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Recreation programs

Recreation guide

Fall 2017 - Winter 2018 Programs

Swimming Programs:

Swim Lessons:Pools A to M [ PDF - 2.27 MB ]

Swim Lessons: Pools N to Z [ PDF -  694.43 KB]

Certification and Specialty Swimming [ PDF - 704.58 ]

Private Lessons (type "Private" in the activity search box)

Recreation Programs:

Skating [ PDF - 578.46 KB ]

Preschoolers [ PDF - 674.96 KB ]

Children [ PDF - 911.61 KB ]

Youth [ PDF - 333.62 KB ]

Family [ PDF - 347.23 KB ]

Adult [ PDF - 717.96 KB ]

50+ Adults [ PDF -  1.61 MB ]

Fitness and Wellness [ PDF - 831.87 KB ]

Special Needs [ PDF - 288.38 KB ]

View City of Ottawa programs offered in French.

Before and after school programs

Start and end the school day with fun! Get active with games and sports and be creative with arts and crafts. Some quiet time for homework, too. Make new friends when you join our Club. City of Ottawa is an accredited HIGH FIVE® organization. We commit to healthy child development and safety for children's recreation programs. Choose quality for your kids! 

View after school programs offered in French.

Programs in the East

East of the Rideau River 2016-17

 Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

OCDSB Dates:  September 5 to June 28

Location

Address

Phone number

Before School Barcode After School Barcode
Beacon Hill North Community Centre 2130 Radford Court 613-748-1771 No program 1120430

Bob MacQuarrie 
Recreation Complex-Orléans

1490 Youville 

613-824-0819

1124382 1124388

Fred G. Barrett Arena

 3280 Leitrim

 613-580-2424 ext. 30235

No program 1108697

Glen Ogilvie Public School

46 Centrepark

613-824-0819

1124383 1124391

Greely Community Centre

 1448 Meadow

 613-580-2424 ext. 30235

1099709 No program
Greenboro Community Centre 363 Lorry Greenberg 613-580-2805 No program 1122942
Hunt Club-Riverside Community Centre  3320 Paul Anka Drive 613-260-1299 No program 1113362

Metcalfe Community Centre

2785 8th Line

613-580-2424 ext. 30235

No program 1111269
Pat Clark Community Centre (Cyrville) 4355 Halmont 613-748-1771 No program 1119967

Ray Friel Complex

1585 Tenth Line

613-830-2747

1123664 1123687

Rideauview Community Centre

4310 Shoreline

613-822-7887

1121512 1121744
Sandy Hill Community Centre 250 Somerset St E. 613-564-1062 No program 1104403

Sawmill Creek Community Centre

3380 D'Aoust

613-521-4092

No program 1106335

South Fallingbrook Community Centre

998 Valin

613-824-0633 ext. 221

1120228 1120300
St-Laurent Complex 525 Coté Street 613-742-6767 No program 1124716

Terry Fox Elementary School

6400 Jeanne D'Arc

613-824-0819

No program 1124393

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)

OCSB Dates:  September 5 to June 28

Location

Address

Phone number

Before School Barcode After School Barcode

Fred G. Barrett Arena

 3280 Leitrim

 613-580-2424 ext. 30235

No program 1109243

Greely Community Centre

1448 Meadow

613-580-2424 ext. 30235

1114726 No program

Metcalfe Community Centre

2785 8th Line

613-580-2424 ext. 30235

No program 1111493

Rideauview Community Centre

4310 Shoreline

613-822-7887

1121562 1122004

École Élémentaire Bernard-Grandmaître

École Élémentaire Bernard-Grandmaître Dates:  August 16 to June 27

Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcode After School Barcode

Greely Community Centre

 1448 Meadow

 613-580-2424 ext. 30235

1129910 No program

Rideauview Community Centre

4310 Shoreline

613-822-7887

1121666 1121839

Conseil des Écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)

CECCE Dates:  August 29 to June 21

Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcode After School Barcode

Fred G. Barrett Arena

3280 Leitrim

613-580-2424 ext. 30235

No program 1109350
Goulbourn Recreation Complex

1500 Shea

613-580-2532 No program 1118112

Hunt Club-Riverside 
Park Community Centre

3320 Paul Anka

613-260-1299

No program 1113573

Metcalfe Community Centre

2785 8th Line

613-580-2424 ext. 30235

No program 1111509
Rideauview Community Centre 4310 Shoreline Drive 613-822-7887 ext. 21 1121574 1121936

