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Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex - Orléans

This multipurpose facility provides users with a wide selection of services and amenities including a six-lane pool, diving boards and therapeutic pool.

The complex also houses the Elizabeth Manley Figure Skating Arena, the Roger Sénécal Arena, squash and racquetball courts and a fitness center. A variety of recreation programs are offered including fitness, fitness classes, summer camps, indoor cycling, aqua fitness, swimming lessons and general interest programs.


1490 Youville Drive
Ottawa, ON K1C 2X8

Customer service
613-580-9600 extension 32821

City facilities have begun a phased-in approach of reopening. Please visit Ottawa’s Reopening Plan webpage for current information on services being offered.

  • On site parking
  • Public computers

Browse swimming schedules at Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex - Orléans.

To browse registered programs available City-wide, visit our online Recreation Guide PDFs.

To search registered programs available at this facility, please visit JOINOttawa.

Facility includes:

  • Therapeutic pool, warm water with accessible personal pool lift
  • Elizabeth Manley International Skating Centre
  • Roger Sénécal Arena

Fitness Centre

  • Cardio theatre
  • Weight room
  • Aerobic studio
  • Indoor cycling room
  • Six squash courts
  • Three racquetball courts


Eight meeting rooms and halls

Accessibility features

The accessibility features of this facility are detailed below. While the City of Ottawa is constantly working to improve access, please note that not all parts of every facility are necessarily 'accessible for all' as facilities were built to meet accessibility standards of their time.


  • 9 designated accessible parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance
  • 45 metres from parking space to the door

Passenger Loading Zone

  • Access aisle
  • Cut curb
  • Hazard indicator


  • 3 accessible entrances
  • Entrances marked with the International Symbol of Accessibility
  • Ramp
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage
  • Automatic door opener
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator


  • Automatic door access to interior areas
  • All public spaces on accessible path of travel
  • Ramps or elevators to all levels
  • Accessible seating available
  • Wheelchair available to patrons

Reception desk

  • Accessible counters
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair
  • Swipe access from seated position

Floor Surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces
  • Low pile carpet


  • Directional signs
  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage
  • Large lettering


  • Accessible washroom on all floors
  • Automatic door opener
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lowered hand dryers
  • Large stalls to allow transfers


  • Access to all floors
  • Wide doorway
  • Visible and audible door indicators
  • Raised and Braille lettering


  • Hearing aid compatible public phone (with volume control)
  • Phone equipped with a telecommunications device for the deaf (TT/TTY/TDD)
  • Accessible path


  • Stairs with no-slip surface
  • Good colour contrast
  • Continuous hand rails


  • 2 Pools
  • Therapeutic (or warm water) pool. 88 to 90°F, 31°C to 32°C temperature  
  • Water wheelchair available
  • Lift equipped (1 portable PAL lift, 1 hydraulic lift) 
  • Weight limit of pool lift 300lbs and 450lbs
  • Pool depth at lift access 1.07m
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool

Pool Change Room

  • 8 barrier free stalls
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lowered hand dryers
  • Roll-in shower access
  • Seat in the shower
  • Child change tables
  • Adult change tables
  • Universal (gender-neutral) change room
  • Benches in the accessible change room stalls
  • Hand-held shower head
  • Grab bars in the accessible stall

Fitness / Weight Room

  • Accessible cardio equipment
  • Accessible weight equipment
  • Automatic door opener 
  • Fitness room on both floors
  • Accessible route through weight room
  • Easy access to weight/cardio equipment
  • Lowered water fountain

Fitness Change Room

  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered hand dryers
  • Roll-in shower access
  • Seat in the shower
  • Hand-held shower head
  • Automatic door opener 

Learn more about Inclusive Recreation and accessible services.