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.
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.
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.
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.