Sawmill Creek Community Centre

3380 D'Aoust

613-521-4092

No program 1106346

Register at the Facility

Location

Address

Contact

Overbrook Community Centre

33 Quill

613-742-5147

Programs in the West

West of the Rideau River 2016-17

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

OCDSB Dates:  September 5 to June 28

Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcode After School Barcode

Bridlewood Community Centre

63 Bluegrass

613-271-0712

No program 1121111

Fisher Park Community Centre

250 Holland

613-798-8945

No program 1106808

Goulbourn Recreation Centre

1500 Shea

613-580-2532

1117426 No program

Hintonburg Community Centre

1064 Wellington

613-798-8874

No program 1119166
Huntley Centennial 118 Langstaff Drive 613-580-9696 No program 1104293

Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven

3500 Cambrian

613-727-2683

1123165 1123292

Nepean Sportsplex

1701 Woodroffe 

613-580-2424 ext. 46685

No program 1107634
Richcraft-Kanata Recreation Complex 4101 Innovation Drive 613-580-9696 No program 1104292
St. James Anglican Church 1138 Bridge Street 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 No program 1128935

Walter Baker Sports Centre

100 Malvern

613-580-2424 ext. 25417

No program 1102792

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)

OCSB Dates:  September 5 to June 28

Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcodes After School Barcodes
Fisher Park Community Centre 250 Holland 613-798-8945 No program 1107223

Goulbourn Recreation Centre

1500 Shea

613-580-2532

No program 1117958
McNabb Recreation Centre 180 Percy 

613-564-1070

No program 1118302

Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven

3500 Cambrian 

613-727-2683

1123200 1123294

Conseil des Écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)

CECCE Dates: August 29 to June 21
Location Address Contact Before School Barcode After School Barcode
Goulbourn Recreation Complex     1117652 No program

 

Register at the Facility Dates:  Various

Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcode

After School Barcode

Alexander Community Centre

960 Silver 

613-798-8978

No program 

Register at community centre.

Bellevue Community Centre

1475 Caldwell

613-798-8917

No program

Register at community centre.

Carlington Recreation Centre

1520 Caldwell

613-798-8920

No program

Register at community centre.

Foster Farm Community Centre

1065 Ramsey

613-828-2004

No program

Register at community centre.

Michele Heights Community Centre

2955 Michele

613-828-5100

No program 

Register at community centre.

Camps

Winter holiday camps

Operates December, 2017 to January, 2018.  

March break camps

Operate in March. Register starting January, 2018.

Summer camps

Operate June to September.

Youth leadership programs

Leadership programs are offered for youth at various locations throughout the city. Choose from traditional leadership development programs, arts leadership or sports leader. Swimming certification courses are also available.

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.

Seniors and 50+ adults

Older adults can participate in recreation programs, courses and drop-ins at:

Current programs are listed in the Recreation Guide and JOINOttawa.

Neighbourhood partners and community organizations operate clubs and groups to provide activities.

Seniors’ discount

Adults age 65+ are eligible for a discount on adult programs offered at recreation facilities.

Help with fees

Ottawa Hand in Hand

The City helps older adults take part in recreation and culture programs, through:

Programs for older adults

Big Band Dances

Active Living Club 50+

Logo of Family Physiotheray Centres

Designed for adults 50 and over to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, healthy and fun environment. Take part in hiking, cycling, canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing programs throughout the year.

Contact:
City Wide Sports
Phone: 613-580-2854
Fax: 613-580-2855
Email: cws-psm@ottawa.ca

Park-ticipate

Park-ticipate

The Park-ticipate program is a free, informal drop-in program offered by the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans at various local, rural and urban parks throughout East Ottawa.

Children aged 4 to 10 are invited to join our highly trained Recreation staff in this fun-filled program of crafts, games and sports.

The program runs weekdays from July 4 to August 25, 2017.

Contact 613-580-9600 ext. 32776, for more information.

Locations and Times

Please note that parents/guardians are required to supervise their children while participating in our program.

Day and time Park Address
Mondays, 9 to 10 am

Meadowbrook*

1485 Meadowbrook

Mondays, 9 to 10 am Vista* 720 Vistapark
Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 am

Cummings*

980 Cummings

Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 am Marcel Beriault 1691 Sunview
Mondays, noon to 1p.m.

