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Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven

Visit the City News section or the COVID-19: Status of Recreation and Culture services webpage for up to date information on service resumption

Elevator out of order until further notice. For assistance please call 613-727-2683.

The Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven was recently listed by Chatelaine Magazine as one of the top 10 best indoor pools in Canada! Read the Best Indoor Pools in Canada Article.

The Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven includes a six lane, 25 metre lap pool with three metre and one metre diving boards, a Tarzan Rope and an access ramp (Pool Rentals, please contact Two NHL sized ice rinks (one rink is accessible), with accessible change rooms (please contact City Wide Allocations for ice rentals).

Outside find an artificial turf sports field designed to meet CFL and FIFA design standards (please contact City Wide Allocations for field rentals).

Artwork suspended from the ceiling named Mr. Kurokawa. 

Minto, an active sponsor of community initiatives, is proud to be associated with the City of Ottawa's Community Champions Program.

3500 Cambrian Road (Traffic circle of Cambrian Road and Greenbank Road)
Ottawa, ON K2J 0V1

Please contact the facility by phone or email for information on opening hours and washroom availability.

  • Free public Wi-Fi
  • On site parking

The move to Shutdown status across the province will temporarily close City-managed recreation and cultural facilities for most indoor activities, limit the capacity at outdoor recreation amenities and suspend in-person City counter services. Shutdown comes into effect on Saturday, April 3 at 12:01 am.

The following recreation and cultural programs will temporarily suspend operations:

  • All reserved recreation activities – including indoor skating, swimming (public and lane swims), cardio-weight rooms, sports activities – team play and practices, select cultural programs that operated by reservation only, and indoor fitness classes


  • Select the button below to reserve your spot. Available sessions for the next two days will be displayed in green.
  • Reserve your space as of 6 pm for up to two days in advance.
  • Please show up no more than 15 minutes prior to your reservation.
  • Your spot is reserved up to 10 minutes after the start of the session.
  • You can reserve one session per day.
  • If you are unable to reserve a spot online, you can make a walk-in reservation on the day of, if there are spaces remaining. To avoid disappointment, we strongly encourage you to reserve your space online.
  • Payment can be made on-site.
  • You can book a maximum of:
    • 6 spaces at a time for public swims.
    • 2 spaces at a time for cardio and weight sessions, lane swims, older adult activities and sports drop-ins.
    • 4 spaces at a time for outdoor rinks and public skating.
  • Pickleball, badminton and table tennis: As of March 29, doubles play is no longer permitted due to provincial regulations.

Helpful info:

Public skating at indoor arenas

  • Payment for public skating is accepted in exact change only.
  • Skate sessions are 50 minutes long.
  • No spectators are permitted except for one parent or guardian.
  • Children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by one parent or guardian – on-ice or as a spectator.

Some changes are coming to our drop-in reservation process!

  • You will soon be able to view session times in the front desk booking system for a week in advance. This will provide you with the most accurate view of available sessions.
  • Sessions will continue to be available for booking 2 days in advance.
  • The full schedules in chart format will no longer be posted on If you are looking for a full schedule, please feel free to contact the facility of your choice and request a copy be sent to you via email.

We are continuing to make improvements to our booking system to ensure a positive experience for our clients, and can’t wait to share more exciting enhancements with you in the coming months. 

For rental availability and information, please call the facility.

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

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

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.


  • 6 designated accessible parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance with access aisle
  • 31 metres from parking space to the door

Passenger Loading Zone

  • Access isle
  • Cut curb


  • 2 accessible entrances/doors
  • Accessible entrances clearly marked 
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage
  • Automatic door operator
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator


  • Automatic door access to all public areas of the facility with the exception of two public washrooms by the front desk
  • Public spaces are on accessible path of travel
  • Ramps and elevators to all levels
  • Accessible seating available
  • Wheelchair available for patrons

Reception desks

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

Floor Surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces
  • Low pile carpet


  • Directional signs
  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage
  • “Way Finding”
  • Large lettering


  • On all floors
  • Automatic door operators on all washrooms with the exception of two public washrooms by the front desk
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lowered hand dryers
  • Lowered drinking fountains
  • Large stalls to allow transfers


  • Access to all floors
  • Wide doorway
  • Located near the Arena hallway
  • Visible and audible door indicators
  • Raised and Braille lettering


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


  • 2 Pools, 84°F to 88°F, 29°C to 31°C temperature
  • Therapeutic (or warm water) pool
  • Both have ramp access
  • Zero entry access point
  • Water wheelchair available
  • Depth of pool 3.7 m, Shallow: 1.1 m
  • Lift equipped
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool
  • Accessible equipment
  • Lowered water fountain

Pool Change Room

  • Barrier free stalls in family change room
  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap 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 and/or adult change tables
  • Hand-held shower head
  • Grab bars in the accessible stall
  • Automatic door opener 

 Fitness/Weight Room

  • Accessible cardio equipment. Ie. Nu-Step, Recumbent Bike, Hand crank
  • Accessible weight equipment. Ie. Pulley system
  • Rubber Flooring
  • Fitness room on second floor
  • Accessible route through weight room
  • Easy access to weight/cardio equipment
  • Lowered water fountain

Fitness Change Room

  • Barrier free stalls
  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lowered hand dryers
  • Roll-in shower access
  • Seat in the shower
  • Child change tables
  • Benches in the accessible change room stalls
  • Adult change tables
  • Universal (gender-neutral) change room 
  • Hand-held shower head
  • Grab bars behind and on the side wall nearest the toilet in accessible stall
  • Automatic door opener 

Learn more about Inclusive Recreation and accessible services.