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Fitness

Try it for free

Claim your free fitness pass now by visiting a participating facility and sign-up for free. 

Your free pass gets you three visits to participating City of Ottawa Facilities, where you can try out:

  • weight and cardio rooms,
  • squash and racquet ball courts,
  • aquafitness classes,
  • indoor cycling classes,
  • public skating sessions, and 
  • group fitness classes

No appointment needed.

Participating Facilities

  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex - Orleans
  • Brewer Pool
  • Canterbury Recreation Complex
  • Champagne Pool
  • Deborah Anne Kirwan Pool
  • François Dupuis Recreation Complex
  • Goulburn Recreation Complex
  • Greenboro Community Centre
  • Heron Road Community Centre
  • Hunt Club-Riverside Community Centre
  • Jack Purcell Pool
  • Kanata Leisure Centre
  • Lowertown Pool
  • Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven
  • Nepean Sportsplex
  • Pinecrest Recreation Complex
  • Plant Recreation Complex
  • Ray Friel Recreation Complex
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata
  • Sawmill Creek Pool
  • Splash Wave Pool
  • St-Laurent Complex
  • Walter Baker Sports Centre

*Details:

  • passes begin on your first day of use and must be used within 30 days.
  • passes can only be used at participating locations
  • users must not have been a member of the City of Ottawa fitness within the past 6 months
  • must be 13 years +

We fit your life

Video

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to get in shape at any of our 23 locations across the City. Whether you want swimming, classes or all-inclusive, we offer affordable, convenient and flexible options for you and everyone in your family.

Video transcript

Hi, my name is Paula Phillips. I’ve been a group fitness instructor with the City of Ottawa for the past 19 years. I’m also a personal trainer and a gym supervisor as well.

My name is Brian Robitaille. I’m the Fitness Program Coordinator here at the Richcraft Recreation Complex. I’m responsible for the Hydro Rider program which you see the bikes going in the water right now.

Hi, my name is Kristy. I work for the City of Ottawa. I’ve been a City of Ottawa employee for well over 10 years now.

I think the people love it because it’s exercise in disguise. They come in and they think they will attend a dance class and then I sneak in fitness moves and before you know it, everybody is sweating and having a good time. They love it because it doesn’t feel like exercise and that’s pretty much why to come to work out. They don’t want to feel like it’s a chore. So they just do it and enjoy doing it and enjoy the dancing. Everybody comes in smiling and happy and they leave smiling and happy.

Our indoor cycling program is conducted with a group of people to music. It’s very encouraging and people get to work out at their own pace, they get to choose their own resistance following the instructor’s suggestions on hill climbing, sprinting...that kind of thing.

One of the things I’m working on for the City of Ottawa, specifically in Parks, Rec and Culture, is often times, I hear people in our community who don’t know that we offer fitness as part of our programs and services which I find surprising because we have an abundance of fitness classes whether that be on land or in the water, whether that be through a membership or through registration based. We offer subsidies to people who have lower incomes that otherwise couldn’t afford recreation programming or fitness programming for themselves or their children. We offer fitness programming for those with special needs specifically those with cognitive or physical needs that otherwise these needs would not be met within the community. We offer programming, a vast array of programming in fact, for older adults and more and more we are creating programming for families and youth as well as partnerships with schools and sports teams in order to provide fitness services for them.  

Schedules

Group fitness (Aerobics)

Search the drop-in activities listings for group fitness schedules.

Find more information on registered fitness programs in the Recreation Guide.

Aquafitness

Search the drop-in activities listings for Aquafitness schedules.

Find more information on registered aquafitness programs in the Recreation Guide.

Indoor cycling

Search the drop-in activities listings for indoor cycling schedules.

Find more information on registered cycling programs in the Recreation Guide.

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!

Spinning

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

$9.25

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!

Facility categories for memberships

City of Ottawa facilities are categorized as either "A" or "B" for membership purposes, based upon the number of amenities and programs that each offers. In general, class "A" facilities offer a higher number of amenities and programs.

All memberships must be purchased in person at the fitness facility. Non-residents will be charged an additional 25% per membership.

Class A memberships are valid at all Class A and B facilities.

