Register soon for fall recreation and culture programs

Starting Monday, July 31, browse to start planning your fall activities and PA days for the 2023-2024 school year. Registration opens for:

  • Fall swimming lessons on Monday, August 14 at 9 pm
  • All other fall activities and PA days on Wednesday, August 16 at 9 pm

Take fun to new heights by sharpening your skating, swimming or fitness skills. Try a group sport and learn leadership and fair play skills on and off the rink, court or field.  Nurture your love of the arts through painting, dancing, music or cooking. Improve your social well-being and mental health through yoga, Pilates, martial arts and other mindfulness practices.  

The City has programs for all ages and skill levels, in English and French, in-person and virtual.

Discover the arts

Bring the arts to life this fall with art courses at our two professional arts centres! At the Shenkman Arts Centre, register to taste or dance your way through the world. Experience the flavours of Thailand, Europe and Latin America with a cooking class, or choose from a variety of dance classes for all ages, including belly dancing, Argentine tango, ballet and ballroom.

At the Nepean Visual Arts Centre, children and adults alike can discover a variety of techniques, from learning how to paint and draw with watercolors and acrylics, to working with clay in a pottery class.

Attend virtually

Want to stay active but can’t attend in person? All you need is reliable internet and a computer or tablet with video and microphone capabilities. Choose from a wide range of virtual fitness, art, martial arts, cooking, junior science and technology programs for children and many more activities.  Starting this fall, try our new hybrid classes offered at the Routhier Community Centre. Join online or in-person and find that balance you’re looking for.

PA days and before and after school care

When school's out, keep kids between the ages of 4 to 12 busy with crafts, games and the opportunity to make new friends. Register for the upcoming school year PA days on August 16.  Registration for before and after school care is already open.

New for September, parents can book single days for after school programs. And for children who need a little extra help, the City’s Inclusive Recreation team provides integration support. Visit Inclusive Recreation to learn more about Shared Care 1:1 support.

Tony Graham Recreation Complex – Kanata

Looking for activities at the Kanata Recreation Complex? The facility’s name has now been changed thanks to the generous sponsorship by Tony Graham Automotive Group. Starting July 31, search for “Tony Graham Recreation Complex – Kanata” to find all the programs offered there this fall. 

Registration tips

To create an account, visit is external), submit your email address and create a password. Next, add your family members and be sure to save your credit card information when creating your new account. Adding these details in advance makes checkout much easier.

Once your account is set up, bookmark your preferred activities in a wish list for quick retrieval on registration night. Explore activities on is external) using sort filters, like time and day, age group, and language. You can also use the map function to look at options beyond your local recreation centre. Be sure to bookmark a few activities just in case your first choice is full.

For more information visit: Browse and register for courses and camps | City of Ottawa.

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