Rideau-Goulbourn: winter recreation

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.

Sledding Hills/Tobogganing

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.

Cross-country skiing

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.

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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.

Seasonal openings and closures at City of Ottawa parks

The City of Ottawa has reopened its 55 approved sledding hills. The hills had been closed due to a lack of snow and ice conditions. The hills now have enough snow to allow for safe sledding. Outdoors enthusiasts are invited to sled while weather and hill conditions permit, and to keep personal safety in mind while sledding.

Approved sledding hill locations and safety tips are available on the City’s website at ottawa.ca.

Outdoor rinks

The City of Ottawa is closing most of its outdoor skating rinks due to the fluctuations in temperature that make ice skating conditions unsafe and are detrimental to the maintenance of surfaces. The City and the numerous volunteers responsible for the maintenance of the skating surfaces urge residents to avoid using the outdoor rinks.

For a list of rinks which remain open, please contact the Seasonal Recreation office at 613-580-2590 or visit ottawarinkconditions.ca

The refrigerated ice surface at the Rink of Dreams will remain open throughout March until the daily high temperature reaches 10oC. Check ottawa.ca/rinkofdreams for daily updates.

The refrigerated ice surface at Ben Franklin Place remains open until March 9.