Class B memberships are valid at Class B facilities only.

Class A:

  1. Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans
  2. François Dupuis Recreation Centre
  3. Goulbourn Recreation Complex
  4. Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool
  5. Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven
  6. Nepean Sportsplex
  7. Plant Recreation Centre
  8. Ray Friel Recreation Complex
  9. Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata
  10. St-Laurent Complex
  11. Walter Baker Sports Complex

Class B:

  1. Brewer Pool
  2. Canterbury Pool
  3. Champagne Fitness Centre
  4. Deborah Anne Kirwan Pool
  5. Jack Purcell Community Centre
  6. Lowertown Pool
  7. Pinecrest Recreation Centre
  8. Sawmill Creek Pool
  9. Splash Wave Pool

Class B - no pool

  1. Greenboro Community Centre
  2. Heron Road Community Centre
  3. Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre

Buy a membership

All memberships must be purchased in person at the fitness facility. Non-residents will be charged an additional 25% per membership.

All-inclusive membership

Your all-inclusive membership includes:

  • Weight/cardio
  • Group fitness
  • Aquafitness
  • Indoor cycling
  • Squash and racquetball
  • Public swimming and wave swims
  • Public skating

Membership Fees

HST is included in the fees.

Class A facilities 1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year

Seniors  (65 and older) Students (full time with I.D.) Youth  (13-18 years)

$66.50 $131.50 $244 $440.75
Adults  (19-64 years) $81.75 $161.25 $298.25

$542

Children and parent(s):  (minimum of 1 adult,maximum of 2 adults and their children/youth) $108.50 $292 $536.25

$976.25

Class B facilities 1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year

Seniors  (65 and older) Students (full time with I.D.) Youth  (13-18 years)

$63.25 $125.75 $232.75 $423.25
Adults  (19-64 years) $75.25

$150

$276 $500.25
Children and parent(s):  (minimum of 1 adult,maximum of 2 adults and their children/youth) $96.25 $268.75 $495

$899.25

Pick one membership

The one option fitness membership allows you to participate in one of the following fitness programs:

  • Weight/cardio
  • Group fitness
  • Squash/racquetball
  • Indoor cycling

Aquafitness memberships and Multi-visit pass options are also available.

Membership Fees

HST is included in the fees.

Class A facilities 1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year

Seniors  (65 and older) Students (full time with I.D.) Youth (13-18 years)

$50.50 $100.75 $184.75 $335.25
Adults  (19-64 years) $62.75 $125.50 230 $417.50
Children and parent(s) (minimum of 1 adult,maximum of 2 adults and their children/youth) $101.75 $225.75 $413.25 $751
Class B facilities 1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year
Seniors  (65 and older) Students (full time with I.D.) Youth (13-18 years) $23

$44.75

$82.75 $149.75
Adults  (19-64 years) $41.25

$82.25

$149.50 $270
Children and parent(s) (minimum of 1 adult,maximum of 2 adults and their children/youth) $71.25 $147.50 $265.75 $487

Swimming and Aquafitness memberships

You can purchase an aquafitness membership, or you may also get a combined aquafitness and swimming membership to take a variety of fitness classes in different depths of water.

Aquafitness membership 1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year
Seniors  (65 and older) Students (full time with I.D.) Youth (13-18 years)  $50.50  $100.75  $184.75  $335.25
Adults  (19-64 years)  $62.75  $125.50  $230  $417.50
Children and parent(s) (minimum of 1 adult,maximum of 2 adults and their children/youth)

$101.75

$225.75 $413.25 $751
Combined aquafitness and swimming membership 1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year
Seniors  (65 and older) Students (full time with I.D.) Youth (13-18 years)  $56.25 $112  $205.25  $372.50
Adults  (19-64 years)  $70  $139.25  $255.50

$463.75

Children and parent(s) (minimum of 1 adult,maximum of 2 adults and their children/youth) $108 $250.75 $458.75 $834.75

Drop in rates

  • Senior, Student, Youth - $7.50
  • Adult -  $8.75

Fees may be subject to change.

