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Programs and courses

Swim, dance, learn a new game or hobby, or join a fitness class.

Find season-long programs and courses customized to older adults on Register Ottawa, the City of Ottawa’s registration site. You’re welcome to join any adult or family program but if you prefer, there are sessions tailored specifically for the 50-plus age group.

Older adult programs are easy to find using the search tool on Register Ottawa but for your convenience, a list of search results is below. If you’d like to do a more specific search, start by selecting older adults from this list and then narrow the results by selecting your preferred activity category.

For more information about registered programs, see Courses and Camps.

Free virtual programs

During the month of May and June, a series of free virtual programs tailored to adults aged 50 and over are available as part of Ottawa’s Older Adult Plan.

Participant fees appear on the website but are waived upon registration to the courses below. 


Coloured Pencils
  • Wednesdays, May 1 to 15
    • 9:45 am to noon
Nature Sketching
  • Wednesdays, May 1 to 15
    • 12:15 to 2:30 pm
Drawing – Level 1
  • Thursdays, May 2 to 16
    • 9:45 am to noon
Zen Doodling
  • Thursdays, May 2 to 16
    • 12:15 to 2:30 pm
Book Club
  • Thursdays, May 2 to December 12
    • 7 to 9 pm
  • Mondays, May 13 to December 9
    • 7 to 9 pm
Artist Connection
  • Thursdays, May 30 to June 27
    • 10 am to noon


  • Wednesdays, June 5 to 26
    • 9:45 to 10:55 am
Guitar – Level 1
  • Wednesdays, June 5 to 26
    • 10:45 to 11:55 am
Spirit of the Ancestors: Beadwork
  • Wednesdays, June 5 to 19
    • 9:45 am to noon
Nature Sketching
  • Wednesdays, June 5 to 19
    • 12:15 to 2:30 pm
Art Journaling
  • Thursdays, June 6 to 20
    • 9:45 am to noon
Drawing and Painting
  • Thursdays, June 6 to 20
    • 12:15 to 2:30 pm

Drop-in programs and descriptions

Drop-in to a nearby recreation centre for fitness, skating or swimming sessions or join in recreational games at a seniors' centre or community-run seniors' program.

Find schedules for City of Ottawa seniors' centres and recreation centres on their individual pages. Advanced registration may be required.

Call, stop in, or visit the websites of community-operated seniors' programs to find out what games and activities are being offered. 

Drop-in descriptions

Recreational games for older adults

  • Billiards: Sign-up for this strategic game on our billiard-snooker table. Please bring your own cue, balls will be provided.
  • Book club: Do you enjoy reading and discussing books with others - then come join our monthly club.
  • Carpet bowling: Take the outdoor game, indoors and enjoy this sport.
  • Canasta: A popular family favourite card game.
  • Contract Bridge: Come and enjoy playing this strategic card game while keeping score.
  • Craft club: Our drop-in activity provides you an opportunity to socialize while working on your own craft project. Bring your own supplies.
  • Cribbage: Fun and challenging card game for all.
  • Discussion group: enjoy a wide variety of topics brought forward by participants, gaining different points of view.
  • Dominoes: a great game to enjoy and meet others.
  • Duplicate Bridge: Play duplicate-style bridge in a relaxed, non-competitive setting. This event is non-ACBL sanctioned and great for those new to Duplicate Bridge.
  • Euchre: Enjoy this fun card game, and meet new friends.
  • Fun bridge: meet new friends while enjoying this strategic card game.
  • Instructional Bridge (Grant Standards): enjoy learning this strategic card game with our volunteer instructors. Learn as you play!
  • Learning / Lecture series: We will offer a variety of topics through presenters, online video or open discussion. Please call the centre you wish to attend for topic details.
  • Mah Jong: Enjoy this ancient game a bit like rummy, using tiles of wind, flowers, seasons and dragons, adding to the fun and challenge.
  • Meditation: Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness.
  • Movies: Looking to enjoy the latest movies? Sign up today. Please note that our movies are subject to availability and shown in Closed Captioning (CC).
  • Scrabble: Enjoy the company of others and exercise your brain with this ever-popular game.
  • Short mat bowling: played on a mat made of foam and is 40 to 45 feet long with a width of 6 feet. A wooden block sits in the centre of the mat. Players must avoid their bowl contacting the block on their way down the mat. The 'jack' is the target that sits near the end of the mat. All levels are welcome!
  • Shuffleboard: Bring a friend and get into the “shuffle!” this disc type game is lots of fun and easy to learn.
  • Sixty-Six: is a trick-taking game is which each trick consists of two cards.
  • Teddy bear club: Our drop-in activity provides you an opportunity to socialize while working on your own craft project. Bring your own sewing supplies.
  • Walking club: Join our friendly walking group for low-impact exercise. Good for your bones, tones your bones, tones your body and improves your overall fitness. Walking may take place indoors or out.
  • 500 Cards: a trick-playing game mixing elements of euchre and bridge.

