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Nepean Sportsplex

The Nepean Sportsplex is a multi-purpose facility serving residents and visitors to Ottawa for over 40 years. The Nepean Sportsplex hosts 30-plus regional, provincial, national and international sporting events as well as 35 special events per year. Our facility serves over 1.5 million clients annually, who enjoy any of the following amenities: An impressive aquatic centre with a 50 metre Olympic pool with diving towers and springboards, a 25 metre family pool, a children’s wading pool and a therapeutic whirlpool. The centre also features three North American size rinks: The Yzerman and the Allen J. MacDonald arenas, and a 10 sheet curling centre. A 3,000 sq. feet weight room and fitness centre including four squash courts, a studio and gymnasium as well as a large outdoor Sports field area featuring two baseball diamonds, a soccer field, the Minto sports field turf, a lawn bowling turf and pavilion as well as outdoor fitness trails.

With 18 meeting and banquet rooms ranging from 468 to 8,640 sqft. and available space of 62,000 sqft. for conventions, the Nepean Sportsplex has become known as a top-notch location to hold tradeshows and special events including the annual Christmas craft show.

Our Seniors Centre offers activities for retired adults 50+, while the Visual Arts Centre provides all levels of visual arts programs. General interest programs complete the options available.

To receive the Nepean Sportsplex program guide by email, please send a request to


Location and Contact

1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, ON K2G 1W2


Aquatics - option 5
Athletics - option 1
Seniors Recreation / Visual Arts Centre - option 2
Hall Rentals - option 4

Hours of Operation

Aquatics Centre

  • Monday, 6 am to 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, 7 am to 9 pm
  • Wednesday, 6 am to 9 pm
  • Thursday, 6:30 am to 9 pm
  • Friday, 6 am to 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm

Athletics Centre

  • Monday to Thursday, 6 am to 10 pm
  • Friday, 6 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, 8 am to 9 pm​

Seniors / Visual Arts Centre

  • Monday to Wednesday, 8:30 am to 10 pm
  • Thursday and Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, closed
  • Sunday, noon to 4 pm​

Facility Features

  • Free public Wi-Fi
  • On site parking
  • Public computers

Drop-in Activities

Browse the listing of drop-in activities


Browse the listing of rental spaces.

Register for Activities

To browse registered programs available City-wide, visit our online Recreation Guide PDFs.

To search registered programs available at this facility, please visit JOINOttawa.

Additional Information

Facility features

Aquatic Centre

  • 50-metre Olympic pool with diving towers and springboards
  • "Beach-like" entry children’s wading pool
  • Warm water 25-metre leisure pool with ramp and stair entry
  • Therapeutic whirlpool with ramp and stair entry
  • Preschool toys and play structures
  • Seating for 750
  • Facility has a Male Change room
  • Facility has a Female Change room
  • Facility has a Universal Change room

The Nepean Sportsplex Aquatic Centre is divided into seven pool areas. Not all pool areas are open during each swim.

Regular Pool Setup

Long Course Setup
Daytime: Fall/Winter/Spring

Nepean Sportsplex Aquatic Centre

  • Arenas
    • Three North American size arenas, including the Steve Yzerman (seating 2200) and the Allen J. MacDonald arenas.
  • Athletic Centre
    • Cardio theatre
    • Weight room
    • Fitness studio
    • Gymnasium
    • Four squash courts
  • Curling Rink
  • Foyer Gallery
  • Halls
    • 18 Meeting and banquet rooms 470 to 8,640 sq feet
    • Convention and trade show space up to 62,000 sq feet
    • On-site catering - Tulips and Maple Inc., 613-723-7103
  • Lawn Bowling Centre and Pavilion
  • Seniors Centre
    • Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
    • Membership fee is $26.50 for a full calendar year.
    • Call the Seniors Centre Coordinator at 613- 580-2828, option 2
  • Sports Fields
    • Minto sports field (turf)
    • Two ball diamonds
    • Soccer field
    • 3km fitness trail
  • Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy Centre

Birthday party packages

Our themed parties come with a qualified and energetic City of Ottawa program leader, or as we call them, Party Host, as well as a party room and crafts and games or both!

All parties are 2 hours long. You are welcome to come 15 minutes early to decorate. The first hour of the party is coordinated by our Party Host. The second hour is set aside for you to serve food, cake and presents in the party room. Our Party host stays with you throughout the second hour to help you with party activities. 

The themed birthday parties are available from September to June.

Dates and times are on a first come first serve basis so book early for more options.

Let us take care of the mess!

Theme parties

  • Preschool party (1 to 3 years)
  • Pirates and princesses (3 years +)
  • Super hero kid (3 years +)
  • Just wanna have fun (4 years +)

Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 pm or 4 to 6 pm

10 guests - $181, 15 guests - $240.45, 20 guests - $307.55

Sports Parties

  • Ball hockey (3 years +)
  • Sports spectacular (5 years +)
  • Nerf® (5 years +)
  • Extreme survivor (7 years +)

Sunday from noon to 2 pm or 4 to 6 pm

10 guests - $181, 15 guests - $240.45, 20 guests - $307.55

Specialty parties

  • Create your own adventure (1 year +)
  • Dance party (2 years +)

Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 pm or 4 to 6 pm

10 guests - $195.05, 15 guests - $260, 20 guests - $335.70

Party descriptions

Preschool party
Let us entertain your little ones with songs, stories, games and more.

