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Events and Specials

Ottawa Fit 150

Celebrate Canada’s Birthday

In order to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, participating recreation centres across Ottawa will be hosting 150 special fitness events. These 150 special events and programs will run from June 3 to December 31, 2017.

Special Events

​Don’t forget to take pictures and share your experiences on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #OttawaFit150.

Group Fitness

Date Event Location Time Fee Description
October 23 Beatlemania - Fitness Room François Dupuis Recreation Centre  6:45 am to 9:30 pm Drop in Fee or Membership From opening to close, the fitness room will play classic hits from The Beatles! 
October 28 Interval Training - Costume Madness Plant Recreation Centre 8:45 to 9:45 am Drop in Fee or Membership In time for Halloween join us for a sweaty interval based workout – in costume of course!
October 31 Zumba Dance off in Costume Kanata Leisure Centre 7:30 to 8:30 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Show us your rhythm and beats!  Dress up and join us in a Latin inspired dance off!
October 31 Disco Fever TMC François Dupuis Recreation Centre  6:30 to 7:30 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Total Muscle Conditioning inspired by the era of Disco
November 28 80's Throwback TMC François Dupuis Recreation Centre 6:30 to 7:30 pm Drop in Fee or Membership Total Muscle Conditioning 80’s style.
December 10 Reindeer Bootcamp Challenge St-Laurent Recreation Complex 10:30 to 11:30 am Drop in Fee or Membership Antlers required! Join this bootcamp challenge inspired by the Christmas season!


Date Event Location Time Fee Description
October 27 Zombie Indoor Cycle Greenboro Community Centre 9 to 10 am Drop in Fee or Membership This scary ride will take you through a Halloween themed journey.  Dress up and come ride!
October 30 Zombie Ride Kanata Leisure Centre 7:45 to 8:45 am Free This scary ride will take you through a Halloween themed journey.  Dress up and come ride!
December 12 Christmas Spin with Baby Ray Friel Recreation Complex 10:30 am to 11:30 am Drop in Fee or Membership Bring your baby and enjoy this Christmas inspired indoor cycling class!
December 20 Reindeer Ride Kanata Lesiure Centre 7:45 to 8:45 am Drop in Fee or Membership Join this Christmas inspired indoor cycling ride.  Carrots and Antlers required!

Other Special Events

Date Event Location Time Fee Description
October 14 Family Roller Disco Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park

5 to 7 pm, 

8 to 10 pm


Want a blast from the past? Join us for a retro family roller disco with an awesome DJ! Rental skates are available in advance from the Ottawa Quad Rollerskating Club. Children 14 years and under are required to attend with an adult.

October 22 Zombie Run Ray Friel Recreation Complex 1 to 6 pm Drop in Fee or Membership This team relay will keep your blood pumping as you make a dash for safety. Teams are to complete a 42km segment in this zombie infested course before time runs out.
November 10 50's Day Kanata Leisure Centre Regular Operating Hours Drop in Fee or Membership Join the Kanata Leisure Centre Team in supporting the 50’s, all are welcome to come in your 50’s wear… be it your hair or your flare? Enjoy 50’s music all day long!
December 23 Reindeer Run Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven 9:05 to 10:05 am Drop in Fee or Membership Join this Christmas inspired indoor cycling ride.  Carrots and Antlers required!

150th Birthday Swim

Jump in and Swim! Participate in the 150th Birthday Swim by swimming 150m at your favourite city swimming pool and share your achievements with us using #150BirthdaySwim and #OttawaFit150.

After you’ve completed the swim you will receive a certificate and your name on the Birthday Swim Wall of Fame.

Big band dances

Swing the night away

Big Band Dances

 Enjoy the sounds of Ottawa’s best Big Bands at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (Lakeside Gardens), Britannia Park.

Enjoy the sounds of Ottawa’s best big bands at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, in Britannia Park. No dance experience necessary; singles and couples welcome! Dress is casual, but if you are celebrating a special event, black tie is optional! We have lots of room for dancing plus we are wheel chair accessible.

Doors open at 6:30 pm with the band playing from 7 to 11 pm.

Reasonably priced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages by the Newport Restaurant, cash only please. Keep up your energy for dancing with a light buffet of sandwiches, fruit platters, dessert squares, tea and coffee halfway through the evening.

2017 Dances

  • October 12 - Harvest Moon featuring, The Monterey Swing Band (Barcode: 1107842)
    • Dinner and dance: $45.50 (Barcode: 1107847)
  • December 7 - Yuletide Ball featuring The Pharaohs (Barcode: 1107854)


  • $20 per person in advance
  • $24 per person at the door


Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre 

Want to learn or brush up on your ballroom dancing skills or purchase tickets online? Recreation Guide.

