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Register for Spring and Summer Programs

With March Break now behind us and the promise of sun and fun around the corner, see what’s available this spring and summer in your neighbourhood. From preschoolers to older adults there are a variety of programs to choose from!

Summer camps are also open for registration. Click here for the eGuide.

Be in the best seats at the City’s performing arts centres

Members get first chance at tickets for the Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe and Shenkman Arts Centre Presents season launches. Find out more about the benefits of being a Front + Centre member here.

Try It Fitness

Visit participating facilities and sign up for a free fitness pass!  No appointment needed. Your free pass gives you three visits to try out a range of exercise options. From our weight and cardio rooms to our group fitness, aqua fitness indoor cycling classes, public skating sessions, and access to our squash and racquetball courts, there is bound to be an activity you’ll love. Best of all, no matter where you live in the city, one of our facilities is nearby! Visit for full details and participating locations.

Active Living Club: Social fitness for seniors

The Active Living Club is a great way for seniors to connect with fellow outdoor enthusiasts in an encouraging, safe, and fun environment while staying active this spring and summer. The Active Living Club goes on multiple group cycling and hiking excursions throughout Ottawa. Find our more at and start living active!

HR promo - Hiring for summer positions

The City of Ottawa is currently accepting applications for its summer positions. If you’ve got a student in your house who’s looking for an exciting work opportunity this summer, look no further. The City is hiring a wide array of positions, everything from lifeguards to customer service representatives. There’s never been a better time to apply.

April exhibits at City of Ottawa Galleries

Atrium Art Gallery at Ben Franklin Place
Trinity Art Gallery at Shenkman Arts Centre: Gallery 112 at Central Archives - James K. Bartleman Centre

Young at Art

It’s the time of year when the work of Ottawa’s young artists can be seen showcased in Ottawa’s community art galleries. The artwork on display at Kanata Civic Art Gallery, Trinity Art Gallery at Shenkman Arts Centre and, the Atrium Art Gallery at Ben Franklin Place, this April to May will be from the city’s students who made it through the judging stage of Young at Art 2019. The exhibition, held annually since 1996, represents a tremendous opportunity for the public exhibition and recognition of the creative efforts of these young artists. All works are selected by jury and prizes are contributed by sponsors and the City of Ottawa.

To find an exhibit near you, look for locations and dates on the website.

What’s Happening

What we're excited about this month

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

Here’s hoping April means the end of winter and we can all start to enjoy all that spring brings. We are excited for family time over the Easter break, including egg hunts, movies and hot cross buns, and, hopefully some outside play. Most of the farms across the city open that weekend so we’ll be looking forward to our family tradition of visiting the spring lambs. I hope everyone enjoys so warmth and sun this April!

Even if snow is still on the ground, April is a time to start seeds for the garden. Plant herbs in pots and keep them indoors until after Victoria Day. As you use them, replenish with new seeds until late June or July so you can enjoy fresh flavours all summer long.

I am most excited about seeing grass again! Which means I will be playing softball soon, which is always so much fun (even if our team is terrible!). A few events I am very much looking forward to in April: Just for Laughs - Roadshow at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, Jerry Seinfeld at the NAC, and Peggy Baker Dance at the NAC.
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