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July 06, 2010

Ottawa List: Free (or low-cost) places with air conditioning in Ottawa

UPDATED June 18, 2012

Here's a list of businesses and public places in Ottawa that have air conditioning, and are free, or low-cost. Add your suggestions to the comments below.
Some reader suggestions from yesterday via Twitter:
  • The Beer Store (@stuntmanstu)
  • Costco walk in cooler where they keep the lettuce (again, @stuntmanstu)
  • Any City of Ottawa community centre (@themagicfridge)
  • Carleton University tunnels (@kmennie)
  • Wall Space Gallery (@WallSpaceOttawa)
  • Chapters book store (@bitofmomsense)
  • Arts Court or Timmy's (@Sarah_A_Mahoney)
Related: Ottawa Swimming Guide


  1. Anonymous11:54 AM

    How about skating rinks?

  2. ottawa doesn't have any skating rinks... unless you mean ice skating, in which case I think most, if not all, do not have ice right now, and are not actually air conditioned.

  3. I just checked with the City of Ottaw and yes indeed there are several rinks with ice that offer public skating:


  4. @bnjmnwood on Twitter recommended the walk-in freezers at Mark's - the ones used to test winter outerwear

  5. @kittybroadway on Twitter says: "You can add the new Ottawa Humane Society to the free places with a/c: hang out with animals weekdays 11-7, Sat 10-5"

  6. Airconditioned awesomeness: Tonight Australia's @TheAvesBand (youtu.be/2XY4Covx2Vc) play @zaphods_ottawa 8pm www.zaphods.ca

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