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Walter Baker Sports Centre

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

Walter Baker Sports Centre in Barrhaven includes a fitness centre with treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, rowing machine, stair climbers, cable machines, free weights and independent sound system and televisions. Our pool is a 8-lane 25m pool; diving tank with two 1m and 3m diving boards; warm teaching pool with ramp access and preschool pool (email for pool rentals).

Two full-sized ice rinks (Arena A and B) with spectator seating (email City Wide Allocations for ice rentals).


100 Malvern Drive
Ottawa, ON K2J 2G5

Phone: 613-580-2788

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

  • Free public Wi-Fi
  • WIBIT - Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • On site parking

With the announcement of new provincial restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City has announced the temporary closure of indoor recreation and cultural facilities and the suspension of drop-in and registered programs and facility rentals. These restrictions take effect December 26 and will remain in place for 28 days.

For rental availability and information, please call the facility.

Please call 613-580-2788 to book Squash Courts.

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

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

Aquatics birthday party packages

Our birthday parties come with qualified staff, who lead the first hour in themed activities. The second hour is set aside for you to serve food, cake and presents in the party room. Available October to June. No Aquatic Birthday Parties at Walter Baker Sports Centre for the months of June, July and August 2019. Due to our Open Flame Policy, no open flame candles are permitted on birthday cakes

3 to 5 years

Dates and times

  • Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm to 3 pm​
  • Saturday and Sunday, 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Little Swimmers

  • $251.65 (includes liability insurance)
    • 1 to 8 children
    • 4 instructors included

6 to 12 years

Dates and times

  • Friday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Splash Swim Party

  • $174.35 (includes liability insurance)
    • 1 to 8 children
    • 2 instructors included
  • $216.30 (includes liability insurance)
    • 9 to 12 children
    • 3 instructors included

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.


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

Passenger Loading Zone

  • Cut curb
  • Hazard indicator


  • 3 accessible entrances
  • Ramp
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage
  • Automatic door opener
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator


  • Power door access to interior areas
  • Ramps
  • Accessible seating available
  • Wheelchair available for patrons

Reception desks

  • Accessible counters
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair

Floor Surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces
  • Low pile carpet


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


  • Washroom with power door opener
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered hand dryers
  • Lowered drinking fountains
  • Large stalls to allow transfers


  • Access to all floors
  • Located near main entrance
  • Raised and Braille lettering


  • Hearing aid compatible public phone (with volume control)


  • Stairs with no-slip surface
  • Continuous hand rails


  • 83°F, 28°C temperature
  • Ramp access
  • Zero entry access point
  • Water wheelchair available
  • Lift equipped
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool
  • Accessible equipment for the pool

Pool Change Room

  • Barrier free stalls
  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • 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 and or adult change tables
  • Grab bars in the accessible stall
  • Accessible equipment

Fitness Change Room

  • Barrier free stalls
  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • 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 and/or adult change tables

Learn more about Inclusive Recreation and accessible services.