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Gyms and fitness centres

Gradual expansion of services under Step Three

Under Step Three, Recreation and Cultural Services will restart at select locations – with a new level of restrictions and measures in place. Access to most activities will require a reservation in advance.

Indoor recreation facilities and programs

The following activities will reopen with capacity limits:

  • Indoor public and lane swims at select pools on July 16.
  • Indoor Aquafitness programs at select pools on July 16.
  • Summer Learn-to-Swim programs, starting the week of July 26 with restrictions.
  • Weight and cardio rooms at select facilities on July 16.
  • Indoor sport activities at select facilities on July 16.
  • Drop-in programs such as fitness classes, older adult fitness classes, and skating will start atselect facilities on July 16 with capacity limits.
  • Reservations for drop-in activities can be made on ottawa.ca beginning July 14 at 6 pm.
  • Summer Learn-to-Swim registrations started on July 12 and are ongoing.

The resumption of other recreation and cultural programming and activities – including its 2021 fall programming – will be announced in the coming weeks.

Facility rentals

Select indoor and outdoor rental spaces will be available with capacity limits. Please contact the facility directly for rental information.

  • Halls
  • Rooms
  • Meeting spaces
  • Pool
  • Sports fields
  • Rental space for team sports
  • Arena and slab bookings

Please email sports@ottawa.ca for more details.

Cultural facilities and programs

Cultural facilities will gradually start to reopen over the next few weeks. While museums are open for outdoor activities, indoor self-guided tours with capacity limits will begin for the season over the next week. City-run galleries will begin to reopen on July 22, with restrictions and capacity limits in place.

More information will be announced in the coming weeks and months for all instructional programming and performing arts – including:

  • Virtual courses from the Nepean Creative Centre, Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Shenkman Arts Centre. 
  • Live performances at Meridian Theatres @Centrepointe and Shenkman Arts Centre, with limited audience capacity. Details on shows, dates and COVID-related measures will be announced at a later date. 

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 for 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.
  • Clients will need to conduct a health screening and assumption of risk upon arrival at the facility.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been implemented.
  • Air dryer use, including personal dryers, are not permitted at indoor facilities and change rooms to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • All participants/volunteers/staff must wear masks during outdoor recreation programs except when actively engaged in athletic or physical activity.

Wearing a mask in City facilities

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

We require that all clients wear masks. 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.
  • Arenas: A mask is required at all times except while on the ice surface.
  • 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 let staff know 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:

  • Clients are asked to keep their personal items to a minimum.
  • Swimmers are required to keep their 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.
  • Equipment that is not regularly in contact with chlorinated water will be disinfected every four 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.

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.
  • Spectators are permitted at 50 per cent capacity.
  • 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.

Drop-in activities and weight and cardio rooms

To browse facilities offering fitness programs and reserve your space, visit the drop-in activities webpage.

Fees and memberships

Under Step Three, Recreation and Cultural Services will restart at select locations – with a new level of restrictions and measures in place. Access to most activities will require a reservation in advance.
Browse recreation centres and complexes offering drop-in activities.

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.

2021 drop-in fees

  • Youth, student or senior: $8.25
  • Adult: $9.75

2021 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: $72
  • 20-visit pass for youth, students or seniors: $133
  • 10-visit pass for adults: $89
  • 20-visit pass for adults: $161

2021 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)

$74.75 $147.25 $272.50 $470
Adult (19 to 64) $91.75 $180.25 $333 $578.25

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.

$121.50 $326 $598 $1041
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)

$71.25 $141 $259.75 $472.50
Adult (19 to 64)

$84.75

$167.75

$308.25 $558.25

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.

$108 $299.75 $552.25

$1002.50

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)

$57.25 $113 $206.50 $374
Adult (19 to 64) $70.75 $140.75 $256.75 $466

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.

$114 $252.50 $461.50 $838
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) $26

$50.25

$92.75 $167.25
Adult (19 to 64) $46.75

$92.25

$167 $301.75

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.

$80 $165 $296.75 $543

2021 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):  $57.25  $113  $206.50  $374
Adult (19 to 64)  $70.75  $140.75  $256.75  $466

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.

$114

$252.50 $461.50 $838
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):  $63.25 $125.25  $229.25  $415.50
Adult (19 to 64)  $78.75  $155.75  $285.25

$517.50

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.

$121 $280.25 $511.75 $931

2021 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 month 3 months 6 months 1 year
Children three to four years old $11.75 $23 $40.50 $60.75
Five years and older, youth, students, adults and seniors $22.50 $41.75 $76 $136
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. $66.25 $122.75 $208.50 $350
Specialized skating membership fees
Activity Age 1 month 3 months 6 months
Figure and Speed Skating 5 to 17 years
18 years and older
$22.50
$48.75
$41.75
$95.50
$76
$174.75
Shinny hockey 5 to 17 years and students $22.50 $41.75 $76
Pick up hockey 18 years and older $48.75 $95.50 $174.75

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)

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

Due to Provincial restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City has temporarily closed its indoor recreation and cultural facilities and suspended drop-in and registered programs, except for essential services and virtual programs. Up to date information regarding closures can be found in the City news section.

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