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Active Living in Ottawa for Older Adults


The adage of ‘use it or lose it’ holds true when it comes to fitness and the pursuit of fun. Beyond the rudimentary fitness benefits, City of Ottawa programs help you develop the strength and endurance to enjoy life, maintain independence and take on new challenges.

You’ll be amazed at the variety fitness programs offered at City of Ottawa recreation centres — everything from pickleball to strength and balance classes. If you crave a good strength training workshop, are a music fanatic or just love to dance, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got activities to keep your mind sharp too:

  • Meditation
  • Bridge
  • Line dancing
  • Ukulele
  • ‘Food for Thought’ lunch and learn sessions 

It’s always a good time to learn something new and meet other like-minded people.

The City of Ottawa has four centres specifically for seniors and many other recreation facilities across the city. Wherever you go, you’ll find tons of activities for the 55+ community and something to challenge your mind and body.

Centres specifically for seniors:

  • Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre
  • Heron Road Community Centre
  • Kanata Seniors Centre
  • Nepean Seniors Recreation Centre

Check out the City of Ottawa’s Recreation eGuide online at or drop in at your local centre for a printed copy. You can even call and chat with our staff to find something that’s perfect for you.

This article was put together by Anita Findlay, Fitness Program Coordinator with the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre.