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Mooney's Bay Ski Centre

Terry Fox Athletic Facility (at Mooney's Bay Park) 
2960 Riverside Drive

Come to Mooney's Bay Park and enjoy 5 km of groomed and well-lit trails. Learn or improve your skills with our lesson packages for all levels in classic or skate skiing. Mooney's Bay Park has it all. Perfect for after work. Perfect for the entire family. 

Registration for 2018 season

Browse registered courses at Terry Fox Athletic Facility (Mooney's Bay Ski Centre). Register online.

Rentals by 'Lafleur de la Capital' - 613-298-3775

Mooney's Bay Park

Hours of operation

The facility will be open from January to early March (weather permitting) at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, 9 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

Schedules are subject to change.


  • $3.25 per day
  • $36 for the season

Fees are subject to change.

Ski centre features

  • 5 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate (freestyle) skiing techniques
  • Indoor change rooms and washrooms
  • Lit trails for night skiing
  • A ski tuck shop and hot chocolate for sale
  • Free use of our indoor wax benches and waxing irons
  • Free information on equipment, clothing, waxing, trails and related services
  • Free parking

Trail conditions

View Mooney’s Bay Cross Country Ski Conditions.


The City of Ottawa cross-country ski school in Mooney's Bay Park offers a great selection of lessons starting in January 2018.

  • Lessons for children, youth and adults from experienced and qualified instructors
  • Classes for all abilities from beginner to advanced
  • Classic or skate skiing lessons
  • Offered seven days a week with convenient day and evening options
  • Special group packages available

Private Instruction

One-on-One Private Instruction - we will create a customized workout just for you. 60 minute session: $78.25.

Semi-Private Private Instruction - a great opportunity to work out with a friend or family member! 60 minute session: $60.25 per person.

Small Group Private Instruction - designed for 3 to 4 participants. 60 minute session: $30.25 per person.

To book your private instruction session(s), you can either pick up in person or print off our Private Instruction 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.

City Wide Sports


City Wide Sports Logo

Our mission: Changing lives through the power of sport since 1985

City Wide Sports is dedicated to improving lives by offering inclusive sport and physical activity programs for everyone.

We can assist by:

  • Offering Women only leagues and lessons as part of City Wide Sports. We advocate and encourage females of all skill levels to participate in sport and physical activity as a player, coach or official
  • Offering an Active Living Club for participants 50+ years 
  • Providing information on financial support to participate in sport

View the Recreation Guide.

Contact us
Call: 613-580-2854

Cycling education programs

Become more comfortable and confident on the road, learning assertive cycling skills, traffic analysis, general bicycle maintenance, route planning and more. The City's cycling programs have been developed using the Canadian Cycling Association's CAN-BIKE program. CAN-BIKE is oriented toward recreational and utilitarian cycling. Instructors are nationally certified highly skilled cyclists.

Programs are offered from April through to October across the city.

Got a Bike Club? Sign your group up for a lesson.

See you on the road.


Cycling education courses for children

Bike RODEO – ages 6-10 – 2 hours

Essential bicycle handling and traffic skills for young cyclists in a fun festival type atmosphere. Topics include helmet fitting, bicycle maintenance, handling, signalling, gears, braking, avoiding road hazards and more. Participants must know how to ride.

Learn to Ride Private Lessons – ages 6 and up

For children and youth who cannot ride a bike. Participants will learn to balance, start, stop and turn. One 2-hour or two 1-hour sessions are offered on a one to one basis. Participants must have a bicycle and helmet. Instructors will meet you at your local school parking lot.

Cycling Safety for Kids – ages 9-13 – 4 hours

Essential bicycle handling and traffic skills for young cyclists. Helmet fitting, bicycle maintenance, handling, signalling, gears, braking, avoiding road hazards and more. Participants must know how to ride.

CAN-BIKE for Kids – ages 9-13 – 8 hours

Learn steering, signalling, right and left turns, changing gears, braking and avoiding road hazards. Young cyclists are taught to ride safely to school or to the local swimming pool on residential streets. Participants must know how to ride.

Rural Cycling for Youth – ages 14-17 – 4 hours

Enhance cycling skills for teenagers with riding experience. Maintenance, handling, hazard avoidance, emergency manoeuvres and learning to ride more safely in low-traffic areas.

Cycling education courses for adults

Commuter Cycling Safety – ages 14+ – 4 hours

Improve your confidence and ability to ride safely in traffic. Learn traffic theory and assertive cycling techniques. You must have basic experience cycling in low traffic areas.

CAN-BIKE I – ages 15 and up – 12 hours

Designed for both beginner and occasional cyclists, learn to ride confidently and safely in low traffic areas and on recreational pathways. Bike care, minor repairs, riding techniques, detecting and avoiding hazards, and emergency manoeuvres.

CAN-BIKE II – ages 15 and up – 18 hours

Assertive cycling is for commuters and recreational cyclists who already ride in traffic. Review riding skills, cycling proficiency, bicycle maintenance, health and fitness, equipment and bicycle consumerism. Pre-requisite for instructor training.

CAN-BIKE Commuter Cycling Safety – ages 18+ – 6 hours

Cycling to school or work offers significant challenges to both novice and experienced cyclists. One-day course for recreational and commuter cyclists who want to improve their competence and comfort level in traffic. Learn to recognize and react to common road hazards. Traffic problems are presented, then ridden through and discussed. Learn about the legal status of bicycles and essential bicycle handling techniques.

Cycling Skills for Women – 4 hours

Learn riding skills, bike maintenance, equipment, health and fitness. Specific topics such as night security and riding with children are explored. Female instructors.

Adult Learn to Ride Private Lesson – 1 hour

For adults who cannot ride a bike. Learn to balance, start, stop and turn. One session, on a one-to-one basis. You must have a bicycle and helmet.

Cycling Skills for Seniors – ages 50 and over – 3 hours

Learn the skills to ride confidently and safely in traffic areas and on recreational pathways. Bike care, minor repairs, riding techniques, detecting and avoiding hazards and emergency manoeuvres, helmet fitting, route planning and pathway safety.

CAN-BIKE Instructor Workshops – ages 16 and up – 18 hours

Workshops are open to CAN-BIKE II graduates with recommendations from their instructor. Develop effective teaching skills, course planning and risk management. Excellent rates of pay, flexible schedule and great opportunities. Instructors who complete all requirements and teach a minimum of three courses in the first year will be subsidized for 50 per cent of the costs affiliated with becoming a certified instructor.

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.