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University of Ottawa Montpetit Fitness Centre

125 University Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Area: Downtown

The only 50-meter lap pool in downtown Ottawa, this University option is a short taxi ride or a long summer's walk from most hotels.

Short course is run most of the time, but even at 25-yards, this pool is the best Ottawa has to offer. Expect top university venue features like large pace clocks, floating lines and bottom stripes, kickboards and pull-buoys. One minor negative: floating lines are put in every two lanes instead of every lane.

Showers and locker rooms are bare-bones, but at least such facilities are an option. If you're willing to walk the 5-minute trip, your $12.58 gets you access to the Minto Sports Complex, another U Ottawa recreation centre.  If you are just using the pool, it's a $5 one time fee.

If you need help, there is a Cient Services Desk in the building.

The pool is indoors, in the lower level of Monpetit Hall. Walk through the main doors and take the staircase down. View our pictures of Monpetit to see what the building looks like. Campus map signs are around in case you get lost. Lane availability varies, and can be viewed here

If you want a workout too, we suggest the Minto Sports Complex, however there is a fitness center here too. It's 3,000 square feet, and has about 2 dozen cardio pieces, 16 selectorized machines, squat racks and dumbbells. Hours are 7:30a-11p

If you are driving, a few metered parking spaces are available, or, just park on the side streets adjacent to campus and walk 4-5 blocks to the rec center. Make sure to bring photo identification to Monpetit. There's also guest parking at the Sports Complex in the garage. Pay for visitor pass.

Work Out Onsite

Hours - gym7:30a-11p
Upright BikeYes
Recumbent BikeYes
Free WeightsYes
In / OutIndoor
Lap-Swim GradeA
Length50 meters
Temperature 80F
ToysKickboards, Pull-buoys, Pace Clock
HoursM-F 730a to 11p; Sat & Sun 930a to 830p
Cost$5 or $12.58 CAD/day
ExtrasAccess to Minto Sports Complex with $12.58 day pass

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