If you're looking for some recreational fun in the City of Ottawa this winter, there is an abundance of free/low-cost options for the residents of Rideau-Goulbourn to enjoy both indoors and out!
Community Outdoor Rinks
Outdoor rinks are typically open sometime in December until February 28, 2014. Some sites may extend their season, but this decision may be different from one community to another as it's voluntary. You can find out more about outdoor rink locations and hours of operation by going to the City of Ottawa's outdoor rinks page.
You can check on rink conditions on the Ottawa Rinks site. This site is volunteer built, run and maintained. Users are able to update information on the site about rink conditions in their area.
Public Skating at City Arenas
Fees for public skating sessions range from free access for children 0 - 2 years to $2.50 per individuals 5 years and older or $6.75 per family (maximum 2 adults and their dependants); fees for specialized skating sessions such as shinny/pick-up hockey are $2.50 per child/youth/student or $5.75 for adults/seniors. Public Skating memberships are also available and/or included in the City’s All Inclusive Membership option.
Search for times on Ottawa.ca's public skating page.
There are 56 desginated sledding hills in the City of Ottawa. They are inspected by Staff regularly and information about, location, description, and whether hills are open or closed is posted to the City's Sledding hills page.
The Terry Fox Athletic Facility/Mooney's Bay Ski Centre (2960 Riverside Drive 613-247-4883) features a 5 kilometre loop of trackset and lit trails for classic and skate skiing and offers a ski instruction program. Weather permitting, facility is open from January to early March. The fee to access the trails is $2.65 per day or $33 per season.
The City, through purchase of service arrangements, also supports the grooming of cross country ski trails at Fitzroy Provincial Park, 5201 Canon Smith Drive (West Carleton Nordic Ski Club) and Sheila McKee Park (formerly Riverfront Park), 1730 Sixth Line Road (Kanata Nordic Ski Club). For more information on these trails and access fees, please visit www.wcnordic.com and www.kanataxcski.ca.
If you have any questions about these or any other City of Ottawa recreational program, please contact 3-1-1 (613-580-2400) or visit the websites listed above.