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Gyms and fitness centres

COVID-19 safety measures at City facilities

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following safety measures are in place at City facilities:

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres is required at all times all users not living in the same household or in their social circle.
  • Plexiglass shields installed at customer service desks to protect workers and users
  • Directional signage to manage traffic flow
  • Room capacities have been reduced to accommodate social distancing requirements
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are available and frequent handwashing is encouraged
  • Upon arrival both staff and users are required to complete a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms before being authorized access to the site
  • Clients will need to conduct a health screening and assumption of risk upon arrival at the facility
  • Entry to the building is denied to anyone who presents as a risk based on the self-assessment questionnaire
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been implemented
  • Additional COVID-19 specific training has been provided for all staff
  • Air dryer use, including personal dryers, are not permitted at indoor facilities and changerooms to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing a mask in City facilities

Masks are required when entering the facility, in common areas, lobbies, washrooms, changerooms and hallways as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-Law.

We require that all clients wear masks while participating in our programs. Only the following programs, activities and individuals are exempt from the mask requirement:

  • Swimming: masks may be removed when entering the water but are required in other areas of the building.
  • Exercising: when actively engaged in athletic or physical activity.
  • Lifeguarding: when on deck and actively monitoring the pool.
  • Sporting associations renting out City facilities: while actively engaged in high-intensity sports training and maintaining the 2-metre distancing requirement.
  • Children under the age of 5 years chronologically or developmentally, who refuses to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver.
  • Individuals with medical conditions or disabilities rendering them unable to safely wear a mask.
  • Individuals who are unable to put on or remove their mask without assistance.

Those who are exempt need to advise staff at the entrance during the screening process and let us know how they meet one of the exceptions listed above. They may be asked to use a face shield if their circumstance allows.

All other City of Ottawa programs not listed above, require clients to wear masks throughout participation with the goal of preventing transmission and reduce the number of COVID-19 cases.

Additional safety measures at City pools

When you come to an aquatic facility, you’re going to notice several changes we have made to ensure we live up to our commitment to keep everyone safe, including:

  • Saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, diving boards, rope swings, and water slides will be closed
  • We encourage swimmers to use goggles, snorkels will not be allowed
  • Swimmers are encouraged to bring their own equipment for their use only, only life jackets and PFD’s will be available for loaning at the facility
  • Clients are asked to keep their personal items to a minimum
  • Swimmers may keep their cloth face masks on until they enter the pool
  • Traffic measures will be implemented around the pools and entry and exit will be staggered so crowding doesn’t occur
  • Swimmers at outdoor pools will enter and exit through a gate and not through the facility
  • Viewing areas will be either closed or their capacity reduced, to allow for proper physical distancing
  • Parents or guardians who are not accompanying their child in the pool for swimming lessons are encouraged to wait outside the facility
  • Swimmers of the same household may swim together in one lane during lane swim, if available at the pool.
  • Only essential equipment will be provided for use on deck, and equipment will be disinfected between users (i.e. lifejackets)
  • Equipment that is not regularly in contact with chlorinated water will be disinfected every 4 hours at minimum

Do your part to slow the spread by:

  • Showering at home before going to the pool.
  • Wearing your bathing suit to the pool.
  • Practice personal COVID-19 hygiene – washing or sanitizing your hands, staying home if you are ill.

Additional safety measures at fitness centres

  • Physical distancing of 3 metres is required at all times
  • Some workout stations or cardio equipment will be closed to ensure physical distancing
  • Clients will receive an individual bottle of sanitizer to wipe down equipment after each use
  • Clients must arrive in their workout attire as change rooms are closed at some locations
  • Showers will also remain closed at this time
  • Clients are asked to keep their personal items to a minimum
  • Clients are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottle
  • High touch-point equipment will not be available for use:
    • Foam rollers
    • Bands
    • Medicine balls
    • Stability balls
    • BOSU
    • Skipping ropes
    • Yoga mats/blocks/straps/tune-up balls
    • Fans (except for venting out)
    • Rowing machines
    • Aerodyne bikes

Additional safety measures at City arenas

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following safety measures have been implemented at City operated arenas:

  • Participant access to the arena is granted 20 minutes prior to the booking start time
  • Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by one parent or guardian – on-ice or in the stands. A ratio of 1:1 participant to parent or guardian will be permitted in the arena for the supervision of children under the age of 18-year-old, to a maximum of 25 parents or guardians.
  • No spectators are permitted except for a parent or guardian.
  • Limited capacity in change rooms
  • Designated skate tying areas outside dressing rooms
  • Showers are off limits at this time
  • Water fountains should be limited to bottle filling only
  • Players are encouraged to arrive dressed in as much equipment as possible

Ottawa Public Health states that the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases progressively with age, particularly beyond 50 to 60 years. In addition to increasing age, people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions (cardiovascular, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic lung, chronic liver, cancer, immunocompromise) or severe obesity are at higher risk for severe illness. Every individual needs to take into account their personal risk factors when making decisions about going out.

Fitness activities and weight and cardio rooms

  • Due to current regulations, clients can only make use of City sports and fitness facilities for 90 minutes at a time, and clients are therefore unable to book back-to-back sessions for these programs

Weight and cardio rooms

  • Weight and cardio rooms: Weight rooms have a mixture of free weights and weight machines. Cardio machines include treadmills, elliptical machines, stair climbers and stationary bicycles that are programmable for an exercise routine.

Fees

Valid for a single fitness activity.

  • Seniors, students, youth: $8
  • Adults: $9.25

Browse Recreation Centres and Complexes offering drop-in activities.

Fees and memberships

Fitness memberships

Inactive memberships that have not been used since September 1 will be withdrawn and refunded, with the exception of swimming memberships. Active memberships are being extended to reflect the date services resume.

Browse more information regarding membership cancellations and refunds.

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

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.

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)

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