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Recreation guide

Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 programs

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Swimming programs:

Swim Lessons:Pools A to M [ PDF - 781.59 KB ]
Swim Lessons: Pools N to Z [ PDF -  830.95 KB]
Certification and Specialty Swimming [ PDF - 714.15 KB ]

Recreation programs:

Skating [ PDF - 561.66 KB ]
Preschool [ PDF - 720.26 KB ]
Children [ PDF - 975.73 KB ]
Youth [ PDF - 361.03 KB ]
Families [ PDF - 307.62 KB ]
Adult [ PDF -  824.45 KB ]
50+ Adults [ PDF - 1.32 MB ]
Fitness and Wellness [ PDF - 766.49 KB ]
Inclusive Recreation [ PDF - 346.68 KB ]

View City of Ottawa programs offered in French.

Private lessons

Browse private lessons - type "private lessons" in the search box.

PD Day programs

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Registration information

How to register, create a client account, find registration forms, and more

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Before and after school programs

2018-2019 Registration

Registration for Before and After School care for 2018-2019 School year:

  • May 16 at 9 pm

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 a registered 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 2018-19

 Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

OCDSB Dates:  September 4 to June 27

Location

Address

Phone number

Before School Barcode After School Barcode
Beacon Hill North Community Centre 2130 Radford Court 613-748-1771 No program 1398138

Bob MacQuarrie 
Recreation Complex-Orléans

1490 Youville Drive

613-580-9600

No program 1408205

Fred G. Barrett Arena

3280 Leitrim Road

 613-580-2424 ext. 30235

1401724 No program

Glen Ogilvie Public School

46 Centrepark Drive

613-580-9600

No program 1408206

Greely Community Centre

1448 Meadow Drive

 613-580-2424 ext. 30235

1401311 1405394
Greenboro Community Centre 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 613-580-2805 No program 1407638
Hunt Club-Riverside Community Centre  3320 Paul Anka Drive 613-260-1299 No program 1403474

Metcalfe Community Centre

2785 8th Line Road

613-580-2424 ext. 30235

1246689 1179273
Pat Clark Community Centre (Cyrville - start at Earl Armstrong) 4355 Halmont Drive 613-748-1771 No program 1408225

Ray Friel Complex

1585 Tenth Line Road

613-830-2747

1403838 1405681

Rideauview Community Centre

4310 Shoreline Drive

613-822-7887

1404710 1403769
Sandy Hill Community Centre 250 Somerset Street East 613-564-1062 No program 1406959

Sawmill Creek Community Centre

3380 D'Aoust Avenue

613-521-4092

No program 1409162

South Fallingbrook Community Centre

998 Valin Street

613-824-0633 ext. 221

1398231 1184657
St-Laurent Complex 525 Coté Street 613-742-6767 No program 1406225

Terry Fox Elementary School

6400 Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard

613-580-9600

No program 1408207

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)

OCSB Dates:  September 4 to June 27

Location

Address

Phone number

Before School Barcode After School Barcode

Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans

1490 Youville Drive 613-580-9600 No program 1408205

Fred G. Barrett Arena

3280 Leitrim Road

 613-580-2424 ext. 30235

No program 1405648

Greenboro Community Centre

363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 613-580-2805 No program 1407976

Pat Clark Community Centre (Starts at Earl Armstrong)

4355 Halmont Drive 613-748-1771 No program 1408225
Rideauview Community Centre 4310 Shoreline Drive 613-822-7887 1404733 1403837
Sandy Hill Community Centre 250 Somerset Street East 613-564-1062 No program 1406959
Sawmill Creek Community Centre 3380 D'Aoust Avenue 613-521-4092 No program 1409163

View after school programs offered in French.


Conseil des Écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)

CECCE Dates:  August 28 to June 20

Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcode After School Barcode

Fred G. Barrett Arena

3280 Leitrim Road

613-580-2424 ext. 30235

No program 1405750
Greenboro Community Centre

363 Lorry Greenberg Drive

613-580-2805 No program 1406946

Hunt Club-Riverside 
Park Community Centre

3320 Paul Anka Drive

613-260-1299

No program 1403824

Rideauview Community Centre

August 15, 2018 to June 27, 2019

4310 Shoreline Drive 613-822-7887 ext. 21 1404782 1404620

Sawmill Creek Community Centre

3380 D'Aoust Avenue

613-521-4092

No program 1409164

Conseil des Écoles publiques de L'est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)

CEPEO Dates: August 28 to June 20

Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcode

After School Barcode

Fred G. Barrett Arena

3280 Leitrim Road 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 No program 1405750
Greenboro Community Centre 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 613-580-2805 No program 1406946
Rideauview Community Centre 4310 Shoreline Drive 613-822-7887 ext. 21 1404757 1404559

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Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcode After School Barcode

Overbrook Community Centre

33 Quill Street

613-742-5147

No program Register at community centre.

