Outdoors, Sports, and Fitness

Ottawa is a very active city year round! No matter whether it is 30C or -30C there are always active things to do inside and outside!

Parks and trails

Gatineau Park (Le Parc De La Gatineau) is beautiful and easily accessible from Ottawa within 15 minutes from Parliament Hill!

  • Winter: snowshoeing, cross country skiing/skate skiing, fat biking, hiking
    • Winter park and trails map
  • Spring/summer/fall: hiking, cycling (closed to road traffic on Sundays for cyclists), camping, open water swimming, canoeing, kayaking. Be sure to bring bug repellent!
    • Summer parks and trails map

Algonquin Provincial Park is only 3 hours away for excellent camping, hiking, canoeing adventures!

Some of the best-known parks and green spaces in Ottawa are:

  • Andrew Haydon Park
  • Confederation Park
  • Major’s Hill Park
  • Vincent Massey Park
  • Lansdowne Park

The City of Ottawa is surrounded by the Greenbelt (protected land) and farmland. Walking and hiking is possible in the greenbelt areas. Link to Ottawa parks and sports fields

Cross Country Skiing

In wintertime, there are lots of Cross Country ski trails in and around Ottawa

Bike paths

Ottawa/Gatineau has an extensive network of paved bike paths. Check them out! Ottawa is filled with year-round cyclists including in the dead of winter! You can enjoy car free cycling most sundays either downtown along designated routes through downtown and Gatineau park through Nokia Sunday Bikedays.

Water and watersports

  • Canal, Rivers:  Check out the Rideau Canal, Rideau River, Ottawa River, and more
  • Beaches: Tons of  Beaches across the city
  • Outdoor Pools: Fancy a non-sandy dip? Check out one of Ottawa’s many  Outdoor pools

Yoga Studios

A list of some of the many studios…we do not endorse one in particular, try out to see if one is a good fit for you! There is also free yoga on Parliament Hill every Wednesday at lunch during the summer.

Vanier/New Edinburgh

Byward Market/Lowertown


Glebe/Old Ottawa


Sports Clubs

General sports

Running Clubs


  • Ottawa Bicycle Club (OBC): Hosts outdoor group rides, workshops, cyclotourism, competitive, open to all ages and abilities. Hosts annual Rideau Lakes Tour (Ottawa-Kingston ride). Membership approx $60/yr
  • Almonte Bicyle Club (ABC): like OBC, located in Almonte, ON and serving west Lanark county. Membership approx $60/yr

Masters swimming

  • Technosport: Masters and triathletes, Canada and Ottawa’s largest Masters swim club. Swims at University of Ottawa +- Lowertown Pool
  • Rideau Speedos: LGBTQ masters swim team, swims at University of Ottawa
  • Carleton University Masters: based at the Carleton University Pool.


  • Ottawa Rowing Club: Located off Sussex Drive, has boathouse space, rowing team, learn to row and more.
  • Ottawa New Edinburgh Club: Located in Rockcliffe Park, has tennis club, rowing club, sailing club, lessons and more.

Rock Climbing