Resources: Rinks & more

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. In the winter, a rink and puddle are available for skating. Free parking is available in our parking lot.

Our Outdoor Rinks – Covid safety guidelines

Westboro Kiwanis Park (411 Dovercourt) and McKellar Park (539 Wavell Ave)

Dec 2021: Update from the City of Ottawa

  • there is a limit of 25 people on the puddle and 25 people inside the boards at our two rinks
  • Spectators and individuals surrounding the rink are required to wear a mask. 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
  • no changing areas are available
  • maintain social distance while skating
  • Please be considerate and limit your stay if others are waiting.
Mckellar park rink at night under the lights
Skating under the lights at McKellar Park

Winter fun on ice

In the winter, come out and enjoy our amazing outdoor rinks at Dovercourt (Westboro) at McKellar Park (539 Wavell Ave). You can join in a game of pickup or glide around in the crisp winter air.

Please note: At the Westboro rink, the puddle is for free skating. Please keep the sticks and pucks inside the boards.

Please note: Due to COVID safety guidelines and resources, there is no bathroom access for skaters or park-goers. Only participants in a registered program will be allowed inside the building. We regret the inconvenience. 

Supervised hours for Westboro & McKellar rinks:

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

** Weather and ice conditions permitting. Rink attendants will not be present during cold weather advisories **

Rink Volunteers

It takes an army of volunteers to maintain a rink. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathleen at [email protected]

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

Wading Pools

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.


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. Please note: during Covid, we have suspended room rentals.

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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