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Spring and Summer Registration Starts Soon!

Swimming and Aqua Fitness Programs

  • Online and Touch Tone Telephone Registration (613-580-2588) – starting Monday, March 6 at 9 pm.
  • In-Person Registration on Tuesday, March 7 during regular business hours.

All other Recreation Programs and Summer Camps

  • Online and Touch Tone Telephone Registration (613-580-2588) – starting Wednesday, March 8 at 9 pm.
  • In-Person Registration on Thursday, March 9 during regular business hours.

What you need to know for registration.

March Break adventures

March 13 to 17 is a great time to try something new, improve your sports skills and make new friends at the many day camps across the city. Days filled with physical activity, games, songs, crafts and special events, guarantee there will be no boredom in Ottawa.

You can also spend some quality time with your children. Find up to date schedules and information for Public Skating and Public Swimming, and get active with your kids!

Find FUN in 2017

Fun can be found online in the City of Ottawa’s Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs. 

Preschoolers can sing, climb, catch, and throw!

Children can learn new skills, make new friends and develop a talent. Art, badminton, cartooning, dance, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, improv, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, LEGO®, pottery, skating, tap, volleyball, writing, yoga and Zumba®!

Adults should play too! Learning a new skill and experiencing different activities stretches your brain and increases your confidence. Learn Spanish for your vacation, take ballroom dance with your partner or teach your dog some new tricks.

Summer Camps make memories! Experience themed fun in neighbourhood camps, explore new media in arts camps and develop new skills in sports programs. Register now to avoid disappointment.

With gyms, aerobic studios, weight rooms, pools, and arenas, we cover your Fitness needs from beginner to advanced!

Find a full range of leadership programs for youth 13 and up. There are three age-based levels to help you become skilled and ready for employment and even meet the 40 hours for high school community service requirements.

The City of Ottawa senior centres – Heron, Churchill, Kanata and Nepean – offer a wide range of programs
intended specifically for older adults. These activities also provide you with the opportunity to spend time with lifelong friends or to make new ones.

Art is in the air 

Receive a hands-on introduction to the encaustic process at Faux Encaustic Sampler. This one day workshop will teach you how to create luminous art using acrylic mediums!

Showings at our Community Galleries

Trinity Art Gallery:
March 16 to April 17 – Ginny Fobert: Spill of Light

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The Glens Community Association has signed with the City of Ottawa for the Corporate/Group Fitness Membership Program. This entitles Glens Community Association members and their families to the following discount options: (To qualify as an immediate family member, there must be a minimum of 1 adult up to a maximum of 2, and children that are 25 years of age and under, all living in the same household). following amenities are included in the All-Inclusive Membership* and for the One Option Membership, you may choose from one of the following:

  • Group Fitness
  • Squash and Racquetball
  • Indoor Cycling and Spinning®
  • Swimming
  • Aquafitness

* Public skating and wave swims are included in the All-Inclusive Membership only. 

Please note that all membership fees are based on CLASS A, 1 year, membership rates and provide access to all 23 fitness facilities. Membership fees may be paid in full or in monthly installmentsThe fees shown below are provided in the monthly installment format and include the discount and HST.

CLASS A facilities typically have more amenities than CLASS B facilities.

The Nepean Sportsplex is the fitness facility nearest to the Glens. It is a Class A facility with many amenities including a swimming pool, skating and curling rinks, gymnasium, etc.

How can a member obtain a discounted membership?

Simply register in person at any of the 23 fitness facilities. Be sure to bring a piece of government issued photo ID (driver’s license or passport), and a current Glens Community Association Membership card. Contact Marilyn Booth or 613 730-3879 to obtain your 2016-2017 Glens Membership card.

Memberships run from September 1 to August 31 of each year. Join anytime and only pay for the months remaining in the term. Membership fees may be paid in full or in monthly installments. (Fee information below).

For more information check::

City of Ottawa Corporate or Group Fitness Membership Program Fee Information

The City of Ottawa offers a 20% savings off our CLASS A, All-Inclusive or One Option memberships for employees or members of participating Corporations and Groups.

About the Program

Memberships run from September 1 to August 31 of each year.

Join anytime and only pay for the months remaining in the term!

Membership fees may be paid in full or in monthly installmentsThe following fees are provided in the monthly installment format and include the discount and HST.

