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Fall registration

The Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 Recreation eGuides are out! Aquatic registration starts at 9 pm on August 13 (online or by phone). For all other programs, registration starts at 9 pm on August 15 (online or by phone). When registering, it’s important to have your client barcode and family pin. To find everything you need visit Ottawa.ca.

Last push for summer registration

It’s not too late! With a huge variety of athletic, creative, fun and adventurous programs, you’re sure to find something to get excited about!

Activities WEST of Bank Street:
  • Ball Hockey Adventure (Manotick Arena) | 7 to 12 years | 1153814
  • Basketball & Swim (Canterbury Recreation Complex) | 8 to 12 years | 1141315
  • Drama Camp (Walter Baker Sports Centre) | 7 to 13 years | 1162555
Activities EAST of Bank Street:
  • No Fixed Address! (Bob MacQuarrie Rec. Complex – Orléans) | 8 to 13 years | 1154466
  • Sports & Swim (Splash Wave Pool) | 6 to 7 years | 1145200
  • Swim Explorer (François Dupuis Recreation Centre) | 6 to 12 years | 1163758

Mooney’s Bay Survey

The City of Ottawa wants to hear from you about what to consider when planning for possible renovation or replacement of the Mooney’s Bay Park Pavilion. Please take the time to fill out the Mooney’s Bay Park Pavilion survey (FR) and have your voice heard.

Culture in the Capital

August is Archeology Month: For all of August there will be Archaeological events happening throughout the City, including an exhibit at City Hall and a dig at Pinhey’s Point, to celebrate Ottawa’s diverse and rich archaeological history

- Piece together clues and help brother and sister duo Pen and Cob unravel the mystery of Swan River at Petrie Island!

- The Summer Lunch Series is Shenkman Arts Centre’s way of celebrating the diversity of local artist within Orléans.

Community Galleries:
                   - Atrium Art Gallery -
                                Patricia Kenny: Rebirth
Ming Shui Jang: From East to West

                   - Trinity Art Gallery -
                               Salon A - Ottawa Mixed Media Artists: Mixed Impressions
                               Salon B - Adèle Gauthier: Poétique

Try It!

Interested in trying the gym, indoor cycling or an aquafitness class? Come pick up a free fitness pass and get 3 visits to participating facilities to try a variety of activities. Get fit today!

After school programs

The most important meal of the day is fun! The City of Ottawa offers before and after school programs that are the perfect balance of games, sports, arts and crafts with time set aside for homework.

Here's what we're excited about for August

The Discover Rec team lives in and loves Ottawa as much as the next person. When we asked the team what they were looking forward to in August they said:

August is one of the few months in the year where I try to get out of Ottawa. After living in Toronto for a few years and finally moving home to Ottawa, one of the things I appreciate most is how quickly you can get from downtown to the country. August is when my partner and I try and spend some time camping, hanging out on the lake or going for long drives through the southern Ontario countryside.


August drives me a bit crazy because there’s always more things I want to see than I have free weekends. Our family is looking forward to cultural festivals like the Ottawa Greek Festival and the Great Indian Festival and going to the Navan Fair. I’m also really hoping to make it out to Torchlight Shakespeare this year and Lumière Ottawa, which somehow we haven’t ever made it to. Outdoor movies would be nice too, and the Busker’s Festival. Oh! And farmer’s markets and maybe an Ottawa Fury game and family picnics at the splash pad and exploring Gatineau Park and, well, you see what I mean!


My kids love to create and explore so they had a blast at Duffer Doo doing crafts and playing games this summer! They’re getting to the age where new interests are starting to blossom. I’m excited, as a mom, to give them some options to cultivate their talents and explore new things. I’m thinking the Twinkling Toes dance classes or Frosty Blades skating for this fall.


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

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