Sponsored by

Riverpark Place & Stillwater Creek Retirement Residences, Biagio's Italian Kitchen, Baja Burger Shack, Newport Restaurant, The Musicians' Association of Ottawa-Gatineau, The Lakeside Players, Ottawa Valley Tours, and Fifty Five Plus Magazine.

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 the facilities below for more information.

Fisher Park Community Centre

Goulbourn Recreation Complex

Nepean Sportsplex

Ray Friel Recreation Complex

Walter Baker Sports Centre

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. 

Please note that the elevator at Entrance 4 is out of service and being repaired. Access is provided through the ramp at the squash courts entrance.

November 2 to 5, 2017

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

Show hours

Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm
Friday, 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm

FREE Parking! 


Adults, $5
Seniors and youth, $3
Children (under 12) free
2 for 1 admission Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm

Artists and artisans

5 Canucks - Texting Mittens and Ponytail Toques
A Slice of the North - Handcrafted jewellery
AEA Originals by Andrea - Original Designer Jewellery
All About Your Birthday - Astrological Jewellery and Personalized Pendants
All Through the House - Textile Sculpture
Amber Goes Violet - Felted Creations
Aromas Naturales Inc - Fragrances and Ceramic Diffusers
Arpents Vert Alpaca - Alpaca Clothing
Arrowsmith Leather - Leather Bags, Belts and Accessories
Babywrappers (Pisces Design) - Baby Bath Wraps and Accessories
Bailey Brown Pottery - Functional Pottery
Bee by the Sea Natural Products Inc. - Body Care Products Made with Sea Buckthorn
Brian Hughes Designs - Hardwood boxes, Cutting Boards and Serving Trays
Bruce County Nut and Fudge Co. - Belgian Chocolate Apples, Fudge and Nuts
Calico Black Studio - Interpretive Photography
Carmichael Meats - Smoked Specialty Meats
Carol Norris Photography - Wildlife, Nature and Landscape Photography
Catharine's Heritage Santa Dolls - Heritage Santa Dolls
Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Artisanal Chocolate and Sweets
Cindy Laneville - Mosaic Glass Creations
Comfee Living - Hand-Made and Therapeutic Comfee Cushions
Cooks Gourmet and Hard Cider Kitchen - Tapenades, Oils, Sauces and Herbs
Cori Lee Marvin - Marvindale - Watercolour Art
Creations Grande Ourse - Satin etched drinking glasses
Creations Lise - Pet Accessories
DaBaby - Screen printed children's clothes
D'aku Designs - Clothing and Accessories
Danny Pollak Accessories - Antique Style Jewellery
De l'arbre à votre table - Hardwood Cutting Boards
DW Art Studio - Live Portraiture
Earth to Body - Creams, soaps, lotions and spa products
Ed Ambros Art - Original Art
Eklektika - Tapestry, Totes, Purses
Everything Nice - Tasty and Tantalising Meal Kits
Fine Wood Ornaments - Wood Christmas Ornaments
Francesco's Coffee Company - Artisan Coffee Roaster
Frank's Catering and Baked Goods - Homemade Baked Goods and Frozen Foods
Funk Your Junk - Unique Recycled Products
Funky Vinyl Art - Items Made from Vinyl Records
Fusion Art - Fused Glass Ornaments
Gourmet Pleasures Gourmet - Jams, Jellies and Chutneys
Grazyna Jankowska - Handmade Silver Jewellery
Greyweathers Press - Letterpress Books and Prints
GÜ Krea..Shun - Leather Belts, Purses, Clothing and Accessories
Harmony Prints Inc - Fine Art -Watercolours
Henderson Farms - Gourmet Jams and Jellies
HerSan - Handmade Ornaments
In a Box Creations - Hand-made children's fleece coats and baby/toddler leather shoes
Jaboli II - Fashion Jewellery
Jane Snider Pottery - Functional Colourful Pottery
Joseph Henri - Hardwood Cutting and Serving Boards
Joshua Tree Jewellery - Semi-Precious Jewellery
Judi Myers Studio - Hand-Painted Glass
Judy Joannou Designs - Women's Designer Clothing
Just Because - Lunch bags, adult and children's purses
Just Me - Creative Sewn Accessories
Karen Bernard - Paper Art
Kinderhook Crafts - Decorative Paintings and Home Décor
Krazy Kitty - Cat toys, catnip blankets and beds