Fairfield

49 Appleford
Mondays, noon to 1p.m. Aquaview 318 Aquaview
Mondays, 2 to 3 p.m. Harold Diceman 30 Diceman
Mondays, 2 to 3 p.m. Wilfred Murray 1115 Dunning
Tuesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. Longleaf 5831 Gladewoods
Tuesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. Michael Budd 2359 Orient Park
Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m Joe Jamieson* 6940 Bilberry
Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m Carson Grove 1423 Matheson
Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. Queenswood Ridge  346 Kennedy E
Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. Orléans Provence 2085 Provence
Tuesdays, 2 to 3 p.m. Pine Vista 616 Pine Vista
Tuesdays, 2 to 3 p.m. Gardenway 2001 Gardenway
Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. Glen* 1766 Grey Nuns
Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. Trappers 3580 Trappers
Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Varennes 1595 Varennes
Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Emerald Woods* 3795 Alderwood
Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. Navan Fairgrounds 1279 Colonial
Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. Calzavara 1602 Blohm
Wednesdays, 2 to 3 p.m. Bradley Ridge* 221 Radhika
Wednesdays, 2 to 3 p.m. Windsor 3560 Wyman
Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. Fallingbrook* 681 Deancourt
Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. Diamond Jubilee 2810 Findlay Creek
Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. Barrington 1692 Barrington
Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sandalwood 2850 Sandalwood
Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m.  Cardinal Creek 1825 Trim
Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m.  Bearbrook 99 Bearbrook
Thursdays, 2 to 3 p.m. Marcel Lalande 2157 Northlands
Thursdays, 2 to 3 p.m. Heatherington* 1560 Heatherington
Fridays,  9 to 10 a.m.  Big Bird 936 Lawnsberry
Fridays,  9 to 10 a.m.  Scala 797 Scala
Fridays, 10:30  to 11:30 a.m. Roy* 6210 Meadowglen
Fridays, 10:30  to 11:30 a.m. Portobello* 670 Aquaview

* Indicates presence of a water park. 

I Love to Programs

About the I Love to Programs

One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their children in sports, recreation or cultural activities due to financial barriers. Made possible by the City of Ottawa and Canadian Tire Jumpstart charities, the I Love to program gives over 3,500 children and youth the opportunity to participate in organized sport, recreation and culture activities each year.

By participating in these programs children and youth develop social skills, leadership and gain self confidence preparing them for success. This programming is available in more than 30 City of Ottawa neighbourhoods.

Red Heart Logo  Child jumping over logo

I Love to Dance

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • The I Love to Dance program provides free dance classes, a final recital and a wrap-up party at the end of the program

I Love to Swim

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • The I Love to Swim program helps participants feel comfortable in the water and teaches water safety skills

I Love to Skate

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • The I Love to Skate program provides a pair of skates and helmet to each participant, giving them the confidence to learn the basics of skating on a community ice rink

I Love to Play Hockey

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • The I Love to Play Hockey program teaches the basics of Canada’s favourite game on an outdoor ice rink. Each participant is provided with a helmet, hockey stick and pair of skates

I Love to Play Soccer

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • I Love to Play Soccer is a non-competitive program that teaches soccer fundamentals and basic movement skills in community parks throughout the city

I Love to Play Wheelchair Basketball

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • The I Love to Play Wheelchair Basketball is an instructional program for children and youth with and without a physical disability. Participants will learn the fundamental skills of the sport and participate in team play

I Love to Mentor

  • Ages 16 to 18
  • The I Love to Mentor leadership and employment preparedness training program provides training and mentorship opportunities

I Love to Play

  • Ages 9 to 12
  • The I Love to play multi-sport program focuses on fundamental movement skills and the development of leadership. By participating in a variety of drills, games, and sports children can build their confidence and set the foundation for further athletic development

Community Centre Basketball League

  • Ages 12 to 17
  • Participants improve their skills through weekly practice and city wide tournaments. This league is for entry-level players and emphasizes positive role modeling, group dynamics and transferable life skills

Duffer Doo preschool program

Program details

This morning recreation program for two to five year olds is designed to encourage play and enhance development with crafts, songs, games and theme-related activities. Children socialize with caring staff and peers in a fun environment. Children must be toilet trained. Parents are required to assist as volunteer helpers once per session for each day your child is registered.

