Things To Do In Ottawa

Up to 56% Off at Spring Action Trampoline Centre

Spring Action Trampoline

C$45.20 C$22

Drop-in trampoline classes allow beginners and more advanced students alike to enjoy quality jump time for fun or fitness

Up to 51% Off 18 Holes of Golf and Six-Course Meal

Ashton

C$138 C$69

Tree-lined fairways and contoured greens of the course celebrating its 35th anniversary; couples enjoy a Valentine's Day meal after a round

Up to 50% Off Home Runs For Autism Charity Event

Ottawa Stadium

C$24 C$12

Former MLB star Jose Canseco squares off against NHLer Cody Ceci and other hockey players during a charitable softball game

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

C$350 C$20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 47% Off Ferrari Test Drive or Porsche Rental

Multiple Locations

C$299 C$179

Speedy jaunts in the red Ferrari 360 Spider F1 include insurance and gas; the rental Porsche boasts 345hp and can go 200+ mph

Up to 44% Off Bowling for Up to Six at Galaxie Bowling

Gatineau

C$47 C$28

Twelve 5-pin lanes, 8 10-pin lanes, and 4 duckpin lanes for players to engage in rounds of regular bowling or play on Rock ‘n’ Bowl evenings

Up to 51% Off Haunted Ottawa Walking Tour

Ottawa

C$33.34 C$16.50

Nighttime walking tours lit by lantern light focus on hauntings at locations such as the Bytown Museum and Grant House

74% Off Kids' Martial Arts Birthday Party

Kanata Lakes - Marchwood Lakeside - Morgan's Grant - Kanata

C$150 C$39

Two-hour children's birthday party includes board-breaking demonstrations and use of a samurai sword for cutting the cake

Up to 85% Off Snap Fitness Membership

Snap Fitness Bridlewood

C$230 C$35

Members work out 24/7 on treadmills, weight machines, and equipment from Cybex, Woodway, and Matrix

Up to 91% Off at Brown’s Martial Arts

Kanata Lakes - Marchwood Lakeside - Morgan's Grant - Kanata

C$178 C$19

Little Dragons caters to the 3–5 age bracket, whereas karate and ThaiBox Fit teach martial arts and fitness to older crowds

Up to 89% Off High Intensity & Cardio Classes

Ottawa

C$75 C$19

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High intensity-and-cardio classes help build muscle while making bodies leaner

Up to 67% Off Classes at Lu's Taekwon-Do Orleans

Chapel Hill

C$75 C$25

Experienced taekwon-do instructors lead classes designed to teach students of all levels self-defense techniques for the street or ring

Up to 54% Off Classes at Pilates Space

Centretown - Downtown

C$149 C$69

Students use floor space and equipment to strengthen muscles, improve posture and balance, and alleviate stress

Up to 86% Off at Saroughi Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

C$99.99 C$15

A 7th-Dan black belt teaches martial-arts and self-defense classes to students of all ages and experience levels

Up to 80% Off Capoeira Martial-Arts Classes

Lower Town

C$120 C$29

An experienced instructor teaches beginners the basics of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that blends combat, dance, and acrobatics

55% Off Services

Ottawa

C$75 C$34

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 57% Off at Ottawa Dance Academy

Whitehaven - Queensway Terrace North

C$115 C$50

Learn to express yourself through rumba, cha-cha, and other social dances, honing your skills with other dancers or in a private session

Up to 58% Off Laser-Tag Equipment Rental

Carp

C$270 C$129

All equipment needed for offsite laser-tag parties for parties of 6 to 18

55% Off Kizomba Dance Classes

The Arts Court

C$65 C$29

Dance instructors teach students kizomba's blend of semba, zouk, and merengue in one-hour sessions

Up to 84% Off Fitness Classes or Personal Training

Kanata

C$99 C$19

Get in shape with intense circuit-training classes, heart-pumping kickboxing classes, or motivational personal-training sessions

51% Off Hot-Stone Massage or Reflexology Treatment

Westboro

C$95 C$47

A registered massage therapist uses smooth stones to knead away stress or targets tension, fatigue, and other problems with reflexology

Up to 67% Off Classes at Ottawa Fight Fitness

Centretown - Downtown

C$76 C$29.99

Rookies and pros alike train via traditional methods during muay thai classes; TRX and kettlebell conditioning helps develop strength

45% Off

Ottawa

C$130 C$72

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

44% Off

Glebe - Dows Lake

$50 $28

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 74% Off at Decarie Tone and Fit

