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Gyms and fitness centres

Proof of vaccination required

As of September 22, 2021, you must present proof you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter an indoor recreation facility for most activities, as mandated by provincial regulations.

Required proof

  • Proof you are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine at least 14 days prior. The following are accepted:
    • Electronic or hard copy of your vaccination receipt
    • Ontario enhanced vaccine certificate (QR code)
    • Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) vaccination booklet
    • Confirmation of vaccination issued by another jurisdiction
  • Valid identification that shows name and date of birth and has been issued by an institution or public body. Photo identification is not required and the identification does not need to be government-issued.

Exceptions

  • Age 11 and under
  • Those with a documented medical exemption from a doctor or nurse practitioner.
  • Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 participating in organized sports, including on ice sports, sport leagues, badminton, table tennis, tennis, ball hockey, martial arts, dance, basketball, swimming lessons, aquatic certification courses or volleyball. However, this youth age group will require proof of vaccination for recreational swims, public skating, use of a cardio and weight room or attending an activity or sporting event as a spectator.

COVID-19 safety measures at City facilities

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

  • Plexiglass shields installed at customer service desks to protect workers and users.
  • Directional signage to manage traffic flow.
  • 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.
  • All participants/volunteers/staff must wear masks during outdoor recreation programs except when actively engaged in athletic or physical activity.

Proof of vaccination

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and valid ID is required to enter an indoor recreation facility for most activities as of September 22, 2021. More information.

Wearing a mask in City facilities

Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces, including when entering the facility, in common areas, lobbies, washrooms, change rooms and hallways, as mandated by province-wide masking regulations.

We require that all clients wear masks except while exercising. 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.

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:

  • 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.
  • Equipment that is not regularly in contact with chlorinated water will be disinfected every four hours at minimum.

Additional safety measures at City fitness facilities

Participants may remove their masks and store them in a safe/secure space while actively engaged in an athletic or fitness activity, or when outdoors.

This includes:

  • weight and cardio rooms
  • during drop-in sports
  • public skating
  • fitness classes
  • on-ice activities
  • walking track.

Masks should be worn while transitioning between areas.

Examples:

  1. A participant may remove their mask during a workout in a weight and cardio room. If the participants stop their workout, leave the workout area or transition to another area of the building, they are expected to wear their mask.
  2. A participant may remove their mask during a drop-in basketball activity, pickleball, badminton etc. When the activity is over, or if they leave the area to visit the changeroom, approach a staff member with a question or fill their water bottle in the lobby, they are expected to wear their mask.

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 n/a
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

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