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The City of Ottawa needs qualified Aquafit Instructors! If you’re looking for a way to get started with the City and take the first step towards a meaningful career in recreation, look no further that our Aquafit Instructor Certification programs. Enjoy skating and want to serve your community? Become a public skating attendant!

Winter Registration

Snow? Bring it on! The nation’s capital doesn’t let winter slow us down. This is when we get to enjoy skating, skiing and curling. Tune up your skills and enjoy the frozen winter terrain of your choice.

Even we have to admit it: some days are just a bit too cold to be out there. When the temperature plummets, keep the cold at bay with hundreds of indoor classes and activities to choose from. Make your time inside exciting by indulging your creative side and exploring what the Arts Centres have to offer.

Gift Certificates

Let your loved ones choose their fun with a City of Ottawa Recreation and Culture gift certificate. With hundreds of camps, classes and activities to choose from, give them the best gift ever!

Fitness - Head Start On Your Resolution

The holidays are often full of hearty meals and desserts...and while there’s nothing wrong with a little festive indulgence here and there, why not include your 2019 fitness goals as part of your holiday enthusiasm? Choose from swimming, gyms, instructor-led classes or an all-inclusive membership. Enjoy affordable, convenient and flexible fitness programs for you and everyone in your family.

Active Living Club - Outdoor Recreation for Adults 50+

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. The Active Living Club has an amazing membership available to all residents 50+ years young. If you share our love of snowshoeing, cross country skiing and the outdoors in general, consider spending your winter exploring the Ottawa and Gatineau regions with our qualified and enthusiastic guides!

Cross Country Ski School

No need to go to the mountain, ski right here in the city. Mooney’s Bay Park has 5 kms of perfectly maintained cross country ski trails located in the heart of Ottawa. On December 10, find out everything you need to know about the Mooney’s Bay Ski Centre at our open house and hear us talk about everything from equipment to lessons while you meet our instructors and enjoy a warm beverage!

Children’s Services Parent Survey

Do you have children 0–12 years old? The City of Ottawa wants to hear about your child care needs and experiences. Your feedback will help shape child care services in Ottawa. Take the survey by December 16, 2018. You could win one of 2 iPads!

I Love To

Many families in Ottawa have difficulty registering their children in sports and recreational programs because of financial restrictions or because there are few opportunities for their children who have physical or developmental challenges.

All children should experience playing Canada’s favourite sport! As a part of the I Love to Play Hockey program, participants learn basic hockey skills such as stick handling, puck control, passing, receiving and shooting in addition to the rules of the game. Community partners and children walk to neighbourhood outdoor rinks for lessons. Children and youth are outfitted with skates, helmets and sticks. At the completion of lessons, a special event takes place at the Canadian Tire Centre.
For more information, please contact Mike Lalonde; 613-809-1158 or 613 580-2424 ext. 27673

The December Big Band Dance at Ron Kolbus

Get dressed up and join us for the Winter Ball at Ron Kolbus featuring the swinging sounds of The Pharaohs. December 6 is a night you won’t want to miss. Find out everything you need to know and register here!

Community Galleries December

Atrium Trinity
  • Mario Cerroni - November 22, 2018 to January 8, 2019 | Double Vision

Holiday shows

What we're excited about this month

"With the temperatures on the chilly side and the snow falling it’s definitely getting my family in the mood for the festive season! We love parades, shows and hot chocolates by the fire at this time of year. Also, who doesn’t love a sparkly tree? I’m excited to start December in Ottawa enjoying all the city has to offer, then ending the year in the UK visiting family and friends. All that is left to say is, I wish you happy holidays full of love, laughter and warmth!"
  • Sarah
"December means getting out the winter toys so the whole family can make the best of the snow. I love to take some time to get outside and enjoy skating at Ben Franklin Place and cross country skiing at Mooney’s Bay Ski Centre - right here within the city! It’s one of the perks to living in Ottawa. I hope you and your family enjoy the holiday season."
  • Laura
"Winter showed up early and at first I was pretty peeved - I’ll be honest. But then I started thinking about the holidays. I started thinking about spending time with my family, snowy evenings spent under a blanket, shamelessly long midday naps and the simple joy of what our Danish friends call Hygge. It’s all good stuff. So yeah, for now I’m pretty on board with winter and the holidays. After new years? I can’t make any promises."
  • Justice
What are you excited about for December? Join the conversation on Facebook and let us know!
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