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Gyms and fitness centres

City recreation and cultural facilities and amenities are now closed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all recreation and cultural facilities, including recreation complexes, community centres, arenas, swimming pools, theatres and museums are closed until further notice. The City is undergoing a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19.

Indoor and outdoor facility rentals

  • The City has cancelled all existing indoor rental agreements for the month of July.
  • The City will consider rentals of indoor space for up to 10 people on a case-by-case basis.

City facilities

  • Effective June 18 and as part of the Province of Ontario framework for re-opening the Terry Fox Athletic Facility will open with limited access for recognized organizations and athletes affiliated at the National and Provincial level for track and field only. The facility will remain closed for all other services.
  • City programs, including fitness classes, are cancelled until further notice.
  • Performances at Shenkman Arts Centre are suspended. Customers will be contacted regarding refunds and exchanges.
  • Performances at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe are suspended. Customers will be contacted regarding refunds and exchanges.

Arena rentals

All existing arena bookings from July 1 to August 31 have been cancelled. However, the following businesses and organizations may rebook ice time at select arenas for training amateur or professional hockey and figure skating athletes, or to run amateur or professional athletic competitions, in groups of 10 or less - adhering to Provincial gathering restrictions.

  • A national sport organization funded by Sport Canada or a member club of such an organization;
  • A provincial sport or multi-sport organization recognized by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture or a member club of such an organization;
  • A professional sport league or a member club of such a league.
  • A business or organization using the ice time to train amateur or professional athletes or to run amateur or professional athletic competitions.

Due to demand, the City is reopening some ice pads in July. The City has issued an invitation to all current permit holders to reapply for available July ice time. Only organizations that meet the requirements will be considered. Bookings will only be accepted by phone and email.

Teams must have:

  • Valid insurance
  • An attendance roster
  • Permission from a governing body

Fitness memberships

All City of Ottawa fitness memberships expiring in the month of July will be cancelled and clients will receive a prorated refund. Memberships expiring after July 31 will be re-evaluated at a later time. 

The City of Ottawa is undergoing a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about Ottawa’s reopening plan and new safety measures.

Active Ottawa membership update

All City of Ottawa fitness memberships expiring in the month of July will be cancelled and clients will receive a prorated refund. Memberships expiring after July 31 will be re-evaluated at a later time.

COVID-19 Cancellation credits and refunds

Free fitness pass - Try It

All recreation programs have been suspended due to COVID-19 until further notice.

The City of Ottawa is undergoing a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19. More details will be provided as services resume. Learn more about Ottawa’s reopening plan and new safety measures.

COVID-19 Cancellation credits and refunds

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

What's available

Instructor-led classes

Other access

  • Weight and cardio fitness workouts: Weight rooms have a mixture of free weights and weight machines. Cardio machines include treadmills, elliptical machines, stair climbers, rowers and stationary bicycles that are programmable for an exercise routine.
  • Squash and racquetball: Use squash and racquetball courts in 60-minute segments. Advance booking recommended.

Fees

2020 drop-in fees

  • Youth, student or senior: $8
  • Adult: $9.25

2020 multi-visit pass

Budget how often you plan to work out. A multi-visit pass gives you access to a single fitness activity. Choose between weight/cardio, group fitness, aquafitness, racquet sports or indoor cycling classes. The pass excludes public swimming and skating. The pass is valid for one year after the date of purchase.

Prices include HST.

  • 10-visit pass for youth, students or seniors: $68.50
  • 20-visit pass for youth, students or seniors: $126
  • 10-visit pass for adults: $84.50
  • 20-visit pass for adults: $153

Membership

All recreation and cultural facilities, including recreation complexes, community centres, arenas, swimming pools, theatres and museums will be closed, until June 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Cancellation credits and refunds

All memberships must be purchased in person at the fitness facility. Non-residents will be charged an additional 25 per cent per membership.

In person registration at recreation facilities or client services is not currently available due to COVID-19 closures.

An all-inclusive membership includes:

Class A memberships are valid at Class A and Class B facilities. Class B memberships are only valid at Class B facilities.

2020 membership fees

HST is included.

All inclusive membership fee for Class A facilities

1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year

Youth (13 to 18), full-time student or senior (65 and older)

$71.25 $140.50 $260.50 $449.75
Adult (19 to 64) $87.50 $172.25 $318.50

$553

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

$116 $311.75 $572

$996

All inclusive membership fee for Class B facilities

1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year

Youth (13 to 18), full-time student or senior (65 and older)

$68 $134.75 $248.50 $451.75
Adult (19 to 64) $80.75

$160.25

$294.75 $534

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

$103 $286.75 $528.25

$959.25

Pick one membership

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

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

HST is included in the fees.

Pick one membership for Class A facilities

1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year

Youth (13 to 18), full-time student or senior (65 and older)

$54.50 $108 $197.50 $357.75
Adult (19 to 64) $67.50 $134.50 $245.50 $445.75

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

$109 $241.25 $441.25 $801.50

Pick one membership for Class B facilities

1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year
Youth (13 to 18), full-time student or senior (65 and older) $24.75

$48.25

$88 $159.50
Adult (19 to 64) $44.50.

$88

$159.75 $288.50

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

$76.25 $157.75 $283.75 $519.50

2020 aquafitness membership

You can purchase an aquafitness membership, or you may also get a combined aquafitness and swimming membership to take a variety of fitness classes in different depths of water.

