Friday, 15 January 2021

City of Ottawa Special advisory: winter weather parking ban in effect Saturday night to Sunday morning


Due to weather conditions, the winter weather parking ban will be in effect between Saturday, January 16 at 7 pm and Sunday, January 17 at 7 am across Ottawa. These hours might be extended if additional time is needed to complete winter road operations.

During a winter weather parking ban, parking is prohibited on city streets so crews can plow easily and effectively. Vehicles parked on the street during a ban may be ticketed and towed. On-street monthly parking permit holders are exempt from this restriction when they are parked in residential parking permit zones.

Available parking

During winter weather parking bans, residents will have access to covered City-owned parking garages and select OC Transpo park and rides. Visit for more information about which City facilities are available at during winter weather parking bans.

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For more winter parking information, please visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

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Thursday, 14 January 2021

City of Ottawa - Register for City virtual programming!


Virtual Arts and Recreation Programs
registration begins tonight!
We can’t control our excitement! Registration for our virtual programming will open at 9 pm! The City is offering a variety of classes including arts, cooking, fitness, meditation, languages and more. These courses are offered in a real-time, live stream, interactive format. Today is the day to register!
How does it work?
The winter class offerings will be staggered over three sessions. The first session will consist of short workshops, starting on Mondday, January 25. This is your chance to try something new. Leave it at that or pursue it further in six-week courses. Then in March, there will be another set of workshops, giving you the chance to try something else prior to the next session’s registration.
Why go virtual?
Virtual classes can help in our COVID-19 prevention efforts. Staying active and occupied is a perfect way to support physical and mental health. You may also meet new people with common interests, reconnect with acquaintances or take part with a friend in another household. Do it all from the comforts of your own home.

Staying active and exploring interests is important for everyone’s mental health. So why not check out a virtual class or two?

Thursday, 7 January 2021

City of Ottawa virtual arts and recreation


Check out our Virtual Arts and Recreation Centre!
Start 2021 with a new virtual hobby. The City will be offering a wide range of classes including arts, cooking, fitness, meditation, languages and more. These courses are offered in a real-time, live stream, interactive format. Firstly, there are short workshops, followed by six-week courses, and then another round of workshops.

This is a great opportunity to learn
something new or continue an activity you enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home. Why not ask a friend to join up with you and you can virtually meet in class? Activity is great for both physical and mental health.

Dates to remember:

The eGuide listings will be available online on a new website page –– which will be live on Monday, January 11.
Courses on sale – Thursday, January 14
Programs start – Monday, January 25

Mandatory masks around City rinks
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, masks are now mandatory within 15 metres (50 feet) of the ice edge around all City owned or operated on behalf of the City, public outdoor rinks. Masks are not mandatory when skating, but highly recommended. For those enjoying the beautiful outdoor rinks Ottawa has to offer, please keep a two-metre distance from anyone not in your household.
25-person limit on all City rinks and sledding hills
Please note that the maximum number of people on ice surfaces and sledding hills is now set to 25. This is to ensure physical distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will be on a first come first serve basis for community rinks and sledding hills, so please be considerate of others wishing to take part in this winter activity.
Refrigerated ice surfaces move to reserved skating
Starting Saturday, January 9, the four refrigerated ice rinks will move to a reservation system. Skaters at the City Hall Rink of Dreams, Lansdowne Park Skating Court, Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink of Dreams and Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink will be required to show their reservation on a mobile device or printed paper.

Bookings open on Friday, January 8 at 6 pm. Skate sessions will be booked in 45-minute slots. To reserve please visit

For more information please visit

Let’s enjoy the outdoor ice that the City has to offer, but let’s do it safely.

Reminder, City facilities remain closed
As we continue the province-wide shut down, recreation and cultural facilities remain temporarily closed. For more information, please visit

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Skating Rink Preparation

 We now have enough snow to start building the base for the skating rink in Kilreen Park.

We need people to come to the part with snowshoes, sleds or shovels to stop down the snow and create banks around the rink. Please bring a mask or face covering in case physical distancing is not possible.

We aim to start work on the skating rink base at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 3rd.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and for another excellent season at the rink!

When: 9:00 a.m., Sunday, January 3rd

Where: Kilreen Park