Fees for seniors

Drop-in fees for seniors ages 65 and older - 2024

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

  • Fitness: $7.86 
  • Multi-visit fitness:     
    • 10-visit pass $68 
    • 20-visit pass: $125.83 
  • Sport: $4.16 
    • Multi-visit sport:  
    • 10-visit pass: $37.01 
  • Skating: $2.88 
  • Senior centre: $2.08 

Membership fees for seniors ages 65 and older - 2024

The all-inclusive membership includes weight and cardio, aqua fitness, swimming (including wave swims), group fitness, squash and racquetball, indoor cycling, public skating, and drop-in activities (Kindergym, badminton, basketball, open gym, pickleball, soccer, table tennis, volleyball).

Where to get a membership

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

All-inclusive memberships

Class A facilities
  • 1 month: $70.55 
  • 3 months: $139.01 
  • 6 months: $257.21 
  • 1 year: $443.65 
Class B facilities
Youth, student or senior
  • 1 month: $67.31 
  • 3 months: $133.23 
  • 6 months: $245.18 
  • 1 year: $443.65 

Pick one membership

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

  • Weight/cardio
  • Group fitness/indoor cycling
  • Squash/racquetball
Pick one membership for Class A facilities
  • 1 month: $53.89 
  • 3 months: $106.63 
  • 6 months: $194.99 
  • 1 year: $352.97 
Pick one membership for Class B facilities
  • 1 month: $24.74 
  • 3 months: $47.42 
  • 6 months: $87.43 
  • 1 year: $157.98 

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)

Active Living Club 50+

The Active Living Club promotes outdoor activities in a group setting for adults aged 50+ and seniors. Activities include cycling and hiking in spring, summer, and fall, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Our leaders will take you to locations throughout Ottawa and Gatineau to enjoy the trails, pathways, and landscapes that our region has to offer!

Active Living Club is not an instructional program. Participants must provide their own transportation to the starting locations. Schedules are e-mailed to the participants after registration.

Annual membership

Access all Active Living Club activities within a one-year cycle for $170.47 (ages 50 to 64) or $153.59 (age 65 plus). Please contact activeliving@ottawa.ca for more information or to register!


Get out and get active on our local bike paths with Tuesday or Thursday bike tours. Browse and register.


Get out and get active on the trails around Ottawa and Gatineau. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery while getting fit on the trails around Ottawa and Gatineau. Browse and register.

Active Living Club Try It

Free trial memberships are available through the Try It program. Visit a participating facility to sign up for a free Try It pass for the Active Living Club. 

Free fitness pass - Try It

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.