All Inclusive Memberships

 Weight and Cardio Room
 Aquafitness, Swimming (including Wave Swims)
 Group Fitness
 Squash and Racquetball
 Indoor Cycling and Spinning®
 Public Skating

Monthly Fees:
 Adult – $ 36.13
 Senior, Student, Youth – $ 29.40
 Children and Parent(s) – $ 65.10

One Option Memberships:

Choose one of the following:
 Weight and Cardio Room
 Aquafitness
 Group Fitness
 Squash and Racquetball
 Indoor Cycling and Spinning®

Monthly Fees:
 Adult – $27.85
 Senior, Student, Youth – $ 22.38
 Children and Parent(s) – $ 50.08

One Option Swimming Memberships:
This membership includes access to all swimming excluding wave swims.

Monthly Fee
 Adult – $21.67
 Senior, Student, Youth – $ 9.96
 Children and Parent(s) – $ 40.04

Memberships available at all of our 23 CLASS A and CLASS B facilities. Visit our drop-in activities page for a listing of Aquafitness, Group Fitness and Indoor Cycling classes as well as our Public Skating and Swimming hours.

Discounts do not apply to programs or services outside of the above noted memberships and amenities. For example, swimming lessons, registered programs and children’s camps are not included.

  • dogshowKars International Dog Show

Date: July 15th – 17th

Location: Kars Fair Grounds (1604 Old Wellington Street)

For more information visit,


  • Navan Fair

Date: August 11th – 14th

Location: 1279 Colonial Road, Navan

For more information visit,


  • garlic17th Annual Garlic Festival

Date: August 13th – 14th

Location: Carp Fairgrounds (3790 Carp Road)

For more information visit,


  • Capital Fair

Date: August 19th – 28th

Location: 4837 Albion Road, Ottawa

For more information visit,


  • Taste of Manotick

Date: Saturday, August 20th

Time: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Village of Manotick

For more information visit,


  • plowing22016 Canadian Plowing Championships 

Date: August 24th – 27th

Location: Anderson Links Golf Club (4175 Anderson Road)

The CPC-16 four-day challenge will include VIP and media ploughing, social events and a tour of Ottawa, wrapping things up with an awards banquet on Saturday evening.

Full details on the competitions, special events, the Saturday outdoor market and display area, sponsorship opportunities and hotels are available at For the Ottawa Carleton Plowing Match please visit





Drought Update Drought Deepening Again June 16, 2016 –

Moderate Drought severity has been reached in the southern parts of the watershed. However, the drought severity overall in the watershed is still Minor but is expected to reach Moderate status late next week. Residents on wells will need to use water conservatively. Municipalities may invoke water use bylaws and residents should find out what bylaws are in effect in their municipalities regarding water use as well as outdoor fires. In order that we can track impacts of the drought conditions in the watershed, we request that any individuals or businesses in the Rideau Watershed who may be experiencing difficulties with their wells please contact the Conservation Authority by calling 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504, ext. 1128 or 1132.

For Ontario’s Low Water Response program visit:



A city-wide burn ban is currently in effect.





Be There if You are Concerned

Monday, June 13th, 2016, 7 P.M.

The MET,  (Metropolitan Bible Church)

2176 Prince of Wales Drive



The City of Ottawa can’t meet the full costs of the stormwater system. The system exists to handle runoff from rain and melting snow. It is currently paid for by a levy on water bills for homes on municipal services. The City wants those of us on private services to pay, too.


We are like 45,000 homes and businesses in broader Ottawa who do not contribute to the cost of stormwater infrastructure. The City is consulting residents NOT about whether we should pay for the infrastructure but on HOW we should be charged for it.


Flat fee option – The cost of stormwater services are divided equally among all property owners in Ottawa. Everyone is charged the same fee that the City will bill you for. May be most equitable solution, but collecting it will be expensive and inefficient unless included on tax bills.

Variable fee based on property assessment – Property assessments have nothing to do with how much runoff we have. Properties surrounded by concrete and asphalt produce lots of runoff. Homes in the Glens soak up the runoff. As well, stormwater infrastructure is poor in the Glens compared to most residential neighborhoods. This option is simply not fair.