The Greta Leeming Studio of Dance

C$150 C$39

Four- or eight-week boot-camp programs help exercisers overcome fitness plateaus with three types of group classes

Up to 56% Off Swordplay Workshops

Billings Bridge - Alta Vista

C$100 C$49

Research-based classes teach from manuscripts that date back to 1325; students practice with longswords and other weapons

71% Off Lessons at Eric's Academy of Music 

Orleans Village - Chateauneuf

C$100 C$29

Enthusiastic teachers cater to students' musical interests during 30-minute lessons for nearly any instrument

Up to 92% Off Martial Arts Training

Glen Cairn - Kanata South Business Park

C$129.99 C$9.99

The twice-weekly martial arts classes span styles such as Taekwon-Do, Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian jiujitsu, and MMA

55% Off

Kanata Lakes - Marchwood Lakeside - Morgan's Grant - Kanata

C$120 C$54

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 74% Off Sports-Car Driving from G1Tour

Multiple Locations

C$599 C$169

Slide behind the wheel of a sports car such as a Ferrari or Lamborghini and burn rubber around tracks located across Quebec and Ontario

50% Off

Sheahan Estates - Trend Village - Arlington Woods

$130 $65

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 81% Off Martial-Arts Classes

New Barrhaven - New Development - Stonebridge

C$132 C$29

Gain self-defense skills during one or two months of unlimited karate, modern arnis, nunchaku, or bo classes for students aged 4 and older

Up to 70% Off Cooking Show

Greenbelt

C$40 C$12

Cooking show teach couples how to prepare healthy and delicious meals that include dishes such as skinless fried chicken

Up to 63% Off Indoor Rock Climbing

Hawthorne Meadows - Sheffield Glen

C$135 C$59

Indoor rock-climbing gym with 15,000 sq. ft. of climbing-wall space, four bouldering areas, and top ropes

63% Off Introductory Rock-Climbing Course

District de Lucerne

C$160 C$59

Experienced guides and mountaineers teach kids and adults to crimp and climb their way atop intricate rock formations

Up to 55% Off Insanity Group Fitness Classes

West Centre Town - Little Italy - Civic Hospital East

$110 $49

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High-intensity interval training designed to amp up heart rates and burn calories

Up to 80% Off at Ottawa Bootcamp

Island Park

C$130 C$29

Instructors with more than 20 combined years of fitness experience lead participants in boot-camp workouts scaled to each person's abilities

Up to 67% Off Group Fitness Classes

Kanata Lakes - Marchwood Lakeside - Morgan's Grant - Kanata

C$150 C$59

During 30-minute classes, exercisers cycle through high-energy circuit-training workouts that efficiently target the whole body

Up to 70% Off Cardio Kickboxing

Multiple Locations

C$289 C$89

Using martial arts as a jumping-off point, cardio kickboxing classes challenge students of all levels with an intense workout

Little Ray's Reptile Zoo – Up to 45% Off Admission

Ottawa

C$28.25 C$16

Scorpions, alligators, and other exotic species fill a reptile zoo that features interactive attractions

C$7 for Travel and Vacation Show for Two

Ottawa Convention Centre

C$20 C$7

More than 50 countries expound on their cultures and tourism with more than 190 exhibits, vendors, resorts, cooking demos, and sculptures

Up to 57% Off at Dunnderosa Golf Club

Chelsea

C$30.50 C$15

Mini golf amid fountains and waterfalls, or explore a hilly par 3 course overlooking Gatineau Park

50% Off Family-Fun-Center Visit

District du Lac-Beuchamp

C$15 C$8

Families enjoy a full day of activities with glow-in-the-dark mini golf and fast-paced laser-tag games

Up to 45% Off from RiverRun Rafting & Wilderness Resort

Foresters Falls

C$116 C$65

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A rafting trip on the Ottawa River includes lunch, all gear except wetsuits, use of all resort facilities, and video review of the trip

Up to 51% Off Guided Fishing Trip

Renfrew

C$320 C$159

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Expert guides lead anglers on the Ottawa River in search of walleye, muskies, and northern pike

Up to 55% Off at Les Vieux-Moulins Golf Course

District de Deschenes

C$84 C$40

Ponds lined with stately stone faces come into play on 7 holes at scenic par 72 course that overlooks scenic expanse of Ottawa River

Up to 55% Off Golf Outing for Two or Four

District de Deschenes

C$84 C$42

Putting duos or quads traverse undulated fairways & greens of 18-hole course packed with sand traps, creeks & drainage ditches

