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Recreation & Fitness

Old Ottawa South is an active community. Residents benefit from numerous recreational and fitness resources for both indoor and outdoor activities. When asked, most neighbours will point to the "walk-ability" of Old Ottawa South as one of its many assets. Many residents are able to walk or bicycle to work, and during the winter a number even skate! This, coupled with our parks, ice skating rinks, community centre, swimming pool and commercial fitness facilities ensures that all community members have access to a wide array of recreational and fitness resources. Below you will find a short listing of some of the facilities which add to the quality of life in Old Ottawa South.

Lansdowne Park

Just over the Bank Street Bridge from Old Ottawa South, Lansdowne Park offers a variety of recreational facilities.

Aberdeen Pavilion / Horticulture Building

The City of Ottawa offers special events and recreational programming in these two heritage buildings. See the Lansdowne section of the city's website for programs and events.

Lansdowne Park

Skating, children's play area, basketball court, and more are all a part of this nearby civic space. See the City of Ottawa website for full details including upcoming events.

TD Place

Football, soccer, hockey, concerts, and more are offered at Lansdowne. See the TD Place website for details on upcoming events.

Abbotsford at the Glebe Centre

Abbotsford House is a special place close to Old Ottawa South with a comprehensive range of programs and services offered to seniors living in the community.  The programs are dedicated to helping people remain healthy and happy in their own homes.

A full range of recreational programming is available, with offerings such as Pilates, Folk Dancing, Seated Aerobics, Muscle Toning, and much more.

For further information, see

Brewer Park Complex

This multipurpose facility provides users with a wide selection of services and amenities including a six-lane pool, ice rink and outdoor playing surfaces including a long track skating oval in the winter. A variety of recreation programs are offered including swimming lessons, aquafitness, skating lessons, public skates and swims.

For a complete listing of programs offered at the Brewer Complex, please consult the City of Ottawa Recreation Guide, available at all City of Ottawa facilities.


Ottawa Sport & Social Club

Ottawa Sport & Social Club (OSSC) is Ottawa’s largest co-ed adult recreational leagues providers with over 8,000 players playing each season. OSSC offers over 19 different sports and classes and play within a 20km radius of downtown Ottawa. The club partners with the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club (OTLBC) as this is home to the 6 beach volleyball courts that OSSC owns and operates.

The primary mandates of OSSC are to provide a league setting for adults to be active, have fun, and meet new people. The full listing of leagues and classes, including beach volleyball at OTLBC can be found at this link:

Boomerang Kids Strollercising Programs

A walking club for all new Moms and Moms to be...operated through Boomerang Kids.

Stroll your way to fitness with an hour of fun by working out with your baby, whether in the stroller, a carrier, or in your tummy! A certified fitness instructor and personal trainer (and a new Mom) will coach and motivate you toward a "tonier" look, and help you to discover the exceptional benefits of walking and strollercising. Trek along on of Ottawa's most beautiful and scenic canal paths while enjoying the companionship and support of new moms.