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Buoy or toy?

I don’t know about you, but when temperatures rise, we look forward to our favourite summer activity, swimming! This usually means a trip to the local store to pick up beach and pool essentials: shovels and pails, snacks for lunch, and floatation devices to keep our children safe. The problem is, not all floatation devices are created equal.

Are you savvy when it comes to knowing the difference? Take the poll on our Facebook page to weigh in on which item is a toy and which item will keep your child safe this summer.

Whether it's in the pool, at the beach or cottage, we think about the fun, but not always the safety. Proper floatation devices are necessary but remember, adult supervision is also essential - no matter how well your child swims!

Discover Ottawa’s pools and beaches

The City has many places for you and your family to enjoy the water. Each location offers a broad range of fun and athletic programs. Stay safe this summer and take advantage of the City’s assortment of Red Cross swimming lessons, Aquafit and certification programs!

Employment opportunities in Recreation, Culture and Facility Services

Summer Camps

Summer camp adventures are only a few weeks away! Close to your home or on route to work, Ottawa offers a wide range of classic and specialty summer camps for all ages and skill levels.  These fun and fascinating camps are themed around the arts, sports, and sciences with options each week for preschoolers, children and teens.

French camps can now be found across the entire city with more locations and offerings in the west and south than ever before.

Camps are filling up quickly, so we suggest you register soon!

Download our PDF guides to conveniently view the huge selection of camps being offered this year.

English Summer Camp Guide

French Summer Camp Guide

Developing the future of municipal recreation spaces*

We invite you to share your ideas and comments on municipal recreation facilities.
Tell us what works and what doesn’t work to help us plan for the future of recreation spaces in Ottawa!
Please join us at an in-person workshop on:
Registration is not required.
Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require accommodation, please contact the project team at or 613-580-2424 ext. 27366 before June 11.

Register now for City After School Programs, available for 4 to 12 years

Registration is now open for After School Programs, and the great news is, the program is now available to 4-12 year olds! 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! Looking for care before school? Check with your local facility today!

Follow in french

On a related note, did you know that we have French programming at many of our recreation and cultural facilities all across the city? Want to know more? Follow us on our French Facebook page and don’t forget to subscribe to our French e-newsletter sent monthly straight to your inbox. Join now so you can be first to hear all the news!

Seasonal outdoor operations

Find out more about ball diamond and other outdoor recreation rentals.

Lifeguards are on duty from June 15 to August 25, 2019, every day from noon to 7 pm

National Health and Fitness Day

Residents of Ottawa are invited to participate in our two-for-one admission in celebration of National Health and Fitness Day, Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Take advantage of this opportunity at one of our weight and cardio rooms or public swims (excludes wave swim) throughout the day at select locations.

Keep active and have fun!

Visit the City of Ottawa website for full details on National Health and Fitness Day.

Find out more information on National Health and Fitness Day

Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe’s new season

The  2019/20 season is full of laughs, music, dancing, and family entertainment.

Featuring artists such as Max Weinberg, Howie Mandel, Shaun Majumder, Les Mckeown’s Bay City Rollers, Meghan Patrick, The Irish Rovers, Llama, Llama Live, and many, many more.

2019-2020 Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe lineup

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