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City recreation and cultural facilities and amenities are now closed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all recreation and cultural facilities, including recreation complexes, community centres, arenas, swimming pools, theatres and museums are closed until further notice. The City is undergoing a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19.

Indoor and outdoor facility rentals

  • The City has cancelled all existing indoor rental agreements for the month of July.
  • The City will consider rentals of indoor space for up to 10 people on a case-by-case basis.

City facilities

  • Effective June 18 and as part of the Province of Ontario framework for re-opening the Terry Fox Athletic Facility will open with limited access for recognized organizations and athletes affiliated at the National and Provincial level for track and field only. The facility will remain closed for all other services.
  • City programs, including fitness classes, are cancelled until further notice.
  • Performances at Shenkman Arts Centre are suspended. Customers will be contacted regarding refunds and exchanges.
  • Performances at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe are suspended. Customers will be contacted regarding refunds and exchanges.

Arena rentals

All existing arena bookings from July 1 to August 31 have been cancelled. However, the following businesses and organizations may rebook ice time at select arenas for training amateur or professional hockey and figure skating athletes, or to run amateur or professional athletic competitions, in groups of 10 or less - adhering to Provincial gathering restrictions.

  • A national sport organization funded by Sport Canada or a member club of such an organization;
  • A provincial sport or multi-sport organization recognized by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture or a member club of such an organization;
  • A professional sport league or a member club of such a league.
  • A business or organization using the ice time to train amateur or professional athletes or to run amateur or professional athletic competitions.

Due to demand, the City is reopening some ice pads in July. The City has issued an invitation to all current permit holders to reapply for available July ice time. Only organizations that meet the requirements will be considered. Bookings will only be accepted by phone and email.

Teams must have:

  • Valid insurance
  • An attendance roster
  • Permission from a governing body

Fitness memberships

All City of Ottawa fitness memberships expiring in the month of July will be cancelled and clients will receive a prorated refund. Memberships expiring after July 31 will be re-evaluated at a later time. 

The City of Ottawa is undergoing a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about Ottawa’s reopening plan and new safety measures.

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

All recreation and cultural facilities, including recreation complexes, community centres, arenas, swimming pools, theatres and museums will be closed, until further notice.

Later this month, the City of Ottawa will begin a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19. More details will be provided as services resume. Learn more about Ottawa’s reopening plan and new safety measures.

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. Learn or improve your skills with our lesson packages for all levels in classic or skate skiing.

Ski centre features

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


The cross-country ski school in Mooney's Bay Park offers a great selection of lessons. They are offered daily with convenient day and evening options. Special group packages are available. Browse or register online.

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

Hours of operation

The facility is now open until early March (weather permitting) at the following times. Schedules are subject to change.

  • Monday to Friday: 9 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm


  • $3.50 per day
  • Adult season pass: $36.75
  • Child, youth and senior  season pass: $33.75

Trail conditions

View Mooney’s Bay Cross Country Ski Conditions.

Private lessons

Lessons are one hour long.

  • Customized one-on-one lesson: $83.50
  • Semi-private lesson with a friend or family members: $64.50 per person

To book your private lesson, submit a Private Instruction Request Form [ PDF - 205 KB ] at Mooney's Bay Ski Centre or by email to 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


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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

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!


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.

Step 1: Print the application form [ PDF - 546 KB ] at home, or pick one up at most staffed recreation facility or at a Client Service Centre.

Step 2: Complete the application form.

Step 3: 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 ($180 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.