Kricklewood Farm - Sunflower Oil Products
Kül Werks - Everlasting Candle Lanterns
La Confiserie Wakefield - Jams, Chutneys, Fudge, Maple
La Glasserie - Hand-Blown Glass Ornaments and Candle Holders
La Petite Paysanne - Black Currant Jams, Jellies, Syrup and Salad Dressing
Lanark Sheepskin - Sheepskin Slippers, Hats and Mitts
Lasudaho - Recycled Fur Hats and Mitts
Le Saladier - Wood Turned Salad Bowls and Ornaments
Les Seaux GADI - Handcrafted Wood Buckets
Levair's Woodworking - Custom Furniture, Wood and Antler Pens
Lobel Creations - Exclusive Ammolite and Pearl Jewellery
Log House Cottage - Hand-Dyed Yarn, Kits and Knitwear
Lynn's Aprons and Crafts - Handmade Aprons and Bibs
Mad Cap Hats - Hats, Scarves and Mitts
Manitoulin Crafts / Hawberry Farms - Gourmet Food Products
Michaels Glass Creations - Glass blown jewellery, figurines, sculptures
Mickey's Creations - Bark Carving
Moose Creek Co - Handmade Hats, Wraps, Mitts and Scarves
Muskoka Pewter - One-of-a-kind lead-free pewter pieces of meticulous quality and exquisite detail
Myrosia Humeniuk - Traditional Pysanky and Whimsical Acrylic Paintings
Northern Smittens - One-Of-A-Kind Felted Wool Mittens
Of Stone and Metal - Fine and Fashion Jewellery
Paintings to Order - Original Paintings
Pargem Designs - Gemstone Jewellery and Accessories
Parqizrs - Mobiles and Metal Jewellery
Pat's Baby Corner - Handmade Baby Clothing
Peggy's Passions - Original Jewellery and Semi-Precious Stones
Perfect Pillow Co. (Buckwheat) - Buckwheat Pillows
Pet Creations - Pet Clothing and Accessories
Pine Lodge - Homemade Baked Goods
Preferably Purses - Unique Up-Cycled Purses
Quilts and Creations - Home Décor and Baby Items
Raffaelle Rotondo - Marble Sculpture
Rebecca Menard - Whimsical Acrylic Paintings
Riverlights Stained Glassworks - Stained Glass Fusion Giftware
Rue Royale Stone - Cast Stone Sculpture
S. Cross Creations - Women’s and Children's Clothing and Accessories
Satin Creations - Satin Accessories
ScarfLady - GemLace™ fashion scarves
See More Bears - Memory Teddy Bears
Sew Kool - Tote Bags and Accessories
Shoes and Champagne - Designer shoe clips
Silks By George - Hand-Painted Silks
Simply Devine Paverpol - Indoor, Outdoor Textile Sculptures
Skinlicious Soaps - Exquisite Soaps, Bath and Body Products
Smocking + Knitting by Jan - Hand Smocked Lady’s and Children’s Clothing
Solar Woodcuts - Hand-Crafted Wooden Fretwork
Spoon Art - Recycled Silverware
Sprague Woodturning - Inlayed Wooden Bowls, Salt and Pepper Mills, Spoons
Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co. - Natural Shortbread Cookies
Sticklings Specialty Bakery - German Christmas Cakes
Stone Era / Ere de Pierre - Jewellry from natural stones, minerals and material
Stony Lake Bear Co. - Collector Quality Teddy Bears
Sun Sweet Catering - Hummus and Garlic Spreads
Syb Collection - Fresh-Water Pearl Jewellery
The Art of Nova Scotia - Canadian Hand-made art
The Bean Ladies Inc - Bean Soups and Roasted Nuts
The Little Russia - Russian Folk Art and Collectibles
The Sun Works - Clothing Glows In The Dark / Changes Colour in the Sun
The Whimsical Geek - Wire Art, Jewellery, and Accessories
The Wild Wood - Wildlife Photography
The Windmill of Provence - Functional and decorative, hand-painted stoneware
Tivoli Quilt Creations - Art Quilts and Quilted Products
Tom Evans Woodcrafts - Wood Crafts
Tracy's Wine Jellies - Wine Jellies, Drizzles and Spreads
Two Bite Sweets - Christmas Cookies, Gingerbread and Stollen
VC Jewellery - Sterling Silver and Gemstone Jewellery
Verreglas - Fused Glass Plates and Bowls
Victorian Essence - Loose Leaf Teas and Lavender Body Products
Village Treats - Handcrafted Chocolate
Wicked Gourmet Accents Ltd. -  Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets
Woodline Creations - Wood Turned Pens and Shaving Sets
Woolens for Ewe - Accessories from Recycled Wool

New Applicants

Please complete the application form for the 2017 Christmas Craft Show.  Deadline for receiving new artisan applications is March 31, 2017. For information, send a request to