Multi-visit Pass

Choose your fitness activities to participate in by the visit, including weight /cardio, group fitness, aquafitness, racquet sports or indoor cycling classes. Valid for a single fitness activity. Excludes public swimming and skating. Pass expires 365 days from the date of purchase. HST is included in the fees.

Multi-visit pass Number of visits Cost
Adult

10 visit pass

$78
Adult

20 visit pass

$143
Seniors, Youth and Students 10 visit pass $63.50
Seniors, Youth and Students 20 visit pass $116

Definitions

Weight and cardio

Weight rooms have a mixture of free weights and weight machines. Cardio machines include treadmills (walking or running) elliptical machines, stair climbers, rowers or bicycles that are programmable for an exercise routine. Unlimited usage with a membership.

Group fitness

Unlimited access to a variety of ongoing scheduled group exercise classes.

Squash and Racquetball

Use of squash and racquetball courts in 60-minute segments. Advanced booking recommended.

Indoor Cycling

Unlimited access to scheduled group classes on a stationary bike.

Personal training

Benefits

  • Personal training helps you on your fitness journey whether you are a beginner, or have some experience but are looking for an extra push!
  • Our trainers create customized workout plans and will offer you motivation and support to get through your workouts and to realize your fitness goals!
  • Our staff are highly-trained, certified professionals that draw from a variety of exercise disciplines, including TRX, Kettlebells, HIIT, Yoga, and many more!

Options

We offer several types of personal training.  Pick the option that best suits your needs and budget.  With prices starting at $23.75 a person, you do not want to miss out!

  • One-on-One Personal Training where we will create a customized workout just for you. 60 minute session: $61.50
  • Semi-Private Personal Training is a great opportunity to work out with a friend or family member! 60 minute session: $47.25 per person
  • Small Group Personal Training is designed for 3-4 participants and is perfect for bridal parties, families and pre-“girls” or “guys” night out! 60 minute session: $23.75 per person

**A 10% discount is available for Seniors 65+.

How do I purchase?

To book your personal training session(s), you can either pick up in person or print off our Personal Training Request Form, and drop it off to the facility where you would like your personal training services.  Once we have received your Personal Training Request Form, one of our trainers will contact you to discuss your goals and availability.   For semi-private or small group personal training, all group members must  pay at the same time to receive the discounted rate.   

Please take note of the following terms when purchasing Personal Training sessions with the City:

  • Each session purchased will have an expiry date set 365 days from the date of purchase.
  • All sessions must be paid in full prior to the start time of your training session.
  • Cancellations for personal training must be made within 12-hours in advance of any scheduled session. Not cancelling in time may result in the loss of the session (no credit or refund). 
  • Arrive wearing flexible, breathable, athletic attire, indoor athletic footwear, water bottle (not glass please) and hand towel if preferred.  All personal items including clothing, outwear, gym bags, etc., must be stowed in a locker.

Where is it available?

Here is a list of our facilities where Personal Training is offered:

All training sessions are to be conducted at the facility where the personal training session(s) were purchased.

Frequently asked questions

How many sessions do I need to book?

This really depends on your goals.  If you are looking for an introductory program to get started or learn about the equipment, often one or two sessions are all that is needed.  However, if your goal requires regular program updates or you require ongoing support and motivation, then booking multiple sessions and speaking to your personal trainer about the number of sessions a week, is advised.

What if I buy multiple sessions but am not comfortable with the trainer?

Not a problem.  You are not obligated to stick with one trainer.  We understand that personal training requires a level of trust and rapport.  If you do not feel that your current trainer meets your needs you can contact the facility to speak with a Program Coordinator who will help you find the best fit.

What will my personal trainer want to know about me?

When our personal trainers contact you, they will ask you about the fitness goals you have set for yourself.  They will also want to discuss how often you can commit to training, and if there are types of exercises or activities you prefer over others.  Discussion around realistic goal setting and expectations may also come up. This is to ensure that your goals are measurable over the course of the training program. Our trainers are dedicated to helping you reach success, but want to make sure it is done through a healthy and safe approach.

What should I expect out of my very first session?

Typically the first session is an introductory session.  More time is spent discussing the training program, modifying it if necessary, and introducing you to the various exercises prescribed in the program.  The intensity level in the first session is usually lower than subsequent sessions as well, because the trainer will need to verify your level of fitness, your technique and receive your feedback.