Pirates and princesses
Children will get the royal treatment or go on a hunt for treasure.

Super hero kid
Children will go beyond the call of duty and perform special super hero activities and games.

Just wanna have fun
Children will enjoy the ultimate experience with music, crafts, games and more.

Ball hockey party
An all-out hour of fun playing ball hockey in the gymnasium.

Sports spectacular
Pick up to three sports for children to play during the hour in the gymnasium. Sports include soccer, dodge ball, ball hockey, basketball and more.

Children will get to have a Nerf® battle among friends. You supply the equipment and we supply the gym and games.

Extreme survivor party
Teams compete in a series of group challenges. Who will be the ultimate survivor?

Create your own adventure
Do you have a special theme that highlights your child's interest? We are here to put your plan into action.

Dance party
Children will groove to the music with a mini lesson in hip hop, tap, jazz, ballet or creative movement.

Guest Breakdown:

  • 10 guests = birthday boy/girl and up to 10 guests
  • 15 guests = birthday boy/girl and up to 15 guests
  • 20 guests = birthday boy/girl and up to 20 guests

Book your party today!​

Phone: 613-580-2424 ext. 21236

Curling Centre

The Curling Centre is currently closed and will reopen October 2018.

The Nepean Sportsplex Curling Centre is the only public curling facility in the Ottawa area welcoming all levels of curlers. Join one of our many leagues or pay as you play.
Phone: 613-580-2828 option 1


  • Ten sheets of ice
  • Curling lessons and clinics
  • Curling leagues
  • Brooms available at no extra charge
  • Lockers available but please bring your own lock
  • Spectators Bar and Grill
  • On-site catering - Tulips and Maple Inc., 613-723-7103

Christmas craft show

Find unique one-of-a-kind items at the Christmas Craft Show, featuring over 140 talented artisans, artists and designers and their creations including clothing, jewellery, gourmet food and Christmas decorations. 

613-580-2424 ext. 41238
Nepean Sportsplex
1701 Woodroffe Avenue

New applicants

Application forms for the 2018 Christmas Craft Show are due March 31, 2018.


August 2018

  • Psychic Fair
    • Aug 24 to 26​
    • Friday, 2 pm to 10 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm
    • Hall A, Entrance 3 at back parking lot

September 2018

  • Hot Tots Children’s Consignment Sale
    • Sep 8
    • 10 am to 4 pm
    • Admission: $2
    • Hall A and B, Entrance 3 at the back parking lot
  • Rock ‘N’ Roll Dance
    • Sep 15
    • 8 pm to 1am
    • Hall B, Entrance #3 at the back parking lot
    • Contact: Sheila Dudman, 613-823-2822
  • Ottawa Gem and Mineral Show
    • Sep 15 to 16
    • Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
    • Curling Rink, Entrance 4 at back parking lot
  • Ottawa Dolls, Toys, Teddies and Miniatures Show
    • Sep 16
    • 10 am to 3 pm
    • Hall  A, Entrance 3 at the back parking lot
  • Ottawa Pinball & Game Room Show
    • Sep 22 to 23
    • Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm
    • Hall A and B, Entrance 3 at the back parking lot
  • Ottawa Cat Show
    • Sep 22 to 23
    • 9 am to 4 pm
    • Curling Rink, Entrance 4 at back parking lot
  • Ottawa Geek Market
    • Sep 28 to 30
    • Friday, 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, 10am to 5pm
    • Curling Rink, Entrance 4 at back parking lot

October 2018

Accessibility features

The accessibility features of this facility are detailed below. While the City of Ottawa is constantly working to improve access, please note that not all parts of every facility are necessarily 'accessible for all' as facilities were built to meet accessibility standards of their time.


  • 30 designated accessible parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance
  • 30 metres from parking space to the door

Passenger Loading Zone

  • Access aisle
  • Cut curb
  • Hazard indicator


  • 4 accessible entrances
  • Ramp
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage
  • Automatic door opener
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator


  • Ramps
  • Wheelchair available for patrons

Reception desks

  • Accessible counters
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair

Floor Surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces
  • Low pile carpet


  • Directional signs
  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage
  • Large lettering


  • Lowered hand dryers
  • Lowered drinking fountains


  • Access to all floors
  • Visible and audible door indicators
  • Raised and Braille lettering


  • Hearing aid compatible public phone (with volume control)
  • Phone equipped with a telecommunications device for the deaf (TT/TTY/TDD)


  • Stairs with no-slip surface
  • Good colour contrast


  • Ramp access
  • Zero entry access point
  • Water wheelchair available
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool
  • Therapeutic (or warm water) pool
  • Accessible equipment for the pool

Pool Change Room

  • Barrier free stalls
  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • Roll-in shower access
  • Seat in the shower
  • Child change tables
  • Benches in the accessible change room stalls
  • Hand-held shower head
  • Grab bars in the accessible stall
  • Accessible equipment

Fitness Change Room

  • Barrier free stalls
  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lowered hand dryers
  • Roll-in shower access
  • Seat in the shower
  • Child change tables
  • Benches in the accessible change room stalls
  • Hand-held shower head

Learn more about Inclusive Recreation and accessible services