.
  • Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Sled during daylight. If you sled at night make sure the hill is well lit.
  • Choose a sled that is easy to control, avoid inner tubes and plastic discs.
  • Keep your hands, arms and legs inside the sled to prevent injury.
  • Alert (shout) if you observe another slider headed for danger.
  • Keep a safe distance (15 m) from the sled ahead of you.
  • Walk up the side of the hill, not the middle.
  • Do not leave sleds or other obstacles on the hill.
  • Construction of snow jumps and other obstacles is not permitted.

 

If dangerous conditions exist, report them to the City of Ottawa’s 24-hour Call Centre. Dial 3-1-1. 

Assumption of risk 

  • Sledding is a high-risk activity. Sled at your own risk. 
  • The City of Ottawa does not accept responsibility for related risks or injuries.  
  • Call 9-1-1 if emergency assistance is required. 

Sledding hill locations

The interactive map and table below displays the locations of the City's approved sledding hills. Sledding is only permitted on City property at the locations listed below. These locations have had risk assessments completed, protective measures installed to mitigate risks and are the only hills identified as reasonably safe for sledding.  

The number of sledding hills listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. Navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Click on a sledding hill for more information about that location. Sledding hill information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Cross-country skiing

The Mooney's Bay Ski Centre at Terry Fox Athletic Facility has everything for cross-country skiers. You can enjoy 5 km of groomed and well-lit trails.

Ski centre features

  • 5 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate (freestyle) skiing techniques
  • Lit trails for night skiing
  • Free parking
  • Indoor change rooms and washrooms
  • Ski school
  • Ski tuck shop
  • Free use of indoor wax benches and waxing irons (subject to availability)
  • Free information on equipment, clothing, waxing, trails and related services
  • Rentals by Lafleur de la Capital: 613-298-3775

Fees

  • $3.75 per day
  • Adult season pass: $40.50
  • Child, youth, and senior season pass: $37.25
Trail conditions 

Mooney’s Bay Cross Country Ski Conditions.

Lessons

The cross-country ski school in Mooney's Bay Park usually offers lessons daily with convenient day and evening options. Lessons are usually one hour long. Available January through March.

  • Lessons for children, youth and adults from experienced and qualified instructors
  • Classes for all abilities from beginner to advanced.
  • Classic or skate skiing lessons.

Private lessons

Semi-private or small group lessons

  • Special group packages are available.
  • All group members must pay at the same time to receive the discounted rate.
Lesson fees
  • Customized one-on-one lesson: $89.25
  • Semi-private lesson with a friend or family members: $69 per person
  • Small group (five people maximum): $156.75

Free fitness pass - Try It

Visit a participating facility to sign up for a free Try It fitness pass. No appointment needed. Your free pass gives you three visits to participating facilities.

Access

  • Weight and cardio rooms
  • Squash and racquetball courts
  • Aquafitness classes
  • Indoor cycling classes
  • Public skating sessions
  • Group fitness classes

Details

  • Passes begin on your first day of use and must be used within 30 days.
  • Passes can only be used at participating locations.
  • Users must not have been a member of the City of Ottawa fitness within the past six months.
  • Users must be 13 years or older. 

Participating facilities

Financial support – Ottawa Hand in Hand

If you are already a participant in a community or social service agency program, if you are an individual or family with a low-income or a family member with a disability, you may qualify for the Ottawa Hand in Hand recreation and culture fee support program.

Only residents of the City of Ottawa may apply for the Ottawa Hand in Hand subsidy, on their own behalf or for a dependent wishing to participate in programs or activities offered by the Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department (RCFS). For additional information on Ottawa Hand in Hand, the City of Ottawa’s fee assistance program, residents are invited to visit their local recreation or culture facility or any City Client Service Centre.

Please note: applicants will be asked to provide proof of identity, residency and of financial need and should be prepared to provide copies of formal documentation.

Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Evidence of being in receipt of Ontario Works
  • Evidence of being in receipt of a Child Care Subsidy
  • Evidence of being in receipt of Essential Health and Social Supports
  • Evidence of being in receipt of Ontario Disability Support Pension (ODSP)
  • Evidence of being in receipt of Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD/MCSS)
  • Evidence of being in receipt of a Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
  • Means test using the Low Income Cut-Off
    • T451E Notice of Assessment or,
    • Child Tax Benefit Form
  • Special circumstances may also be considered (details to be provided in the application form).
  • Residents of all ages are eligible.
  • Residents are encouraged to apply as early as possible before the program registration period.
  • Each qualifying individual, or member of a family, is eligible for an annual amount of fee support ($200 per person).
  • Applicants are encouraged to pay a minimum of 25 per cent of the program cost.
  • A parent or guardian can transfer all, or a portion of their Ottawa Hand in Hand fee support entitlement to a child or children in their household.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application form, or pick one up at most staffed recreation facilities or at a Client Service Centre.
  2. Bring the completed application form to your local recreation or cultural facility.

A supervisor will review the application for approval. Applications can only be approved at a recreation or cultural facility.

Cycling education programs

Become more comfortable and confident on multi-use pathways, cycle tracks and the road, learning assertive cycling skills, traffic analysis, general bicycle maintenance, route planning and more. The City's cycling programs are conducted by certified Instructors. Our programs are oriented toward recreational and utilitarian cycling.

Got a Bike Club? Sign your group up for a lesson.

See you on the road the pathways and the cycle tracks!