Variable fee based on how much runoff you have – Fee based on property’s average impervious surface area (i.e., how much rainfall you soak up and how much runs into the stormwater system). Rate will vary depending on whether you live in a single detached home, a townhouse (includes duplex, triplex and semi-detached), or an apartment. A very simplistic and inequitable option. For ex., detached homes in built-up neighborhoods depend greatly on the stormwater system, but those in the Glens not at all.


Attend Open House on April 7, 2016, 7:00 p. at Nepean Sportsplex
Write: City Councillor Keith Egli at:, or call his office: 613-580-2479
Write to: David Chernushenko (Chair, Environment Committee) at: 

LOOK AT OUR PRESENTATION AT:  GCA – Presentation to Keith Egli

Sparkle & Shine (1)December, 2015
2nd Annual  “Sparkle & Shine Contest”
Pine Glen & Pine Glen Annex – Ottawa, CANADA!!!
It didn’t really seem like “Christmas” this year in Pine Glen and Pine Glen Annex with NO SNOW, did it?   Even the squirrels were confused!   It was so mild that I actually played tennis on Christmas Day and picked dandelions in the park on Boxing Day!   VERY unusual for our fair city at this time of year!   But is was GREAT to see everyone still in the “Holiday Spirit” and decorating their lovely homes with a profusion of lights and props this season, once again!  And guess WHAT, we FINALLY have SNOW……and LOTS OF IT!!!
And, so, once again, for the 2nd year in a row we are holding the “Sparkle & Shine Contest” to see WHO got the most creative this year!  It’s NOT too late to enter……in fact, if you want to buy lights and décor on sale AFTER Christmas and throw them up to celebrate New Year’s Eve, then by all means, feel free!
The “rules” are…..there are no “rules”!!!    Just use your imagination and creativity.   You don’t have to spend a lot of money either….you can even re-use old lites and decor that you might still have in boxes in your basement!   And you don’t have to go “overboard” either, like the famous “Griswold’s House” in the hilarious film,  “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, but you can if you want to!
The contest starts NOW and ends on Sunday, January 10th, 2016.  On that night, a top secret panel of “Celebrity Judges” will walk through our neighborhood(s) and judge your displays!    You will be critiqued on: creativity, originality, colour choices and the enhancement of your lites and decor in relation to the style and size of your house and property.   The judging will be very subjective and fair – scores will be based out of 100 points.    I will be the “head judge/referee” and, for obvious reasons, my family home (#10 Tennyson Street) will not be eligible.   (I do, however, accept bribes!  lol   Just kidding!)   The “celeb” judges will be a few of my close friends and some of Ottawa’s most famous people.   Who knows….the panel might even include Mayor Jim Watson, skater Liz Manley, singer Roch Voisin or even my protégé, Alanis Morissette!??   You never know!   So, don’t be surprised if you see some very famous people wandering through our street this month, taking a “sneak peak” at your houses!   And remember……just do what you feel most comfortable with.   “Anything” will do!   However, extra points WILL be given to those of you that have gone to the trouble to install outdoor skating rinks on your property!
The entry fee is just $10.00 Cdn per household (cash only).   All proceeds will go to Jer’s Vision which assists in helping prevent bullying in teenagers.  Unfortunately, this has become a real problem in our society at the moment. 
If you want a contest form, please just email me at or call me at (613) 226-5113 and I will have one sent to your house!  Then just fill it out and drop it off at my house (#10 Tennyson Street – right across from the n’ice park & tennis courts) along with your $10.00 cash entry fee, by no later than Sunday, January 10th.  2016 at 6 pm.  (Your personal information shall remain strictly confidential and will not be shared with any other group or organization).
Oh…..and the PRIZE?!    Well, I think that it’s pretty FABULOUS!    The winner, announced on Monday, January 11th, 2016 will win two (2) complimentary VIP tickets to attend the ultra-glamorousNEW “SNOW BALL” being held in Ottawa/Gatineau on Saturday, February 13th, 2016….the closing weekend  of WINTERLUDE!   This glittering gala, with an exotic “Figure Skating Theme” will be the likes of which has never been held in Canada’s Capital City before and the lucky winner(s) will get to meet and rub shoulders with some of the most famous skaters on the planet!!!
Well, good luck and get to work!   We’re anxious to see what you can do!  CONGRATS to last year’s winner and GOOD LUCK to all who enter this year!
Warmest Winter Wishes,    Robert Stephan Klovan
“Head Judge/Referee”
2nd Annual  “Sparkle & Shine Contest”
 Pine Glen & Pine Glen Annex – Ottawa, CANADA!!!
Phone:  (613) 226-5113     Fax:  (613) 226-8563
Facebook:  Robert Klovan



On October 16th community leaders met with  Mayor Watson and Councillor Egli to  encourage open communication between communities and  the city’s elected officials.