  • Weight and cardio rooms
  • Squash and racquetball courts
  • Aquafitness classes
  • Indoor cycling classes
  • Public skating sessions
  • Group fitness classes


  • 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

Seniors centres

City-operated seniors centres

English community-operated senior centres

French community-operated senior centres

Seniors clubs and groups

Organization name Contact name(s) Phone number(s)
Active Living Club activeliving@ottawa.ca 613-580-3575 
Age d'or St-Laurent Aurore Laniel 613-822-2514
Ashton Seniors Club John Gill 613-257-1326
Barrhaven Seniors' Council Don Winchester 613-440-3620
Blossom Park 50 Plus n/a n/a
Blossom Park Seniors Club n/a n/a
Carp Seniors Margaret Gibson 613-832-0981
C.O.S.C.A. Overbrook Senior Association n/a 613-742-5147
Centre Séraphin-Marion d'Orléans n/a 613-830-6436
Centre Francophone de Vanier n/a 613-746-0611
Centre Pauline Charron (Club 60) Léo Lavergne 613-741-0562
Club d'âge d'or Colombien de Vanier Maurice Gignac 613-745-7849
Club d'âge d'or Marie-Médiatrice Louise Régnier 613-741-9159
Club Optimiste Vanier Maurice Lamirande 613-748-7827
Club Pétanque de Sarsfield Fernand Leduc 613-835-2930
Constance and Buchman's Bay Community Association Len Russell 613-832-4694
The Council of Aging Ottawa Sarah Bercier 613-789-3577
Crystal Beach/Lakeview Friendship Club Judy Leeson 613-829-1083
Cumberland Township Pioneers Edith Nolan 613-487-2345
Fédération des aînées et des retraités francophones de l'Ontario Michele Guay, Directrice general 613-747-0469
Fitzroy Harbour Seniors Club Connie Reitsma 613-623-4170
Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre Mari Wellman n/a
Gloucester Senior Adults' Centre Sharon Oatway 613-749-1974
Gloucester South Seniors Centre Robert Cameron 613-822-0020
Greely Friendship Club Kay Johnston 613-821-2666
Heron Road Seniors Centre n/a 613-247-4802
Hobbs Seniors Club Ann McConnell 613-462-4082
Home Maintenance Program Community Resource Centre 613-591-3686
Huntley Friendship Club Frank Walsh 613-839-3063
Jock River Seniors Audrey 613-838-5304
Kanata Heritage Club Alfred Moore 613-591-9515
Kanata Senior Centre kanataseniorscentre@ottawa.ca 613-580-2980
Kanata Seniors Council Council@KanataSeniors.ca n/a
Kanata Seniors Lunch Program Community Resource Centre 613-591-3686
Kinburn and District Senior Citizens Jack Shaw 613-839-5326
Les Feuilles d'automne Janine Boisvert 613-833-2744
Merivale Seniors Joan Kidd, President 613-591-6255
Mouvement d`implication francophone d`Orléans - MIFO info@mifo.ca 613-830-6436
New Horizon Earl Burnett 613-825-3088
North Gower Walking Group - "Happy Hoffers" Keith Ramsay 613-489-3839
Orleans Legion 632 Seniors Club Pauline Messier Linda Brewin 1-613-882-3165 1-343-548-9519
Ottawa Public Education Retiree's Association O.P.E.R.A. Peter Norman, President 613-592-2816
People Meeting People Ottawa Fran Evans n/a
Pioneers Seniors Club John Chiviendacz 613-833-2275
Probus Club of Western Ottawa Peter Doyle n/a
Punjabi Seniors Group Charanjit Wadehra 613-592-2431
Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa General manager 613-834-6808
Retraite en Action Anne-Marie Laurendeau 613-860-1099, ext. 1
Richmond Golden Age Club Hilda Moore 613-838-2274
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 593 Seniors Club n/a 613-829-5417
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #638 n/a 613-591-5570
Sand Hills Seniors Club Frances Gentile 613-832-1588
Seniors' Centre Without Walls from The Good Companions Rachel Sutcliffe 613-236-0428
Seniors Euchre (Constance Bay) Al Baskin 613-832-1190
Senior Games Bill Duncan 613-832-4516
Sri Lanka Canada Association of Ottawa Seniors Group The Coordinator 613-700-4849
Stittsville 55 Club Joan David 613-836-7489
Stittsville Friendship Club Jocelyne Sauve 613-836-3060
Supporting Seniors Laura Polegato 613-295-1984
Top Generation Club John Saunders 613-487-2474
Vernon Friendship Club Daisy Robinson, President 613-821-2539
West Carleton Country Knitters Eleanor Reynaud 613-839-5403