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Recreation and leisure for older adults

Seniors centres

City-operated seniors centres

Community-operated senior centres

English senior centres

Facility Phone
Abbotsford Senior Centre  613-230-5730
 Gloucester Senior Adults’ Centre  613-749-1974
 Gloucester South Seniors Centre  613-822-0020
 The Good Companions  613-236-0428
 Roy G. Hobbs Seniors Centre  613-841-8664

French senior centres

Facility Phone
Centre de services Guigues 613-241-1266
Centre Séraphin-Marion d'Orléans 613-830-6436
Centre Pauline Charron (Vanier) 613-741-0562
Le Patro d'Ottawa 613-789-7733
Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d'Ottawa  613-834-6808
Roy G. Hobbs Seniors Centre 613-841-8664

Active Living Club 50+


Outdoor Recreation for Adults 50+

The Active Living Club promotes outdoor activities in a group setting for older adults aged 50+ and seniors. Activities include cycling, hiking in spring, summer and fall. In the winter, we offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Our leaders will take you all over the Ottawa and Gatineau area to enjoy the trails, pathways, and landscape our region has to offer. Please note, this program is not an instructional program and participants must provide their own transportation to the starting locations. Schedules are e-mailed to the participants after registration. End times vary. Active Living Club Annual Membership has its privileges!


Access to all seasonal activities, including Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter activities within a one-year cycle for $161.50 or $145.50 (65+). Register at City of Ottawa Recreation facilities and then participate in any of the individual activities at no extra cost!

Cross Country Ski

Cross country skiing excursions on various trails throughout the City of Ottawa and Gatineau Park consisting of Tuesday level 2 and Thursday level 1 outings.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 10 am to 1 pm
  • January 2 to February 22, 2018
  •  $48
  • 1128711


City wide cycling excursions lead by CAN-BIKE cycling instructors consisting of Tuesday level 3 and Thursday level 1 or 2 rides.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 10 am to 1 pm
  • September 12 to October 19, 2017
  • $48
  • 1128704


Hiking excursions on various trails throughout the City of Ottawa and Gatineau Park consisting of Monday level 2, Wednesday level1, and Friday level 3 hikes.

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 
  • 10 am to1 pm
  • September 11 to October 27, 2017
    • $48
    • 1128705
  • September 11 to December 15, 2018
    • $96
    • 1128706

Try It ALC

Free trial memberships! Join the Active Living Club for a week at no cost.

  • September 11 to September 15, 2017
    • Monday to Friday
    • 10 am to 1 pm
    • 1128707
  • January 2 to January 5, 2018
    • Tuesday to Friday
    • 10 am to1 pm
    • 1128708


Snowshoeing excursions on various trails throughout the City of Ottawa and Gatineau Park consisting of Wednesday level 1 and Friday level 2 outings.

  • Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 10 am to 1 pm
  • January 3 to February 23, 2018
    • $48
    • 1128709
  • January 3 to April 20, 2018
    • $96
    • 1128710

Food for Thought Restaurant Club

Food for Thought is a fabulous opportunity for adults 50+ to experience Ottawa restaurants, meet new people and enjoy thought evoking presentations on current topics.

Older adults can participate in 17 luncheons offered in 2017.  Lunch and speakers are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Thursday at restaurants located throughout the City. Restaurants recently visited include the Rose Bowl, International Restaurant Algonquin, and Stone Face Dollys. Past presenters include: local authors Denise Chong, Jennifer Kingsley, and historian David Jeanes.

Each restaurant showcases its menu specialties by preparing 2 or 3 lunch choices. Lunch includes soup, entre, dessert and tea or coffee. The average luncheon menu is priced from $25 to $35 (taxes and gratuities included) and is paid to the restaurant.

The club runs from January to November; there are no luncheons in July, August or December.   Each diner pays an annual membership fee plus the cost of their lunch.  Members are provided a list of restaurants and speakers on a monthly basis. Presentations are in English only.

2017 memberships can be purchased using barcode 1048705 in person at any City of Ottawa recreation facility including Churchill Senior’s Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa. 