82% Off Boot-Camp and Kettlebell Classes

Gatineau

C$158 C$29

Instructors push students through high-intensity boot-camp classes that torch calories and kettlebell classes that build upper-body strength

Up to 66% Off Private Music Lessons

Orleans

C$100 C$49

Students pick up the basics of everything from guitar, keyboard, fiddle, and voice to banjo, bass, and drums

Up to 56% Off Golden Energy Senior Fitness Classes

District d'Aylmer

C$40 C$19

Specially designed classes get seniors' hearts pumping and improve balance and flexibility

Up to 90% Off Strength-Training Classes

Orleans

C$125 C$16

Coaches with international competitive experience guide groups through ever-varied drills on kettlebells, sandbags, barbells, and rowers

C$10 for Easter-Egg Hunt at McMaze

Saint Andrews

C$20 C$10

Kids hunt for colourful eggs hidden around the farm before enjoying hours of family activities, including a visit from the Easter Bunny

Up to 49% Off Hotel California Tribute Concert

Brockville Arts Centre

C$33.35 C$17

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Tribute band has fleshed out Eagles favorites with mandolin, pedal steel, banjo, and harmonica since 1983

Up to 78% Off at Elgin Bowling Lanes

Elgin

C$175 C$39

Up to six bowlers challenge friends during two-hour bowling session paired with pizza or during five hours worth of bowling

Up to 76% Off Boot Camp Classes

Multiple Locations

C$71.50 C$25

Burn fat and build functional strength in scalable, non-intimidating boot camp classes

Up to 56% Off Rentals from 1000 Islands Kayaking 

Gananoque

C$124.30 C$59

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In single or double kayaks, paddle along the breathtaking beaches of the 1000 Islands on the way to swimming, picnics, or simple relaxation

Up to 81% Off Kickboxing, Karate, or Kung Fu Classes

Gardiners

C$75 C$19

In a 3,000-square-foot dojo, students of all ages suit up to train under seasoned instructors of Shaolin kung fu, karate, and kickboxing

Up to 67% Off Yoga Classes or Therapy

Kingston

C$110 C$39

Classes include flow classes, hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga; one-on-one yoga-therapy package creates custom yoga practice for client

Up to 59% Off Personal-Training Sessions

K7M 3E5

C$240 C$99

Skilled trainer with experience in cardio conditioning and bodybuilding leads pupil to weight-loss and muscle-building goals

Up to 86% Off Women's Kick-Boxing Classes

Greenwood

C$139.99 C$19.99

Women get blood pumping with high-kicking self-defense exercises

Up to 56% Off at Momentum Pilates

Gardiners

C$85 C$37

Experienced instructors lead students of all fitness levels through core-sculpting Pilates classes on machines or mats

Select Local Merchants

A community presence in Ottawa for more than 140 years, YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region remains true to its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages across all seven of its facilities. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and full gymnasiums outfitted with equipment for basketball, soccer, and rope skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness centres with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga, boxing, and salsa-dance classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, birthday parties, and outdoor education.

These YMCA-YWCA outposts are dedicated to helping all members of the community. They provide those in need with emergency and youth housing, employment services, and domestic-violence support programs. They further strengthen and unite the Ottawa community through the YActive Assist program, which adjusts membership rates to help families that can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.

200 Lockhart Ave
Ottawa,
ON
CA

The Athletic Club strives to help burn-feelers of all abilities attain their fitness goals with a plenitude of fitness classes and equipment, keeping their doors open until midnight through most of the week. Patrons enjoy access to an array of luxurious amenities, including a spacious multisport gymnasium and a child-care centre. A club tour familiarizes newcomers with the facility's sprawling layout. Hearts get ticking on the club’s 160 pieces of well-maintained cardio equipment—outfitted with individual televisions—and over 200 weekly group fitness classes helmed by expert instructors that encourage participants to box, cycle, and Pilates their bodies into sweat-gilded temples.

A unique AntiGravity yoga class employs a silk hammock to help sun saluters as they strike inverted poses and make shadow puppets with their toes. Pellucid saltwater pools accommodate leisurely lap swimming and experiments testing the buoyancy of various cheeses, and a separate women’s-only aquatic area offers an array of aqua-fit classes that sculpt muscles with subaqueous exercises such as pool-noodle wrestling. After a workout, gym-goers can revel in the soothing vapours of the steam and dry saunas in the changing rooms or mill about the WiFi-enabled Members Only lounge. The Athletic Club contributes to global and local nonprofits, expanding the reach of its health initiative from gym members to those in need.

