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Gift certificates

With such a huge variety of registered programs, drop-in activities and membership options, a City of Ottawa gift certificate is a great choice for everyone.

They are not available for purchase online, but the value can be applied to an online account to be redeemed for later use when registering for a program online. Purchases can be made anytime during regular operating hours.

Where to purchase?

City of Ottawa theatres

Gift certificates for events at City of Ottawa theatres can be purchased through Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe and Shenkman Arts Centre websites or in-person during box office hours.

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Birthday party packages

Skip the work and plan your next birthday party with the City of Ottawa. Our recreation facilities offer a fun, safe and affordable place to party with friends and family. Private rooms, well equipped kitchens, and at some locations, even event coordinators are available. All your birthday parties can be simple and stress free. Contact your neighbourhood recreation centre for more information.

Party in our pool

Splish! Splash! Under the watchful eye of well trained lifeguards, our indoor swimming and wave pools offer group rates for the perfect spot to host a birthday party. Select pools have rooms to rent to complete the party with your snacks and cake. Contact your neighbourhood pool for more information.

Party on the ice

Slip on your skates for a private rental or join a public skating session! After enjoying your ice activity, rent a room at select arenas to serve your hot chocolate and cake. To book ice time contact our City Wide Allocations staff.

Specialized parties

Many recreation facilities offer themed or specialized parties to make your child’s birthday a special one! Qualified staff will customize games, sports and crafts for a perfect celebration! Our Arts Centres offer creative workshops such as multi-media, drama, jazz dance, pottery and even clowning! Contact your neighbourhood recreation centre for more information.

Tony Graham Youth Workout Pass

Tony Graham Automotive Group has partnered with the City of Ottawa for 10 years, to offer free weight and cardio-room passes for Ottawa youth ages 13 to 17.

To qualify for the free workout pass, youth ages 13 to 17 must be Ottawa residents, attend an orientation session and have a signed consent form from a parent or guardian.

The free youth workout pass is available in July and August each summer and is for weight and cardio-rooms only. 

Participating facilities (subject to change)

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