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Sledding hills

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.

Mooney's Bay Ski Centre at Terry Fox Athletic Facility

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

2024 Fees

Fees shown do not include HST. Applicable taxes will be added during the payment process.

  • $3.47 per day
  • Adult season pass: $37.47
  • Child, youth, and senior season pass: $34.46
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 2024

Fees shown do not include HST. Applicable taxes will be added during the payment process.

  • Customized one-on-one lesson: $82.57
  • Semi-private lesson with a friend or family members: $63.84 per person 
  • Small group (five people maximum): $145.03 

Tennis and pickleball courts

Use of tennis and pickleball courts

  • Tennis players are encouraged to limit game time to 30 minutes to allow others to play.
  • Courts are available on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Spring cleanup and installation of nets on pickleball and tennis courts begins in late April and courts open in early May. Weather conditions such as snow, ground frost and excessive rain, can lead to delays.
  • Courts close in October.
  • See the interactive map below for all City of Ottawa tennis courts lined for pickleball play.
  • Browse instructional tennis and pickleball programs.
  • Membership tennis courts and club contacts.

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.

2024 rental rates

Fees shown do not include HST. Applicable taxes will be added during the payment process.

  • Adult: $9.81
  • Commercial or private: $17.99
  • Youth/child: $8.00

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 quarter-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

Basketball courts

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.