Programs in the West

West of the Rideau River 2018-19

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

OCDSB Dates:  September 4 to June 27

Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcode After School Barcode

Bridlewood Community Centre

63 Bluegrass Drive

613-271-0712

No program 1187199

Fisher Park Community Centre

250 Holland Avenue

613-798-8945

No program 1181853

Goulbourn Recreation Centre

1500 Shea Road

613-580-2532

1408798 1408635

Hintonburg Community Centre

1064 Wellington Street West

613-798-8874

No program 1402698
Huntley Centennial 118 Langstaff Drive 613-580-9696 No program 1179300
Manotick Arena 5572 Doctor Leach Drive 613-692-4772 No program 1179274

Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven

3500 Cambrian Road

613-727-2683

1403978 1404172
Richcraft-Kanata Recreation Complex 4101 Innovation Drive 613-580-9696 No program 1179301

Walter Baker Sports Centre

100 Malvern Drive

613-580-2424 ext. 25417

No program 1179265

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)

OCSB Dates:  September 4 to June 27

Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcodes After School Barcodes
Fisher Park Community Centre 250 Holland Avenue 613-798-8945 No program 1181899

Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven

3500 Cambrian Road

613-727-2683

1404121 1404191
Richcraft-Kanata Recreation Complex 4101 Innovation Drive 613-580-9696 No program 1179301

View after school programs offered in French.

Conseil des Écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)

CECCE Dates: Various
Location Address Contact Before School Barcode After School Barcode

Goulbourn Recreation Complex

August 28, 2018 to June 20, 2019

1500 Shea Road 613-580-2532 No program 1408622

Conseil des Écoles publiques de L'est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)

CEPEO Dates: Various
Location Address Contact Before School Barcode After School Barcode

McNabb Recreation Centre

September 17, 2018 to June 20, 2019

180 Percy Street 613-564-1070 No program 1409525

 

Register at the Facility Dates:  Various

Location

Address

Contact

Before School Barcode

After School Barcode

Alexander Community Centre

960 Silver Street

613-798-8978

No program 

Register at community centre.

Bellevue Community Centre

1475 Caldwell Avenue

613-798-8917

No program

Register at community centre.

Carlington Recreation Centre

1520 Caldwell Avenue

613-798-8920

No program

Register at community centre.

Foster Farm Community Centre

1065 Ramsey Cresent

613-828-2004

No program

Register at community centre.

Michele Heights Community Centre

2955 Michèle Drive

613-828-5100

No program 

Register at community centre.

Camps

Summer camps

Operate June to September.

Inclusive recreation

Inclusive Recreation [ PDF - 297 KB]

PD Day camps

Browse PD day camps - "type P.D. Day" in the search box.

Winter holiday camps

Operate December to January.

March break camps

The March break eGuide will be available in January 2019.

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

Youth leadership programs

Real training, Real certificates, Real experience!

The City of Ottawa offers a full range of leadership programs for youth 13 and up.

A complete list of courses is available in the Summer Camp section of the Recreation Guide.

“My daughter really enjoyed the leadership camp. She learned so much, made some great friends, and recognized some strengths that she didn't even know she had.” Lori Kerrigan, mom of past participant

“It was amazing and rewarding to see how much the participants grew. I didn’t even recognize them by the end of the program.” Derek McDonald, leadership instructor

“It was a fun way to develop life lessons and skills, gain work experience and meet new friends.” Liane Geis, past participant

Leadership Foundation

This two week program is aimed at 13 year olds and focuses on having fun while providing participants with an introduction to leadership styles, team building and communication skills. 

Leadership in Action

This two or three week program is aimed at 14 year olds and focuses on leadership development, team building, enhanced communication skills, first aid training (‘Basic first aid’ certificate) and valuable work experience in a recreation setting. Please note HST applies to participants 15 years and up.

Advanced Leadership Program (ALP)

This program is aimed at youth 15 years and up and focuses on valuable pre-employment skills, hands on work experience in recreation (qualifies for the 40+ hours of community service), certification in High Five: Principle of Healthy Child Development, Standard First aid, CPR, and defibrillator training. Participants will receive a certificate from the Mayor in a City Hall ceremony.

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.

3 to 5 year programs run 2 hours and are offered from 9:15 am to 11:15 am.  2 year old programs are 1 hour and run from 9:15 am to 10:15 am. Ages are strictly enforced due to the new Provincial Early Years Act.

Fall and Winter Registration opens August 15 at 9 pm online.

How to register

Register online starting August 15 at 9 pm, or in-person starting August 16 during business hours for fall and winter 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. 15258 or the Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven at 613-727-2683.

For Duffer Doo programs at:

  • Chapman Mills, call 613-822-7887 extension 27
  • Richmond Memorial, call 613-580-2532
  • Ray Friel, call 613-580-4765

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.

For more information, please contact:
Wendy Royer, 613-580-2424 ext. 15491

Red Heart Logo  Child jumping over logo

Staff: qualified and enthusiastic!

City of Ottawa Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services is a registered 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 ($175 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.