Membership fees:

Ages 50 to 64:      $46
Ages 65 and up:    $41.50

Membership fees are prorated after June 15, 2017. 

For more information call 613-798-8125 or 613-798-8927  or email us at:

Older adult recreation guide

Recreation eGuides 

Winter 2017

50+ Adults [ PDF - 1.93 MB ]

Printed guides

As part of the City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan residents can pick up a printed copy of the Older Adult Activity Guide. The Spring-Summer guide are now available at Churchill, Heron, Kanata and Nepean senior centres as well as recreation centres, client service centres, and libraries, listed below. 

Facility locations:

  • Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre
  • Alexander Community Centre
  • Beacon Hill North 
  • Bellevue Community Centre
  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex
  • Brewer Pool
  • Canterbury Community Centre
  • Carleton Heights Community Centre
  • Champagne Pool
  • Churchill Seniors Centre
  • Cyrville Community Centre
  • Dempsey Community Centre
  • Eva James Community Centre
  • Fisher Park
  • Foster Farm Community Centre
  • Glebe Community Centre
  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex
  • Greenboro Community Centre
  • Heron Road Community Centre
  • Hintonburg Community Centre
  • Hunt Club - Riverside Park Community Centre
  • Jack Purcell Community Centre
  • Jim Durrell Recreation Centre
  • Kanata Leisure Centre
  • Kanata Recreation Complex
  • Kanata Senior Centre
  • McNabb Recreation Centre
  • Michele Heights Community Centre
  • Nepean Seniors Centre 
  • Nepean Sportsplex
  • Old Town Hall Community Centre
  • Osgoode / Rideau
  • Overbrook Community Centre
  • Pinecrest Recreation Complex
  • Plant Recreation Centre
  • Ray Friel Recreation Complex
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex
  • Richelieu Vanier Community Centre
  • Rideauview  Community Centre
  • Rockcliffe Park
  • Ron Kolbus Lakeside
  • Routhier Community Centre
  • Sandy Hill Community Centre
  • Sawmill Creek Pool
  • South Fallingbrook Community Centre
  • Splash Wave Pool 
  • St-Laurent Complex 
  • Terry Fox Athletic Facility
  • Walter Baker Sports Complex

Client service centre locations:

  • Ben Franklin Place  (101 Centrepointe Dr.)
  • City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
  • Kanata (580 Terry Fox Dr.)
  • Metcalfe (8243 Victoria St.)
  • North Gower (2155 Roger Stevens Dr.)
  • Orleans (255 Centrum Blvd.)

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+!


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


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)


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

Seniors clubs and groups

Seniors clubs and groups

Organization Name

Contact Name(s)

Phone Number(s)

632 Seniors Club

Lois Ruthven


632 Seniors Club

Darquise Lalonde


Active Living Club

Peter Spiess

613-580-2854, press 1, then press 5

Age d'or St-Laurent

Aurore Laniel


Ashton Seniors Club

John Gill


Barrhaven Seniors' Council 

Don Winchester 


Blossom Park 50 Plus

Dorothy Deschambault


Blossom Park Seniors Club

Richard Darbyshire


Carp Seniors

Margaret Gibson


C.O.S.C.A. Overbrook Senior Association / Association des Aînées



Centre Séraphin-Marion d'Orléans



Centre Francophone de Vanier



Centre Pauline Charron (Club 60)

Léo Lavergne


Club d'âge d'or Colombien de Vanier

Maurice Gignac


Club d'âge d'or Marie-Médiatrice

Louise Régnier


Club Optimiste Vanier

Maurice Lamirande


Club Pétanque de Sarsfield

Fernand Leduc


Constance & Buchman's Bay Community Assoc.