195 Trainyards Dr
Ottawa,
ON
CA

Andrea Harper wears many hats, but they are all connected by a common thread—or pole, as the case may be. She is a certified personal trainer, nutrition and wellness specialist, and pole-fitness instructor, whose fascination with physical health centers around empowering spins. As the owner of Cherry Blossom Pole Dancing Studio, Andrea passes on the moves that made her one of Canada's top 16 pole dancers at Miss Pole Dance Canada 2010, leading women of all backgrounds through lessons designed to strengthen their bodies, self-esteem, and sense of rhythm. During pole-dancing classes, she and her team of instructors take pupils from the fundamentals to advanced techniques, such as convincing your brain that the floor is actually the ceiling. She limits class sizes to 10 students within the hot-pink-and-green studio, ensuring that everyone is able to pair up with a pole. The pole isn't the only gravity-flouting tool at Andrea's disposal, though; she also schedules courses that rely on aerial silks and hoops.

To put a personal touch on twirls, she offers parties replete with dance routines and fun props for all occasions. These soirees readily accommodate groups with 1,500 square feet of space and were suggested by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the top three creative bachelorette-party ideas.

1460 Cyrville Rd
Gloucester,
ON
CA

While growing up in their hometown of Ottawa, Michael Falucci and Gabriel Wolinsky always dreamed of becoming professional dancers. For years, they trained in dance studios throughout North America before moving Toronto to pursue performance careers. Their hard work and determination paid off, landing them roles in professional theatre productions such as Guys and Dolls and South Pacific along with film and television parts in Disney's Eloise and Degrassi Goes Hollywood. After their Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tour, where they racked up frequent flyer miles by leaping across stages in 60 North American cities, Michael and Gabe returned to Ottawa to open their own dance studio—Capital City Dance.

At the studio, the duo draws from their years of experience in dancing and coaching, captaining a crew of fellow professional dancers as they lead classes in a range of styles. Throughout the week, Capital City Dance resounds with the sounds of ballet music, tap shoes, and disconcertingly loud jazz hands as the staff leads classes and workshops for young and old. The studio hosts recreational classes as well as a competitive program, where students are regularly entered in regional and national dance competitions.

1309 Carling Ave
Ottawa,
ON
CA

He's out there somewhere—the notorious Pirate Pete. Over every sailor's adventure, the shadow of his greed looms. But the crew of Pirate Adventures is ready. On their 50-foot ship, 12 water cannons point toward the sea, guarding the vessel from his villainy while they search Davy Jones's locker for sunken treasure. If Pete should show his face, he'll get a face full of water. If he should happen to board anyway, it'll be the plank for him.

During Pirate Adventures' 75-minute treasure hunts, children and their parents sail into this exciting world of high-seas adventure. Crew members welcome aboard new mateys with face-paint, pirate garb, and a sea-worthy moniker, such as "Black Beard' or "Esmerelda, Princess of the Dolphins." Beneath the Jolly Roger flapping in the breeze, the crews decipher maps, solve puzzles, and sing sea shanties, eventually fishing their sought-after treasure chest from the water's depths. Throughout the hunt, the Pirate Adventures crew keeps their unpatched eyes on safety. Everything is kept up to Transport Canada's code: they have all trained in marine emergency procedures, marine first aid, and safe vessel operation.

588 Hog's Back Rd
Ottawa,
ON
CA

Dozens of veteran gymnasts serve as instructors in Starr Gymnastics’ three Ottawa-area facilities, where they favour instruction that emphasizes the most beneficial aspects of gymnastics: enjoyment, physical fitness, and socialization. Since only a small percentage of gymnastics athletes ever cartwheel their way to the competitive level, Starr Gymnastics' instructors teach proper balance-beam technique and safe tumbling skills without skimping on the fun, reminding their gleeful charges of gymnastics' inherent power to imbue agility and a foundational skill set easily applicable to turbo-kicking bad guys in dark alleys.

Starr's high-spirited staff occasionally spices up the play by inviting pint-sized gymnasts to don costumes or by darkening the arena while pupils leap, flip, and bear glowing cuspids amid a sea of black lights. The gym's festive approach to youth fitness occupies vacationing students during school breaks with summer camps, and birthday celebrants frequently gather in colourful private rooms for party packages that include equipment access and a T-shirt for the guest of honour.

1140 Morrison Dr
Ottawa,
ON
CA

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