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Sports

Drop-in activities

You can now search for up to date drop-in activities at your local facility using our new search tool.

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.

Important information to note

  • The trail is open weather permitting – no reservation required
    • You will not receive a notification in the event of trail closure
    • Trail status can be found on the Terry Fox Athletic Facility webpage
  • It can take up to an hour to complete the trail

Ski centre features

  • 5 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate (freestyle) skiing techniques
  • Lit trails for night skiing
  • Free parking

Features unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions:

  • 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

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.

Check back for lesson offerings when restrictions are eased. 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

The City is not collecting fees while the indoor facilities are closed. When restrictions are eased and facilities reopen, the fee schedule will resume:

  • $3.75 per day
  • Adult season pass: $39.75
  • Child, youth and senior season pass: $36.50

Please note that City Council has approved two fee increases for 2021 registered programs, admissions, memberships and rentals: a 2.5% Cost of Living Allowance fee increase, and a temporary 1.95% fee increase to offset costs incurred due to COVID 19.

Trail conditions

View Mooney’s Bay Cross Country Ski Conditions.

Private lessons

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.

Check back for lesson offerings when restrictions are eased.

Lessons are usually one hour long with the following rates:

  • Customized one-on-one lesson: $87.50
  • Semi-private lesson with a friend or family members: $67.75 per person
  • Small group (5 people maximum): $153.50

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
Website: citywidesportsottawa.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.

Programs are offered from April through to October across the city.

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)

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. Participants will learn to balance, start, stop and turn. Two 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 – Two x 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).

Step 1: Complete the online application form, or pick one up at most staffed recreation facilities or at a Client Service Centre.

Step 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.

  • 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.