Aquafitness membership

1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year
Youth (13 to 18), full-time student or senior (65 and older):  $54.50  $108  $197.50  $357.75
Adult (19 to 64)  $67.50  $134.50  $245.50  $445.75

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

$109

$241.25 $441.25 $801.50

Combined aquafitness and swimming membership

1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year
Youth (13 to 18), full-time student or senior (65 and older):  $60.25 $119.75  $219.25  $397.50
Adult (19 to 64)  $75  $149  $272.75

$495

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

$115.50 $268 $489.50 $890.50

2020 skating membership

Membership fees include HST. Browse more information on skating and where to get a skating membership.

    • General skating membership: Access all City arenas during general public skating sessions.
    • Specialized skating membership: Access specialized skating sessions offered at all City arenas.
    • Upgrade to an all-inclusive membership to access all City fitness facilities and skating sessions.

General skating membership fees

Age 1 year 6 months 3 months 1 month
Children three to four years old $58 $38.50 $21.75 $11
Five years and older, youth, students, adults and seniors $130 $72.50 $39.75 $21.25
Household: Up to two related adults, with or without their child(ren) all living at the same address. Children must be age 25 or younger. $334.75 $199.50 $117.25 $63

Specialized skating membership fees

Activity Age 6 months 3 months 1 month
Figure and Speed Skating 5 to 17 years
18 years and older
$72.50
$167
$39.75
$91
$21.25
$46.50
Shinny hockey 5 to 17 years and students $72.50 $39.75 $21.25
Pick up hockey 18 years and older $167 $91 $46.50

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.
  • Join anytime and pay in full up front or monthly. 

How to get a corporate or group membership

In person registration at recreation facilities or client services is not currently available due to COVID-19 closures.

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)

Personal training

Benefits

  • Personal training helps you on your fitness journey, whether you are a beginner, or have some experience but are looking for an extra push.
  • Our trainers create customized workout plans that will motivate and support you throughout your workouts to realize your fitness goals.
  • Our highly-trained, certified professionals draw from a variety of exercise disciplines, including TRX, kettlebells, high intensity interval training and yoga.

Types of personal training

2020 rates are for a one-hour session. Adults 65 years and older get a 10-per-cent discount.

  • One-on-one: $66
  • Semi-private with a friend or family member: $50.50 per person
  • Small group of three to four participants: $25.50 per person

Book a personal training session

Pick up in person or print a Personal Training Request Form and drop it off at the facility where you would like to be trained. One of our trainers will contact you to discuss your goals and availability. For semi-private or small group personal training, all group members must pay at the same time to receive the discounted rate.     

Terms

  • Each session purchased will expire 365 days after the date of purchase.
  • All sessions must be paid in full prior to the start time of your training session.
  • Cancellations must be made 12 hours in advance of the scheduled session. Not cancelling in time may result in the loss of the session (no credit or refund).
  • Arrive wearing flexible, breathable, athletic attire and indoor athletic footwear. Bring a non-glass water bottle and hand towel.
  • Stow all personal items, including clothing, outwear and gym bags, in a locker.

Locations

Personal training is offered at the following locations.

All training sessions will be at the facility where they were purchased.

Frequently asked questions about personal training

How many sessions do I need to book?

This depends on your goals.  If you are looking for an introductory program to get started or learn about the equipment, often one or two sessions are all that is needed.  However, if your goal requires regular program updates or you require ongoing support and motivation, then booking multiple sessions and speaking to your personal trainer about the number of sessions a week, is advised.

What if I buy multiple sessions but am not comfortable with the trainer?

Not a problem.  You are not obligated to stick with one trainer.  We understand that personal training requires a level of trust and rapport.  If you do not feel that your current trainer meets your needs, you can contact the facility to speak with a Program Coordinator who will help you find the best fit.

What will my personal trainer want to know about me?

They will ask you about your fitness goals. They will also want to discuss how often you can commit to training, and if there are types of exercises or activities you prefer over others.  You will discuss realistic goal setting and expectations. This is to ensure that your goals are measurable over the course of the training program. Our trainers are dedicated to your success, and want to make sure it is done through a healthy and safe approach.

What should I expect out of my very first session?

Typically, the first session is an introductory session. You and your trainer will discuss your program, modify it if necessary, and you’ll be introduced to various exercises prescribed in the program.  The intensity level in the first session is usually lower than subsequent sessions as well, because the trainer will need to verify your level of fitness, your technique and receive your feedback.

What do I do if the other members of my small group or my partner for the semi-private, is not available to purchase the visits with me?  Will I still receive the reduced rate?

Yes. Although it is easier to approve discounted rates when all members arrive together, there is another option to qualify for these discounted rates. Please contact your facility and speak with a customer service representative.

What do I do if the other members of my small group or my partner for the semi-private, is not available for the personal training session?

You and your members can decide to either cancel the visit (with 12 hours’ notice) or you can attend the visit without the other member(s). 

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

All recreation and cultural facilities, including recreation complexes, community centers, arenas, swimming pools, theatres and museums are closed until further notice.

Later this month, the City of Ottawa will begin a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19. More details will be provided as services resume. Learn more about Ottawa’s reopening plan and new safety measures.

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 Traning 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