You can play, watch, or coach all different types and all different levels.
Ottawa is home to a couple major sports teams such as Ottawa Senators Hockey and the Ottawa Red Blacks and also some minor sports teams and thousands of recreational teams. There are plenty of places to go golfing, skiing and horseback riding too!
We don’t even know where we should begin – this is one very active city!
How about we start with our Professional Sports Teams?
There are two teams that draw the most amount of attention:
- The Ottawa Senators are our National Hockey League (NHL) team.
- The Ottawa 67s are our Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team.
Both Ottawa hockey teams have huge followings and play at their own venues. The Sens (nickname for the Senators) play at the Corel Centre Ottawa’s West End. The 67s play at the Civic Centre off of Bank Street in Ottawa. The entertainment value at both is excellent.
As of 2014, Ottawa, once again, has a Canadian Football League (CFL) team. They are the Ottawa RedBlacks.
So, those are some of our professional teams but there are a lot of other Ottawa sports teams.
We also have hundreds of other sports teams & leagues in Ottawa that YOU can join or recreational activities you can participate in. Here are just a few:
If you love to bike then you will love it in Ottawa. There are so many amazing trails to choose from. We have a lot more information on our Biking in Ottawa page.
If golf is your game then check out some of the local Ottawa Golf Courses. We have also included our recommendations. There are so many different courses to choose from.
There are plenty of Ottawa Gymnastics clubs and classes to choose from. Why not sign yourself or your children up so you (or they) can tumble, bounce and roll and have some fun?
EVEN MORE HOCKEY
If hockey is your sport of choice then you may be interested in reading more about the Bell Capital Cup. It is a huge hockey tournament that is held in Ottawa every year.
There are many ranches and stables in Ottawa for you to either take a class, book some lessons or just take go for a leisurely ride. Check our our Horseback Riding in Ottawa page for more information and contact information for local stables & ranches.
Another way of staying active is to join one of the many Martial Arts Centres in Ottawa. There are so many to choose from.
If you enjoy running or if you are interested in taking up running then you will be happy to know that there are hundreds of trails to run on and various places that have “Learn to Run” programs. Don’t forget that Ottawa hosts the Race Weekend every year and it is extremely popular. Check out our Running in Ottawa page or information about the upcoming Ottawa Race Weekend.
Are you interested in skiing? You can choose between downhill or cross country. You can even try out snowboarding! If so then check out our list of Ottawa Ski Hills & Resorts.
SPORT & SOCIAL CLUB
Are you interested in playing sports in Ottawa and meeting other people that live here? The Ottawa Sports and Social Club (OSSC) is a great way to do it. We joined for one season and chose to play outdoor soccer (yes, they even have indoor soccer). We had a blast. We met some great people, got exercise and participated in as many as the social events that they organized as well. We highly recommend it to anyone who has recently moved to the city or for those that have lived here for awhile and want to expand their social circle.
SPORTS TEAMS & ASSOCIATIONS
Are you looking for other Sports Teams or Associations? There are quite a few other ones to choose from. There are leagues all around the city playing soccer, lacrosse, rugby, basketball, hockey etc.
Whether you are looking for an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a beach or a splash pad, our Ottawa swimming section gives you all the details on where to find a great place to cool off or to take a few lessons!
If you love winter sports, then you will love tobogganing in Ottawa. It is an exhilirating sport!
SWIMMING AT THE BEACH
On a hot summer’s day, why not check out one of the many Ottawa beaches. What a great way to cool off!
Have you even heard of “ultimate”? If you haven’t yet, you sure will. It is fascinating. The game is high energy, there is a lot of running around and there are no referees. If you are interested in more information then you should contact the Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association. The OCUA runs the largest ultimate league in the world. If you are only here for a visit you may want to try to catch one of their games – it is a lot of fun to watch.
If volleyball is your game then you may want to read about the Ottawa Kangaroos Volleyball. They are one of the only clubs in Ontario that offer programs for male and female players.
Like we already mentioned, this is one very active city. There are lots of choices for those who want to sit back and watch a game or for those who want to get up and participate in Ottawa Sports!