3 year to 5 year programs run 2 hours and are offered from 9:15 to 11:15 am.  2 year old programs are 1 hour and run from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Ages are strictly enforced due to the new Provincial Early Years Act.

Fall 2017:

  • September to December
  • 11 weeks

Winter 2018:

  • January  to March
  • 9 weeks

How to register

Register now for winter and spring programs. Locations, days, times and barcodes are listed below.

Orientation for participants

Registered participants and parents are invited to visit their Duffer Doo Centre before the program begins to meet the staff and get acquainted. Information will be distributed by email after registration.

For more information call the Duffer Doo Coordinator at 613-580-2424 ext. 41243 or the Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven at 613-727-2683.

For Duffer Doo programs at Chapman Mills, call 613-822-7887 extension 27.

Program locations

Location Day Fall barcode Winter barcode
Chapman Mills Community Building Tuesday 1119673 1123449
Chapman Mills Community Building Tuesday (1 hour) 1133715 1133725
Chapman Mills Community Building Wednesday 1119669 1123450
Chapman Mills Community Building Wednesday (1 hour) 1133720 1133726
Chapman Mills Community Building Thursday 1119663 1123448
Chapman Mills Community Building Thursday (1 hour) 1133721 1133727
Chapman Mills Community Building Friday 1119659 1123445
Chapman Mills Community Building Friday (1 hour) 1133724 1133729
General Burns community building Monday 1115888 1121020
General Burns community building Tuesday (1 hour) 1120871 1121046
Larkin House community building Monday 1115909 1121069
Larkin House community building Tuesday (1 hour) 1120896 1121100
Larkin House community building Wednesday 1115946 1121110
Larkin House community building Thursday 1115926 1121114

Margaret Rywak community building (Manordale)

Wednesday 1115962 1121121
Margaret Rywak community building (Manordale) Friday 1115972 1121125

Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven

Monday (1 hour)

1120928

1121217

Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven

Monday

1120731

1121158
Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven Tuesday

1116026

1121166
Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven Wednesday (1 hour)

1120941

1121221
Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven Wednesday

1116033

1121169
Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven Wednesday (PM)

1116040

1121185
Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven Thursday

1116064

1121187
Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven Friday (1 hour)

1120950

1121224
Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven Friday

1116071

1121198
Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven Friday

1116068

1121190
Southpointe community building Tuesday

1115571

1121133
Southpointe community building Thursday

1115800

1121137
Trend-Arlington community building Tuesday

1115989

1121143
Trend-Arlington community building Thursday

1115999

1121147

Staff: qualified and enthusiastic!

City of Ottawa Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services is an accredited HIGH FIVE®organization.

HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only quality assurance standard for organizations providing recreation and sport programs to children aged 6 to 12.

We focus on healthy child development. As a HIGH FIVE® Registered Organization, we are committed to implementing safety and quality measures for our children’s recreation and sport programs.

Discover the HIGH FIVE® difference!

Five principles of HIGH FIVE® programs

  1. A Caring Adult: positive interaction between staff and child
  2. Friends: inclusion and acceptance
  3. Play: fun, creative and cooperative
  4. Mastery: children feel they are special, important and succeeding
  5. Participation: choices to do things by and for themselves

Design Guidelines of HIGH FIVE® Programs:

These three guidelines are non-negotiable to ensure the emotional and physical safety of children. Programs for children must be:

  1. Safe
  2. Diverse and unique
  3. Developmentally appropriate

Financial Support – Ottawa Hand in Hand

Recreation & Culture Fee Support

The City of Ottawa offers help with program fees so that all residents can take part in recreation and culture activities regardless of their ability to pay. If you are already a participant in a community or social service agency program, or if you are an individual or family with a low-income, you may qualify for the Ottawa Hand in Hand recreation and culture fee support program.

To apply for the Ottawa Hand in Hand, Recreation and Culture Fee Support:

Step 1: Print the application form 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.

More information on the fee support program:

  • Residents of all ages are eligible for Ottawa Hand in Hand, recreation and culture fee support.
  • Applications can only be approved at a recreation or cultural facility.
  • Residents are encouraged to apply for the Ottawa Hand in Hand fee support 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 ($170 per person).
  • Participants can register for recreation and culture programs or activities at any of the program registration locations across the City.
  • 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.
  • Applications for Ottawa Hand in Hand, recreation and culture fee support are accepted at anytime.