What do I do if the other members of my small group or my partner for the semi-private, is not available to purchase the visits with me?  Will I still receive the reduced rate?

YES. Although it is easier to approve discounted rates when all members arrive together, there is another option to qualify for these discounted rates. Please contact your facility and speak with a customer service representative.

What do I do if the other members of my small group or my partner for the semi-private, is not available for the personal training session?

You and your members can decide to either cancel the visit (with 12 hours advanced notice) or you can attend the visit without the other member(s). 

Corporate or group fitness membership program

About the program

We offer 20% savings off our CLASS A, All-Inclusive or One Option memberships for employees or members of participating Corporations and Groups.

  • Memberships run from September 1 to August 31 of each year.
  • Join anytime and only pay for the months remaining in the term.
  • Clients who qualify may offer the discount to their immediate family members when they themselves possess an active corporate membership.
  • To qualify as an immediate family member, there must be a minimum of 1 adult up to a maximum of 2, and children that are 25 years of age and under, all living in the same household.
  • Membership fees may be paid in full or in monthly installments.  
  • Memberships available at all of our 23 CLASS A and CLASS B facilities. 

Who qualifies

In order to qualify, your Corporation or Group must meet the following requirements:

  • Employ a minimum of 10 employees or have registered 10 active members
  • Abide by the Terms and Conditions and Fitness Etiquette
  • Provide proof of Employment or Group Membership

How do I apply

Email us at corporatememberships@ottawa.ca to request a contract.  A representative will be in contact with you to help you qualify for this discounted program!

Employees of participating corporations or groups

Any current employee, contractor or active member of a participating corporation, business, club, association or organization can sign up, simply register in person at any of our 23 facilities.

Please be sure to bring with you: a piece of Photo I.D. and a letter of employment or proof of group membership in order to receive your 20% discount.     

Types of memberships

All inclusive memberships include:

  • Weight and Cardio Room
  • Aquafitness, Swimming (including Wave Swims)
  • Group Fitness
  • Squash and Racquetball
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Public Skating
Monthly fees:
  • Adult - $36.13
  • Senior, Student, Youth - $29.40
  • Children and Parent(s) - $65.10

One option memberships - choose from the following:

  • Weight and Cardio Room
  • Aquafitness
  • Group Fitness
  • Squash and Racquetball
  • Indoor Cycling
Monthly fees:
  • Adult - $27.85
  • Senior, Student, Youth - $22.38
  • Children and Parent(s) - $50.08

One option swimming memberships

This membership includes access to all swimming excluding wave swims.

Monthly fee
  • Adult - $21.67
  • Senior, Student, Youth - $9.96
  • Children and Parent(s) - $40.04

For more information email: corporatememberships@ottawa.ca

Step with confidence

As easy as 1-2-3!

The Step with Confidence Program Series answers the questions: where do I start, which program or class is right for me and where do I go next?

Programs and classes are sorted into 3 steps or “levels” that progressively increase in intensity, resistance and cardiovascular requirements.

These steps offer something suitable for every level of adults 50+!

STEP 1

These programs and classes are offered at a lesser intensity

  • Strength and Balance 50+ Lite/Gentle
  • Stretch and Strength 50+ Lite/Gentle
  • Stretch 50+
  • Cardio and Strength (Older Adult)
  • Aqua-Lite

STEP 2

These programs and classes offer a variety of lower intensity to moderate intensity challenges

  • Balance and Stability 50+ (Heartwise)
  • Stretch and Strength 50+ (Heartwise)
  • Strength Traning 50+ (small group)
  • Stretch and Strength 50+
  • Cardio and Strength 50+ (Heartwise)
  • Cardio (OA - Lite)
  • Yoga (OA - Lite)
  • Pilates (OA - Lite)

STEP 3

These programs are not considered for beginners but those looking to improve their existing level of fitness

  • Low Impact 50+ (Heartwise)
  • Pilates 50+
  • Nordic Walking 50+
  • Yoga 50+
  • Party On 50+
  • Total Muscle Conditioning (TMC) 50+
  • Zumba Gold