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This month’s calendar of activities & events
at the City of Ottawa’s Kanata Seniors’ Centre

Centre Courses & Events

Courses are programs that are put on by the Centre. There is a registration fee for many of the courses and a Centre membership is required. Memberships are available from the Centre’s Front Desk for $27/year.

Events are activities that may be one-of-a-kind or only available at certain times of the year. As they generally change on a month-to-month basis, check back here as well as the Centre’s newsletter to see what events are planned.


Available at the Seniors’ Centre

City of Ottawa Registration for
Winter Courses

Plan ahead and register early. Many courses fill up very quickly so don’t delay in registering. Contact the Centre front desk for details and registration fees.


Winter Fitness Programs:
Adults 50+

  • Cardio, Older Adult (low impact)

  • Chair-exercise

  • Chair-yoga

  • Dance Fitness

  • Line Dancing

  • Nia Fitness

  • Stretch, Strength & Balance

  • Tai-Chi

  • Yoga

  • Zumba Gold


Winter Evening Programs:
Adults & Seniors

  • Spanish Conversation

  • Various levels of Guitar & Guitar Maintenance Workshops

  • Learning Bridge – Level 3

  • Drop-in Social Duplicate Bridge

  • Spanish Conversation

  • Yoga


Winter Daytime Programs:
Adults & Seniors

  • Cardio Older Adult

  • Chair-exercise

  • Chair-Yoga

  • Line Dancing – Levels 1, 2, & 3

  • Nia Fitness

  • Stretch, Strength & Balance

  • Tai-Chi – Levels 1 & 2

  • Writing for Enjoyment

  • Yoga 50+

  • Zumba Gold

  • 55 Alive Driver Refresher Course (2-day Fall Workshop)


Advanced Learning DVD Series

The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal

Wednesdays, Oct 2 to Nov 20 (8-weeks) 1-2:30pm

Our DVD lecturer is Dr. Anthony Goodman who is a professor of medicine at Montana State University.  This 8-week session is an excellent course dealing with basic cell biology, inflammation, the immune response, hypersensitivity, plus topics like immune reaction, infectious diseases, treatment of infectious diseases, shock, cancer, environmental carcinogens, treatment (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy), and how our body heals.  Our facilitator is Barry Smith who will assist with the question and answer period. 

Contact the Centre front desk for details and registration fees.



Remembrance Ceremony & Luncheon

Thurs Nov 7: 10:45 AM to 1 PM

Our program will include: a full, formal ceremony by the Canadian Legion – Kanata Branch; our special guest speaker; and a hot lunch catered by Leatherworks following the service.

Please wear red in support of our troops.

Tickets – $14 for Members; $17 for Non-members

Please register in advance at the front desk by Nov 1st.


Bigger Than Us Series

Thurs Nov 7: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Topic: What is Drone Technology Good For?

A new technology that has become popular over the past 10 years is drone technology. It was first adopted by the military, later commercial units became available.

Drones can do amazing things and have been developed for multiple purposes. This is what we will be investigating in the next Bigger Than Us event. Upon viewing, our volunteer facilitator Richard Keeler will lead a short discussion about the documentary.

Please register in advance at the front desk.


Special Presentation

“The Life and Times of Lighthouse McNeil”

Wed Nov 27: 1 PM

Our guest speaker, Cam McNeil will present on the life and times of his father through the book “The Life and Times of Lighthouse McNeil”.

Boxer. Pilot. Roughrider. Mountie. One man lived it all. As a young man, Constable McNeil spent his summers on the Mackenzie River and his winters criss-crossing Canada’s North on dogsled patrols. He was one of the first pilots in the RCMP Air Division. In WWII he flew with the RCAF. In peacetime, he led the RCMP Musical Ride across North America to Hollywood and made friends with movie stars. A devoted family man and dedicated community leader, McNeil made a difference in every posting and left a lasting legacy.

Please register in advance at the front desk for this most interesting presentation. Refreshments sponsored by the Kanata Seniors Council Inc.


Drop-in Social Duplicate Bridge

Thursday evenings Oct 17 to Dec 12 at 6:15pm – 8:30pm

Play duplicate-style bridge with a qualified director and teacher in a relaxed, non-competitive setting. Help with bidding and play of cards will be available. This program is non-ACBL sanctioned and great for those new to duplicate bridge. No partner required. Pick the Thursdays you want to register for. In order to have sufficient numbers each evening, you must register in advance for each Thursday session.

Cost: $6.50 for Adults; $6 for 65+ per session.

See front desk for details.


Armchair Travel

Coast Modern and Around the World in 80 Gardens (USA).

Saturday Nov 23, 1-3 PM

Coast Modern video will take you along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver.  It will showcase the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture and the homes that have become their legacies.  After a 10-minute break, the video Around the World in 80 Gardens USA will be shown, highlighting the most prestigious gardens in the US. 

Please register at the Front Desk.




Saturday, Nov 30, 2019, 1-3pm

Follow Buck Brannaman, The Actual Horse Whisper, to several stops on his normal, 40-week-per-year circuit of ranches throughout The Western United States where he gives clinics on “natural horsemanship“. He spends most of the year on the road, apart from his wife and daughters. Along the way, viewers learn about his childhood including his celebrity as a child performer of rope tricks, the physical abuse that he and his brother endured at the hands of their father, how a football coach helped to free him from his father after seeing welts on Buck’s back and legs, and life with the Shirleys, his foster parents.

Please register at front desk.


Council Special Events

Mark your calendar and watch this space for upcoming Council events.

Free Hearing Seminar

Wednesday Dec 4th. Robillard Hearing Seminar in Hall C commencing at 2:00 pm. Light Refreshments and goodies will be served. All are welcome to attend and there is no charge.

Winter Tea Dance

Saturday, Jan 25th. Take off your winter boots and put on your dancing shoes. There will be live entertainment (you can dance to), tea sandwiches and desserts.  Cost will be $ 20.00. Tickets can be purchased in the Council Cafe starting on Dec 17. Watch for flyer.

Retirement Fair

Sat Apr 18, 2020: The Kanata Seniors Council will be holding a Retirement Living Fair  in the Centre’s Mlacak Halls, commencing at 1:00 pm.  The exhibitors will feature products and services for older adults. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Refreshments and goodies will be served