Events at Dovercourt

Read about the many events that take place at Dovercourt Recreation Centre. 

Saturday Nov. 4, 9-10am - Fitness Fundraiser for Annie's Swim

Join us for a fun-filled interval class to raise money to support "Annie's Swim", a free swim for the disabled at Dovercourt (the only such swim in Ottawa). This swim is named after "Dover-kid" Anne Vivian, who took comfort in the warm waters of our pool during her courageous battle with brain cancer.

By Donation at Dovercourt Customer Service or online at

Upstairs in the Ottawa Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic room/ Assembly Hall. There will be refreshments after the class. Thank you to our generous sponsors: Maverick's Donuts, Dovercourt Recreation Centre, Bridgehead Coffee and Lapointe.

Sunday Nov. 5, 2-4pm: Vernissage for Julea Boswell, Linda Street Gallery at Dovercourt -  

All are welcome to attend the show opening and meet the artist on Sunday, November 5, 2:00-4:00 pm.

As part of Dovercourt's leadership team in its early days, Julea worked on creative strategies that engaged staff, community and supporters in moving the organization forward. She is happily returning now to showcase a completely different side of her creativity! 

Please join us for an exhibit of colourful art by Julea Boswell who uses textiles, threads, acrylics and inks to create in a style that is improvisational, graphic, textured and fun. 

Her work as been shown most recently at Quilt Canada in Toronto (2017), HighJinx social enterprise in Ottawa (2016), and Stories in Stitches II & III in Charlottetown, PEI (2015, 2017). She is a member of the Ottawa Arts Council, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild. 

This show will help support the Dovercourt Expansion Project. 

Principals’ Breakfast at Dovercourt

TBD, November 2017, 7:30-9am

Every year, we invite educators and community leaders and members to a breakfast, featuring a panel presentation and discussion. This year’s theme is “How to be a welcoming community”. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for the final date and panel members. For more information, contact John Rapp,


Saturday October 14, 12-2pm - Halloween Costume Swap

  • Upstairs lobby - Bring your gently used costumes and either swap for another, or receive a $20 program credit. Upstairs lobby. Drop off your costumes at the downstairs desk anytime between Oct 1-14. 


Tuesday October 31, 6:30-8:30pm - Haunted Community Centre

  • A free community event with a scary house for the brave of heart and a friendly house for the younger set. 

Our Annual Dog Swim - with bonus Dog Yoga class!

Sun. August 27, 2017

We had a great turnout for both the dog yoga class and our annual dog swim! It was great to meet dogs and owners alike. Thank you to our staff for organizing the event, and to Wendy who (patiently) instructed the yoga class (Wendy teaches all kinds of great classes for humans; check out TRX, aerial, aquafit, family yoga & more). 

See a gallery of photos from the yoga class and dog swim here >>

dog yoga & dog swim gallery

  • Sun. Aug. 27, 6:30-7:30pm: Our 21st Annual Dog Swim - Bring your pooch for a dip in our indoor pool. Dogs must be on a leash. Owners, prepare to get wet! Dovercourt indoor pool. Our pool is drained following this event, and is closed for 3 weeks for annual maintenance, reopening Sat. Sep. 16. 
  • New! Dog Yoga class at 5:30pm in the Carling Motors room! Donations welcome. A fundraiser for Marshall's Dog Rescue. 

More upcoming events: 


  • the Big Band Swing Dances with Grey Jazz - 6:30-8:30pm, the last Sunday of every month, in the OPTSC room, upstairs
    • The last Sunday of each month is your chance to dance to the big band sounds of Grey Jazz. These old pros still have the chops, and Dovercourt has a great dance floor for you. Come out to dance, or just to enjoy the music. Admission is free, but donations to the Parkinson’s Society are greatly appreciated.
  • Monthly hoop jams - Fridays 6:30-8pm
    • Come out and hoop with us! A great opportunity to practice your (hula) hoop skills. Music & hoops provided for use. All are welcome. Assembly Hall/ OPTSC room, upstairs. Free. See the Dovercourt calendar for dates.