On October 17, community leaders and various sports groups  gathered at the MInto Field.  Mayor Watson and Councillor Egli cut the ribbon to the newly refurbished field. Special cake looking like a  new field was presented.





Ottawa’s abundant green space means that it is home to a wide variety of wildlife.  This includes coyotes.  Coyotes will be more readily spotted during the winter months given the lack of foliage and because they are following their primary food source which is mice.  And, as we know, mice are attracted to shelter around our homes and sheds during the cold months. Coyotes will also be noticed in fields on the Greenbelt or along roads bordering these fields.  They are extremely tolerant of human development and adapt readily to living in close proximity to humans and traffic.
There are a few basic rules you need to know in co-existing with coyotes, particularly at this time of year:  Keep pets safe, that means walking dogs on leashes.  Pick up your small dog if you see a coyote. Never leave dogs or cats unattended when outside.  Don’t feed coyotes, whether intentionally or unintentionally.  Remove or secure any food source, including garbage, pet food.  Remember bird feeders attract birds and small animals, which can also attract a coyote.
Discourage bold coyotes by making noise, waving your hands, clapping and shouting.  If you encounter a coyote while walking in a natural area, don’t run, rather wave your arms and make noise until it retreats.  Be ‘Big, Bad and Loud’.  We can enjoy wildlife while reducing risks by respecting each other’s space.

Living with Coyotes Brochure – Feb_2015


box2   Canada Post announced today that Glens door to door delivery will end next year. The switch will begin for postal codes that begin with K1T, K1V, K1Z, K2C, K2E, K2G and K2H. Expect an information package in the coming days. The package contains the survey and it will help in planning the location. 

The map can be found at: 

My father proudly served our country

STEPHAN ROBERT KLOVAN      More from Stephan Robert Klovan

Published on: November 8, 2014


August (Gus) Klovan with his sister Agnes in downtown Edmonton in 1946. Reaching the rank of Wing Commander, Klovan served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force , 1943-65.  Courtesy of / Stephan Robert Klovan

It really is a privilege to live in our beautiful city Ottawa, which we too often take for granted. This is especially true when November rolls around and we all begin to focus on a very important date, Remembrance Day. We are constantly reminded of the upcoming Nov. 11 ceremonies as we pass by so many in our nation’s capital prominently wearing bright red poppies.

It’s even more significant to those of us who have family members who have proudly served our country by enlisting in the military. My father, August Klovan, willingly protected Canada as a Wing Commander in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. And every fall, as Nov. 11 approaches, we discuss as a family the importance of his role in our nation’s history.

When his younger sister, Agnes, sadly passed away at age 88 in Louisiana a couple of weeks ago, it compelled me to sort through our family photos and archives. Luckily, I came across an amazing vintage candid photo of them walking side by side in downtown Edmonton (circa 1946). Although my aunt was a civilian, she also assisted the war effort in her own way, even working as a “Rosie the Riveter” on an ammunition assembly line.

Fortunately, my dad is still alive and in relatively good health at age 91. As a family of a Canadian war vet, we are paying very close attention to the upcoming Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial with great interest and passion. This year is especially compelling and poignant in light of the recent tragic murders of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Plus, 2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of the First World War — a conflict that changed the course of history.

In my world travels, I have always told everyone I meet that Ottawa is a “beautiful, safe, clean and green city.” Regrettably, now, after last month’s horrific attacks on our homeland military, I will no longer be able to include the word “safe” in my description. However, this has also galvanized my friends and I together so that we will never forget our past in the hopes of preserving our country’s future peace and freedom, that we so often take for granted.

Stephan Robert Klovan, Ottawa

The lights are on:

Pedestrian crossing lights at Merivale & Amberwood were switched on at 9:45 A.M. July 23, 2014.

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