Contact

Cycling education courses for children

Bike RODEO – ages 6 to 10 – 2 hours (by community request)

City of Ottawa Bike Rodeos are offered to schools and community groups free of charge by the City of Ottawa Mobile Cycle Education Team. A COVID-modified Bike Rodeo is an interactive bicycle skills and safety event for children from ages 6 to 10. Essential bicycle handling and traffic skills for young cyclists in a fun festival type atmosphere. Topics include helmet fitting, bicycle maintenance, handling, signalling, gears, braking, avoiding road hazards and more. Participants must know how to ride.

Learn to Ride Private Lessons – ages 6 and up

For children and youth who cannot ride a bike. Our COVID-modified Learn to Ride lessons will have adults and children riding confidently and safely in a very short time. Participants will learn to balance, start, stop and turn. 1-hour sessions are offered on a one to one basis. Participants must have a bicycle and helmet. Instructors will meet you at your local school parking lot.

Cycling education courses for adults

Adult Learn to Ride Private Lesson – 1 hour

For adults who cannot ride a bike. Learn to balance, start, stop and turn. One session, on a one-to-one basis. You must have a bicycle and helmet.

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.

Basketball courts - outdoor

Outdoor basketball court locations

The interactive map and table below display the locations of the City's outdoor basketball courts. The number of courts listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. Navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Click on a basketball court for more information about that location. Basketball court information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Tennis and pickleball courts

Book a court

  1. Please email tennis@ottawa.ca with your rental request. 
  2. Include the name of your organization, contact name, contact information, name of court, the dates and times and any special instructions. 
  3. We will email you a contract along with information on how to pay. 
  4. Review, sign and return the contract to tennis@ottawa.ca. The contract is valid once we receive payment and a signed copy of the contract.

2022 rental rates

  • Adult: $10.60
  • Commercial or private: $19.45
  • Youth/child: $8.65

Use of tennis and pickleball courts

Browse the interactive map below for all City of Ottawa tennis courts lined for pickleball play.

Browse instructional tennis and pickleball programs.

Browse drop-in schedules for pickleball play.

Membership tennis courts and club contacts.

Court locations

The interactive map and table below display court locations. The number of courts listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Click on a court for more information about that location. Court information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Skateboard and BMX parks

Locations

  • Bearbrook Community Centre/Leslie Armstrong Park, 8720 Russell Road
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Ben Franklin Place/Legacy Skatepark, Centrepointe behind Theatre District
    • 17,000 square feet
    • Large concrete bowl
    • Many street and vertical components
  • Berrigan Park, Treehouse Mike Memorial Skatepark, 51 Berrigan Drive
    • Flat concrete surface
    • More than 10 components
  • Blackburn Park, 190 Glen Park Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex - Orléans, SK8 Extreme Park, 1490 Youville Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • City-run programs: learn to skateboard and skateboard summer camps
  • Bridlewood Core Park, 65 Stonehaven Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Constance Bay Community Centre Park, 262 Len Purcell Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn, 1500 Shea Road
  • Greenboro Skatepark, 3142 Conroy Road
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Lansdowne Park, 450 Queen Elizabeth Drive
    • Flat surface
  • Manotick Arena, Centennial Park, 5572 Doctor Leach Drive
    • Flat surface
    • Eight components
  • McNabb Park, Charlie Bowins Skateboard Park, 435 Bronson Avenue
    • Flat concrete surface
    • More than 10 components (including a large half-pipe)
    • City-run programs: learn to skateboard and skateboard summer camps
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata, Innovation Skateboard Park, 4101 Innovation Drive
    • Large concrete bowl
    • More than 10 components (including many street and vertical components)
  • Splash Wave Pool, Trillium Park BMX Track, 2030 Ogilvie Road
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
    • BMX dirt track
  • Walter Baker Park, 100 Walter Baker Place
    • 7,000 square feet
    • Concrete bowl

City Wide Sports

Mission

Our mission: Changing lives through the power of sport since 1985

City Wide Sports is dedicated to improving lives by offering inclusive sport and physical activity programs for everyone.

We can assist by:

  • Offering Women only leagues and lessons as part of City Wide Sports. We advocate and encourage females of all skill levels to participate in sport and physical activity as a player, coach or official
  • Offering an Active Living Club for participants 50+ years
  • Providing information on financial support to participate in sport

View the Recreation Guide.

Contact us

Call: 613-580-2854
E-mail: gws-ffs@ottawa.ca

Heart Wise Exercise program

Heart Wise Exercise programs are physical activity courses or activities that have low to moderate levels of intensity. They are designed for people who are concerned about their heart health and who want to participate in regular fitness programs. They are also offered to people without heart-related problems.

The programs:

  • Encourage regular, daily aerobic exercise
  • Meet stringent cardiac fitness program requirements identified by the Physical Activity Network Committee
  • Encourage and incorporate warm up, cool down and self-monitoring with all exercise sessions
  • Allow participants to exercise at a safe level
  • Have progressive options to increase intensity if appropriate
  • Accept participants with a known history of cardiac disease (physician approval may be required)
  • Have a documented emergency plan, including requiring current CPR certification, phone access to emergency medical services and access to defibrillators

Look for the Heart Wise Exercise logo in the Recreation eGuide. Programs can be found in youth, special needs, seniors and the fitness and wellness sections. For more information, email anita.findlay@ottawa.ca, or call 613-798-8872.

Heart wise exercise logo

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

Requirements

If you have a chronic condition:

  • talk with your physician about exercise
  • follow exercise guidelines provided by your health care professional

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 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