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Sledding hills

Due to current conditions, all toboggan hills are unsafe for sledding at this time. 

Winter helmet discount weekend – December 3 and 4, 2022 

The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health have partnered for a public awareness campaign with the goal of reducing sledding injuries. The campaign communicates ways to reduce risks when sledding and encourages participants to wear a helmet.  

Whether sledding, skating, skiing or snowboarding, a proper helmet can play an important role in decreasing the risk of serious head injuries in winter sports. Visit Ottawa Public Health’s website for information on helmet safety, including tips for selecting the right helmet for the activity.    

On the weekend of December 3 and 4, the following local retailers will be offering various discounted rates on winter helmets. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to get equipped for the winter season ahead.  

Bushtukah 

  • 203 Richmond Road, Ottawa  
  • 5607 Hazeldean Road, Stittsville  

Dinardo's Skis & Wheels 

  • 44 Northside Road, Ottawa 

Foster's Sports Centre  

  • 305 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario  

Kunstadt Sports  

  • 462 Hazeldean Road, Kanata  
  • 680 Bank Street, Ottawa  
  • 1583 Bank Street, Ottawa  

MEC Ottawa 

  • 366 Richmond Road, Ottawa  

Sporting Life  

  • 125 Marché Way Lansdowne Park, Ottawa  

Surf Side Ottawa  

  • 544 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa  

Reduce the risk of injury

Before sledding, always be sure to assess the weather and physical conditions of the hill to ensure it is safe for use. Avoid sledding when conditions are icy or hazards are present.

To reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others, practice the following:

  • Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Wear a CSA-approved safety helmet
  • Sled during daylight. If you are out at night, don’t slide unless the hill is well lit
  • Always sit or kneel facing forward on the sled
  • Walk up the side of the hill, not the middle
  • Keep your hands, arms and legs inside the sled to prevent injury
  • Alert (shout) if you observe another slider headed for danger
  • Keep a safe distance (15 m) from the sled ahead of you
  • Do not leave sleds or other obstacles on the hill
  • Construction of snow jumps and other obstacles is not permitted

If dangerous conditions exist, call 311 to report them to the City of Ottawa’s 24-hour Call Centre 311.

Call 911 if emergency assistance is required.

Sledding is a high-risk activity. Sled at your own risk.

The City of Ottawa does not accept responsibility for related risks or injuries.

Sledding hill locations

The interactive map and table below display's the locations of the City's sledding hills. The number of sledding hills listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. Navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Click on a sledding hill for more information about that location. Sledding hill information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Tennis and pickleball courts

Book a court

  1. Please email tennis@ottawa.ca with your rental request. 
  2. Include the name of your organization, contact name, contact information, name of court, the dates and times and any special instructions. 
  3. We will email you a contract along with information on how to pay. 
  4. Review, sign and return the contract to tennis@ottawa.ca. The contract is valid once we receive payment and a signed copy of the contract.

2022 rental rates

  • Adult: $10.60
  • Commercial or private: $19.45
  • Youth/child: $8.65

Use of tennis and pickleball courts

Browse the interactive map below for all City of Ottawa tennis courts lined for pickleball play.

Browse instructional tennis and pickleball programs.

Browse drop-in schedules for pickleball play.

Membership tennis courts and club contacts.

Court locations

The interactive map and table below display court locations. The number of courts listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Click on a court for more information about that location. Court information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Rent a sports field or ball diamond

About

The City owns and operates approximately 650 sports fields, including ball diamonds, cricket, soccer, football and ultimate fields. Each year, more than 270 organizations use the City’s sports fields.

Sports fields and ball diamonds are available to rent.

  • Weather-dependent, ball diamonds open on May 1 and sports fields on May 15.
  • A valid $2 million liability insurance certificate naming the City as an additional insured is required.

Bookings are for training and practice only at this time and will be conditional on groups following established health and safety protocols, including guidelines established by their sport’s governing body, physical distancing guidelines, and providing proof of valid liability insurance. 

Bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The City does not provide sporting equipment. You are responsible for providing your own equipment and having the field lined.

  1. Check availability by calling 613-580-2595 or emailing sports@ottawa.ca.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Please provide alternative locations as your preferred site may not be available or suitable for your event. Clearly indicate which locations are your second or third choice.
  4. Send the completed application form to sports@ottawa.ca. Please ensure that all fields have been filled out correctly.
  5. We will review the application form and, if needed, request more information regarding your event. This process varies in length of time.
  6. We will email you a contract an information on how to pay. Review, sign and return a copy to sports@ottawa.ca. The contract will be valid once we receive payment and a signed copy of the contract.
  7. On the day of your event, bring a copy of your contract and your receipt.

Please note: You cannot book artificial turf online. Please call 613-580-2595 or email sports@ottawa.ca.

2022 rental rates

Rates are hourly and include HST.

Facility category Rental rate Rental rate with lighting Rental rate Rental rate with lighting Rental rate Rental rate with lighting
  Minor Adult Commercial
Neighbourhood level 3A, 3B $6.95 $24.55 $35.35 $52.95 $37.20 $54.80
Community level 2A, 2B $8.25 $25.85 $39.90 $57.50 $41.85 $59.45
City level 1A, 1B $10.20 $27.80 $52.60 $70.20 $55.15 $72.75
Premium: Artificial turf prime time $88.35 $123.55 $150.05 $185.25 $162.05 $197.25
Premium: ​Artificial turf non-prime time $72.35 n/a $72.35 n/a $162.05 n/a
Premium: ​Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park $44.65 $99.50 $131.00 $185.82 $137.50 $192.35
Premium: ​Terry Fox Main, West and North $44.65 $99.50 $131.00 $166.20 $137.50 $172.70
Premium: ​Terry Fox Track and Field $62.40 $97.60 $132.25 $167.45 $137.45 $172.65

Rental definitions

  • Minor: 18 years and under
  • Adult: 19 years and older
  • Commercial: An activity that intends to generate a profit. This activity may involve selling goods or services or requiring a registration fee.
  • Artificial turf prime time: From April 1 to November 15, weekdays between 6 pm and 11 pm; on weekends and statutory holidays, from 8 am to 11 pm
  • Artificial turf non-prime time: From April 1 to November 15, weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm
  • Neighbourhood level 3A: A neighbourhood field next to a school or other neighbourhood attraction, suitable for use by junior leagues. Amenities consist of a single field that may be of regulation size and may include a parking lot.
  • Neighbourhood level 3B: A single field that may be of regulation size and may or may not have goal posts or outfield fencing, but is suitable for entry-level developmental leagues or for informal practices.
  • Community level 2A: A field (or group of fields used simultaneously) for adult and competitive league play. Amenities can include lighting, bleachers, parking and a field house.
  • Community level 2B: A field of regulation size for junior and adult recreational leagues. Amenities can include parking, a washroom, a field house and bleachers.
  • City level 1A: A showpiece field with facilities suitable for international or national level of play. Amenities can include lighting, bleachers, washrooms, a field house and parking.
  • City level 1B: A field with support facilities, such as change rooms, used by competitive players for matches and tournaments. Amenities can include washrooms, a field house, lighting, bleachers and parking.
  • Premium: A premium sports field with specialized amenities, such as specialized surfaces (artificial turf fields, baseball stadium, a track or enclosed compounds). Amenities can include lighting, bleachers, washrooms, a field house and parking.

Insurance

Insurance is required and can be obtained from the City of Ottawa. If you already have insurance, please provide us with proof of insurance by fax to 613-580-2683 or email to sports@ottawa.ca.

Cancellations

You must notify the City at least 30 business days prior to your rental date to change or cancel a rental.

Barbeques

The use of gas barbecues is permitted, provided they are installed a minimum of a five meters away from any building. Charcoal barbecues are permitted at designated sites only. Please contact your facility or park rental representative for more information.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park

Conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa, the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park boasts a semi-professional ball field and 800-space parking lot. The field and parking lot can be rented by sports clubs, community organizations, private or commercial groups and individuals from May 1 to October 15.

