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Calling all March Break campers!

Don’t miss out on the fun week planned for your children at your local facilities! A wide range of choices are available for March Break Camps ranging from Camp Ottawa Adventure Plus to Shakespeare Theatre camp to Robotics EV3 Extreme. You’ll find something to inspire every child in your family in the online March Break Camp guide.

Heart Health Month

The City of Ottawa, in collaboration with The University of Ottawa Heart Institute, is excited to let you know that February is Heart Health Month! To celebrate we’re talking about our Heart Wise Exercise Programs. These programs are dedicated to helping you take care of the most important muscle in your body – your heart! Heart Wise Exercise Programs are tailor made to help those with or without concerns about their heart-health and help provide them with fitness opportunities that meet their needs. To find out more about our Heart Wise programs please check us out at

Call for Artists – Young at Art 2019

Students! Now is the time to enter your artwork for Young at Art 2018! Teens can participate in this city-wide juried art exhibition for a chance to exhibit their work and have their talents recognized. Application forms are now available online. For latest updates and everything you need to know visit But be quick! The March 22 at 4:00 PM deadline is fast approaching.

Winterlude Activities: February 1 to 18

Don’t let the cold keep you indoors, Winterlude is back! Explore the ice sculptures in the Crystal Garden at Conferderation Park, skate the Canal and, of course, enjoy a delicious local favourite - Beavertails.

Shenkman Arts Centre has partnered with Winterlude for a family event in Orléans. Enjoy Fête Frissons on Saturday, February 2, 10 am to 2 pm.

Arts Centres are the Best

Breeze through frosty winter days with specialized arts courses and workshops at one of our Arts centres. Interested in music, theatre, dance or just lots of art? NCAC is the place for you. Or explore how science meets art while your find your inner Picasso at NVAC. Either way, we’ve got you covered when it comes to getting your winter art fix!

Summer Hiring Campaign

Our summer hiring campaign is officially underway! We’re looking to fill lots of positions in the recreation and cultural fields. Work as a lifeguard, aquafit instructor, wading pool attendant or as a service representatives at a City recreation complex. See if there’s a position that’s right for you at the City by visiting!

Community Galleries

Atrium Art Gallery - Joy Kardish, Transference - February 15 to March 20, 2019

Trinity Art Gallery - Arteast, Mosaic - February 14 to March 19, 2019

Gallery 112 - Ginny Fobert,Inside Out Upside Down - January 11 to February 23

Coming up in February!

Every month there are tons of events put on by the City to help build community, provide learning opportunities or just have some fun! Check out our list of top events happening this month at your local recreation facilities.

What we're excited about this month

What are you excited about for February? Join the conversation on Facebook and let us know!

"Ahh February! It’s still winter but I find myself starting to look towards March Break vacation with the family and I even start to plan for summer. This year my son starts to work on his community hours so volunteering with the City is a great way to earn those hours. I think this is also the year he will sign up for a leadership certification course where he can get some valuable training to help him develop skills for that part time job he wants to find. February is a month to plan the year ahead, get involved, and take advantage of all the opportunities there are in our own community."
  • Laura
"February is such an exciting time in Ottawa. While I'm not the biggest fan of winter, I love taking the family to the Winterlude activities (who doesn’t love a hot Beavertail on a cold day?). Lansdowne Park is having a retro roller disco this month, where I get to dust off my quad skates and pretend I'm 16 all over again, this time with my husband in tow. It looks like February will be full of family time and date nights in the city. Enjoy!"
  • Sarah
"To me the best thing about winter is going south (ha ha). That’s not going to happen this year so I’ll do what may prove to be the next best thing and go to the new cultural music festival that’s been added to the final weekend of Winterlude: Come See & Hear the World."
  • Karen
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