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Sports

Proof of vaccination required

All visitors age of 12 and over must present proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter an indoor recreation facility for most activities, as mandated by provincial regulations. For youth who turn 12 in 2022, there is a grace period of 12 weeks from their birthday when they do not need to show proof of vaccination.

Required proof

  • As of January 4, 2022, the Ontario enhanced vaccine certificate (QR code) is the only option accepted for proof of vaccination.
    • Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine at least 14 days prior.
  • Valid identification that shows name and date of birth and has been issued by an institution or public body.
    • Photo identification is not required and the identification does not need to be government-issued.

Drop-in activities

To browse facilities offering sports drop-in programs and reserve your space, visit the drop-in activities webpage.

Mooney's Bay Ski Centre at Terry Fox Athletic Facility

Capacity limits effective December 26, 2021: Ottawa's Chief Medical Officer of Health has implemented a capacity limit of 25 people at one time for outdoor recreational facilities, unless otherwise posted. This includes ice rinks, sledding hills, ski trails, snowshoeing and fat-biking. 

The 25-person limit applies at points of potential congestion such as entrances, parking lots, changing areas, outdoor rental counters and trailheads.

Two-metre physical distancing rules apply. Indoor change rooms and clubhouses, excluding bathrooms, are to be closed to the public. Masking rules apply.

Please be considerate and limit your stay if others are waiting.

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

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.

City Wide Sports

Mission

City Wide Sports Logo

Our mission: Changing lives through the power of sport since 1985

City Wide Sports is dedicated to improving lives by offering inclusive sport and physical activity programs for everyone.

We can assist by:

  • Offering Women only leagues and lessons as part of City Wide Sports. We advocate and encourage females of all skill levels to participate in sport and physical activity as a player, coach or official
  • Offering an Active Living Club for participants 50+ years
  • Providing information on financial support to participate in sport

View the Recreation Guide.

Contact us
Call: 613-580-2854
E-mail: gws-ffs@ottawa.ca

Cycling education programs

Become more comfortable and confident on multi-use pathways, cycle tracks and the road, learning assertive cycling skills, traffic analysis, general bicycle maintenance, route planning and more. The City's cycling programs are conducted by certified Instructors. Our programs are oriented toward recreational and utilitarian cycling.

Got a Bike Club? Sign your group up for a lesson.

See you on the road the pathways and the cycle tracks!

Contact

Cycling education courses for children

Bike RODEO – ages 6 to 10 – 2 hours (by community request)

City of Ottawa Bike Rodeos are offered to schools and community groups free of charge by the City of Ottawa Mobile Cycle Education Team. A COVID-modified Bike Rodeo is an interactive bicycle skills and safety event for children from ages 6 to 10. Essential bicycle handling and traffic skills for young cyclists in a fun festival type atmosphere. Topics include helmet fitting, bicycle maintenance, handling, signalling, gears, braking, avoiding road hazards and more. Participants must know how to ride.

Learn to Ride Private Lessons – ages 6 and up

For children and youth who cannot ride a bike. Our COVID-modified Learn to Ride lessons will have adults and children riding confidently and safely in a very short time. Participants will learn to balance, start, stop and turn. 1-hour sessions are offered on a one to one basis. Participants must have a bicycle and helmet. Instructors will meet you at your local school parking lot.

Cycling education courses for adults

Adult Learn to Ride Private Lesson – 1 hour

For adults who cannot ride a bike. Learn to balance, start, stop and turn. One session, on a one-to-one basis. You must have a bicycle and helmet.

Financial support – Ottawa Hand in Hand

If you are already a participant in a community or social service agency program, if you are an individual or family with a low-income or a family member with a disability, you may qualify for the Ottawa Hand in Hand recreation and culture fee support program.

Only residents of the City of Ottawa may apply for the Ottawa Hand in Hand subsidy, on their own behalf or for a dependent wishing to participate in programs or activities offered by the Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department (RCFS). For additional information on Ottawa Hand in Hand, the City of Ottawa’s fee assistance program, residents are invited to visit their local recreation or culture facility or any City Client Service Centre.

Please note: applicants will be asked to provide proof of identity, residency and of financial need and should be prepared to provide copies of formal documentation.

Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Evidence of being in receipt of Ontario Works
  • Evidence of being in receipt of a Child Care Subsidy
  • Evidence of being in receipt of Essential Health and Social Supports
  • Evidence of being in receipt of Ontario Disability Support Pension (ODSP)
  • Evidence of being in receipt of Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD/MCSS)
  • Evidence of being in receipt of a Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
  • Means test using the Low Income Cut-Off
    • T451E Notice of Assessment or,
    • Child Tax Benefit Form
  • Special circumstances may also be considered (details to be provided in the application form).
  • Residents of all ages are eligible.
  • Residents are encouraged to apply as early as possible before the program registration period.
  • Each qualifying individual, or member of a family, is eligible for an annual amount of fee support ($200 per person).
  • Applicants are encouraged to pay a minimum of 25 per cent of the program cost.
  • A parent or guardian can transfer all, or a portion of their Ottawa Hand in Hand fee support entitlement to a child or children in their household.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application form, or pick one up at most staffed recreation facilities or at a Client Service Centre.
  2. Bring the completed application form to your local recreation or cultural facility.

A supervisor will review the application for approval. Applications can only be approved at a recreation or cultural facility.