Stadium highlights

  • Grass field with Mar-Co clay
  • Left field: 325 feet (99 m)
  • Centre field: 404 feet (123 m)
  • Right field: 325 feet (99 m)
  • Alleys: 380 feet (120 m)
  • Washrooms available on site
  • Accessible

Skateboard and BMX parks

Locations

  • Bearbrook Community Centre/Leslie Armstrong Park, 8720 Russell Road
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Ben Franklin Place/Legacy Skatepark, Centrepointe behind Theatre District
    • 17,000 square feet
    • Large concrete bowl
    • Many street and vertical components
  • Berrigan Park, Treehouse Mike Memorial Skatepark, 51 Berrigan Drive
    • Flat concrete surface
    • More than 10 components
  • Blackburn Park, 190 Glen Park Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex - Orléans, SK8 Extreme Park, 1490 Youville Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • City-run programs: learn to skateboard and skateboard summer camps
  • Bridlewood Core Park, 65 Stonehaven Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Constance Bay Community Centre Park, 262 Len Purcell Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn, 1500 Shea Road
  • Greenboro Skatepark, 3142 Conroy Road
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Lansdowne Park, 450 Queen Elizabeth Drive
    • Flat surface
  • Manotick Arena, Centennial Park, 5572 Doctor Leach Drive
    • Flat surface
    • Eight components
  • McNabb Park, Charlie Bowins Skateboard Park, 435 Bronson Avenue
    • Flat concrete surface
    • More than 10 components (including a large half-pipe)
    • City-run programs: learn to skateboard and skateboard summer camps
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata, Innovation Skateboard Park, 4101 Innovation Drive
    • Large concrete bowl
    • More than 10 components (including many street and vertical components)
  • Splash Wave Pool, Trillium Park BMX Track, 2030 Ogilvie Road
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
    • BMX dirt track
  • Walter Baker Park, 100 Walter Baker Place
    • 7,000 square feet
    • Concrete bowl

Basketball courts

Outdoor basketball court locations

The interactive map and table below display the locations of the City's outdoor basketball courts. The number of courts listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. Navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Click on a basketball court for more information about that location. Basketball court information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Mooney's Bay Ski Centre at Terry Fox Athletic Facility

The Terry Fox Athletic Facility (at Mooney's Bay Park), located at 2960 Riverside Drive, has everything for cross-country skiers. You can enjoy 5 km of groomed and well-lit trails.

Ski centre features

  • 5 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate (freestyle) skiing techniques
  • Lit trails for night skiing
  • Free parking
  • Indoor change rooms and washrooms
  • Ski tuck shop
  • Free use of indoor wax benches and waxing irons (subject to availability)
  • Free information on equipment, clothing, waxing, trails and related services
  • Rentals by Lafleur de la Capital: 613-298-3775

Lessons

The cross-country ski school in Mooney's Bay Park usually offers lessons daily with convenient day and evening options. Special group packages are available.

  • Lessons for children, youth and adults from experienced and qualified instructors
  • Classes for all abilities from beginner to advanced
  • Classic or skate skiing lessons

Fees 2022

  • $3.75 per day
  • Adult season pass: $40.50
  • Child, youth, and senior season pass: $37.25

Trail conditions

View Mooney’s Bay Cross Country Ski Conditions.

Private lessons

Lessons are usually one hour long.

2022 fees

  • Customized one-on-one lesson: $89.25
  • Semi-private lesson with a friend or family members: $69 per person
  • Small group (5 people maximum): $156.75

To book your private lesson, submit a Private Instruction Request Form at Mooney's Bay Ski Centre or by email to TerryFoxAthletic@ottawa.ca. One of our instructors will contact you to discuss your goals and availability. For semi-private or small group lessons, all group members must pay at the same time to receive the discounted rate.