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Summer 2024 Recreation Update

Summer programs are online today!

Summer programs are now online to view. Aquatics programs open for registration on Tuesday, May 14 at 9 pm. All other recreation and culture programs open for registration on Thursday, May 16 at 9 pm. You can register for summer camps and Before and After School Programs now.  

Starting Tuesday, April 30, browse and create a wish list of your favourite programs and activities for the summer session.

Mark your calendars with these important registration dates:

  • Tuesday, May 14 at 9 pm:

    • Swimming lessons and swimming activities

  • Thursday, May 16 at 9 pm:

    • All other recreation, cultural and virtual activities

    • Orientation sessions for the Tony Graham Youth Workout Pass

Enjoy a wide range of recreational and cultural activities at the City’s museums, recreation complexes and parks in English or French. With indoor and outdoor features like art studios, gymnasiums, rinks, tennis and basketball courts, pools and splash pads, there’s an activity and a space for everyone to be active this summer.

Explore new frontiers with popular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs. Or discover the specialized arts programs delivered by professional instructors at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre, Nepean Creative Arts Centre or Shenkman Arts Centre.

If you can’t attend in-person, consider a virtual program that strikes the right balance between keeping active and enjoying the comforts of home.

Prepare for registration night

Get the most out of registration night by preparing ahead. We recommend that you:

  • Create an account on or ensure you can log into your existing account

  • Confirm your account details are up to date, including your family members and credit card information

  • Make a wish list with a few of your preferred activities just in case your first choice is full

For more registration tips, watch the How to use tutorial video and check out the How to use instructions.

Never miss a registration date and get the most up to date information on City recreation and culture programs by subscribing to DiscoverRec.

Tony Graham youth workout pass

Don’t miss the Tony Graham youth workout pass this summer! Teens ages 13 to 17 can use the weight and cardio rooms for free at select facilities in July and August. Orientation sessions are online to view today and open to register on Thursday, May 16. 

Free virtual sessions for 50 +

If you are 50 +  you can now enjoy special virtual programs at no cost. There are creative arts courses, such as drawing and painting and zen doodling, interactive workshops, and discussion groups including virtual book club.  

Join the Junior Waterfront Lifeguard Club

Learn waterfront lifesaving techniques, participate in first aid scenarios and develop leadership skills to fast-track your lifesaving qualifications. Camps are offered in one- or two-week formats at Mooney’s Bay and Britannia Beach for participants aged 8 to 18. Contact for more information and register online

Play Free

Plan your spring and summer with Play Free activities for those 17 and under. From drop-in Saturday swim sessions to free admission to City of Ottawa museums, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and Billings Estate National Historic Site, you will be sure to find some fun activities for the family. 

Experience the Young at Art exhibition

Enjoy the incredible artwork of Ottawa’s youth at the Young at Art exhibition held at Shenkman Arts Centre, Salons A and B of Trinity Art Gallery. The exhibition will run from Thursday, April 25 to Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - join us in meeting the artists at the vernissage on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Award-winning artworks will also be featured online on the Young at Art Instagram account beginning in June. 

Work with us

Looking for a flexible and fun job this summer? Look no further! The City of Ottawa is hiring for part-time positions in Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services.  


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