City of Ottawa winter programming goes online

The City of Ottawa winter e-guides are available online November 30. Stay healthy and active this winter by registering for any of the Ottawa winter recreation and arts activities. The activities have been COVID modified. Register online starting at 9:00 pm on Monday, December 7.

Winter programming will include:

  • Cross-country and skate-ski lessons for all ages and skill levels, including beginners, at the Terry Fox Athletic Centre, located at Mooney’s Bay.
  • Pottery, dance, digital arts, visual arts, multi-media, and music classes at the City’s three arts centres: Nepean Creative Arts Centre, Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Shenkman Arts Centre.
  • PA and winter break day camps for school-aged children between the ages of 4 and 12, featuring crafts, games and other social activities.
  • Low-ratio inclusive recreation, PA days and winter break camp programs for children, youth and adults with disabilities.
  • French instruction dance classes, PA days and winter break camp programs for pre-school and school-aged children.

Indoor public skating will also be starting up at the CARDELREC Recreation Complex-Goulbourn on December 1 by reservation only. The December 1 to 18 skating schedules are available online at ottawa.ca. Skating capacity will be limited to 25 skaters on the rink Reserve your 50-minute skate time up to two days in advance.

The following guidelines are in place for indoor skating:

  •  Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by one parent or guardian – on-ice or as a spectator.
  • There is a maximum of one spectator per participant, with a capacity of 25 spectators total.
  • Use of the player benches are restricted to the skaters only.
  • Skaters and spectators must also maintain two-metre physical distancing from people outside of their household.
  • While masks are not required on the ice, they must be worn throughout the building.
  • Changerooms will be open but skaters are encouraged to arrive dressed to skate. 
  • Access to the arena and changerooms will be allowed 15 minutes prior to and after the skate. 
  • Remember, a CSA-certified hockey helmet is required for children aged 10 and under. 

Additional arenas will open for the holiday public skating schedule to run from December 19 to January 5. The selected arena locations follow the hub model to concentrate service resumption at key facilities that are geographically distributed across the city and better suited to maintain public health protocols.

Payment options for the admission fee vary at each arena. Please check ottawa.ca for more information. 


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