Len Russell


Crystal Beach/Lakeview Friendship Club 

Judy Leeson 


Cumberland Township Pioneers

Edith Nolan


Fédération des aînées et des retraités francophones de l'Ontario

Michele Guay, Directrice general


Fitzroy Harbour Seniors Club

Connie Reitsma


Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre

Mari Wellman

Gloucester Senior Adults' Centre

Sharon Oatway


Gloucester South Seniors Centre

Robert Cameron


Greely Friendship Club

Kay Johnston


Heron Road Seniors Centre



Home Maintenance Program

Community Resource Centre


Huntley Friendship Club

Frank Walsh


Jock River Seniors



Kanata Heritage Club

Alfred Moore


Kanata Seniors' Centre



Kanata Seniors Council

Sarah Trant 


Kanata Seniors Lunch Program

Community Resource Centre


Kinburn and District Senior Citizens

Jack Shaw


Les Feuilles d'autumn

Janine Boisvert


Merivale Seniors

Joan Kidd, President


Mouvement d`implication francophone d`Orléans - MIFO

Mélanie Gatt, Coordonnatrice

613-830-6436, ext. 218

New Horizon

Earl Burnett


North Gower Walking Group - "Happy Hoffers"

Keith Ramsay


Orleans Legion 632 Seniors Club

Irene Dodd


Ottawa Public Education Retiree's Association O.P.E.R.A.

Peter Norman, President


Pioneers Seniors Club

John Chiviendacz


Probus Club of Western Ottawa

Peter Doyle


Punjabi Seniors Group

Charanjit Wadehra


Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa

Julie Lizotte


Retraite en Action 

Anne-Marie Laurendeau 

613-860-1099, ext. 1

Richmond Golden Age Club

Hilda Moore


Roy Hobbs Seniors Club

Yves Valois


Royal Canadian Legion Branch 593 Seniors Club



Royal Canadian Legion Branch #638



Sand Hills Seniors Club

Frances Gentile


Seniors Euchre (Constance Bay)

Al Baskin


Senior Games

Bill Duncan


Stittsville 55 Club

Joan David


Stittsville Friendship Club



Top Generation Club

John Saunders


Vernon Friendship Club

Daisy Robinson, President


West Carleton Country Knitters

Eleanor Reynaud


Older Adult Email Distribution List

Sign up to receive information of interest to older adults.

Ottawa Public Library

Program listing

From storytime to knitting, business to crafts and even eReader and computer basics support sessions, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) offers lots of activities for the members of your family at its 33 branches.  

View Ottawa Public Library programs offered in French. 

Attending a program 

Programs are free to attend but most require online registration. Each person must register with their own Library card number. Don’t have a Library card? Some programs don’t require registration, please just drop in!

Special needs

Should you or your child require special needs assistance, contact the Accessibility Services to make arrangements before the program starts. 

Early literacy programs

Most branches offer one or multiple of OPL’s early literacy programs:

  • Babytime (0-17 months)
  • Toddlertime (18-35 months)
  • Storytime (3-6 years)
  • Family Storytime (All ages)
  • Evening Storytime (All ages)

They are all based on the Every Child Ready to Read approach that is used in public library systems across North America and was developed by the American Library Association to help parents and caregivers, learn about activities that will get children ready to read.

Teen Programs and Advisory Groups

Search the program listing by audience for a listing of teen programs. From book clubs to homework clubs, mocktails to animé, they’re yours to discover! 

OPL relies on the expertise of youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to better serve local teens. Teens volunteers to take part in their local Teen Advisory Group to actively participate in choosing, planning, implementing and promoting Library offerings to teens all over the city. And they have fun doing it!

Adult programs

Whether you’re interested in chatting about your latest read, or want to learn about your family tree, OPL offers programs for fun and learning. New to computers? We’ll teach you the basics! Need to get your knit fix? Come on by! We also have programs specifically for adults 50+. Got an eReader and need assistance to use it?

Join Ottawa - search for programs by facility

Prefer to search for activities by recreation facility? JOINOttawa is an accessible format for recreation and culture course information.

Browse and Register for all recreation and culture classes, activities and programs.

Partners and community organizations

Neighbourhood recreation partners and community organizations also offer a variety of recreation programs and services.

Registration dates and procedures are different from City programs. Contact the facilities directly for more information.

You can also list or update information on your community organization.

Neighbourhood recreation partners: