play structure at Dovercourt Recreation Centre

Our Park

Dovercourt is located adjacent to the City of Ottawa’s Westboro Kiwanis Park, which features a wading pool, playing field, tennis court and playgrounds for preschool and school-aged children. Free parking is available in our parking lot.

Our Outdoor Rinks

Jan 14/21: Update from the City of Ottawa

  • there is a limit of 12 people on the puddle (updated Jan 14 with the stay-at-home order) and 25 people inside the boards at our two rinks
  •  no sticks, pucks, balls or other sports equipment permitted on the ice.

  • Spectators and individuals surrounding the rink are still required to wear a mask and it is highly recommended that skaters wear masks.
  • By-law and Regulatory Services will be increasing their patrols at the outdoor rinks and will be responsible for enforcement of the regulations

Jan 6/ 21: the City of Ottawa is about to announce limits to the number of people who can use the rinks at one time.

Rink update: During the current lockdown (Jan 2021), the City has issued new guidelines for rinks: 

  • please wear masks
  • no games or scrimmages
  • no changing areas available
  • maintain social distance while skating

The full info provided to us by the Seasonal Recreation Team at the City of Ottawa: 

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, masks are now mandatory around all public outdoor rinks in Ottawa. Skaters who are not from the same household must keep two metres apart on and off the ice. Masks are not mandatory while skating but are highly recommended.

This new mask requirement applies to the four refrigerated rinks currently open, including Rink of Dreams at City Hall, Lansdowne Park skating court, Ben Franklin Place and Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink and will apply to all natural ice community rinks operated under City authority when they open.

Signs will be posted at City outdoor rinks that state masks are required within 15 metres of the ice and on the ice while not actively skating.

Winter fun on ice

In the winter, come out and enjoy an amazing outdoor rink at Dovercourt (Westboro) or McKellar Park. You can join in a game of pickup or glide around in the crisp winter air. Our annual Winter Carnival features skating on the rink and puddle.

Please note: Due to COVID safety guidelines and resources, only participants in a registered program will be allowed inside the building (ie no bathroom access for skaters). We regret the inconvenience. 

Approximate hours when the rink is open and a rink supervisor is on duty:

Westboro & McKellar rinks:

  • Monday to Friday: 5-7pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Westboro & McKellar 10am – 3pm

**Weather and ice conditions permitting**

It takes an army of volunteers to maintain a rink. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathleen at kfinn@dovercourt.org

Rink Conditions

Check on the status of all Ottawa rinks at www.ottawarinks.ca:

• Go directly to Westboro rink (at Dovercourt)

• Go directly to McKellar rink

Winter Carnival

We host a free annual winter carnival that usually takes place on the 3rd Saturday of January, featuring sleigh rides, face painting, skating, hockey, a bonfire, sliding games, ice bowling, ‘dovertails’ from the Cafe and more.

Wading Pool

In the summer months, we operate the wading pools at Westboro Kiwanis (at Dovercourt) Park as well as at McKellar Park. Special events are also a part of the summer menu, culminating in our annual Dog Swim every August. See our Programs Flyers & Schedules page for the Summer Rec Swim schedule for details.

Lifeguard & Swim Instructor ‘rental’

Did you know that you can hire one of our qualified aquatics staff to supervise your water event or teach your children in your own backyard pool? See more information on “Our Pool” page >>


When our rooms are not in use by our programs or parties, we make them available to the public or not for profit groups for meetings.

Financial Assistance

As a registered charity, Dovercourt is committed to ensuring that its programs and services are available to all in our community. While we strive to make our programs affordable, sometimes families and individuals may need financial assistance to help cover program costs. Please complete the application at the customer service desk if you need financial assistance.

Accessibility and Inclusion

All abilities are welcome! Dovercourt is committed to the inclusion of people with special needs in all of our programs and services. Please make us aware of any issues of medication, mobility, or other resources that you or your child may need to participate at the time of registration.

NeoLore Networks Free Wifi & Internet Cafe

The Internet café offers four free computer stations with access to the internet and is located in the centre lobby on the upper level. For those of you with laptops and other devices that have wireless Internet capability, Neolore Networks has sponsored a hot spot for you at Dovercourt. Connect from almost anywhere in the centre! Internet Cafe rules are posted at the computers.

Our Facility Team

Our maintenance team works together with the City of Ottawa staff (our landlord!) to provide a clean, safe and friendly space for you and your family to learn, relax and play. With over 400,000 visits a year, this can be really challenging, but we are dedicated to making Dovercourt your home away from home.

Allergy Alert

Dovercourt is an allergy aware facility, so please identify any items that may cause an anaphylactic reaction for you or your child. While we will ask that these items not be brought to individual camps and programs, due to the number of people visiting our centre on a daily basis, we cannot ban substances that may cause allergic reactions from the centre as a whole. Staff is trained in the administration of epi-pens in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Reception Centre

Dovercourt Recreation Centre has been designated an emergency reception centre by the City of Ottawa. In the event of a major disaster requiring evacuation, Dovercourt and its staff and volunteers will provide registration, shelter, food and care for our community and others. Should this occur, all regular programs and services will be suspended.

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