Pickleball is so popular in Ottawa that it was time for the first festival for the sport! We’re proud to welcome you to the Orléans Pickleball Festival — Presented by Ken Gordon Holdings!

100% of the event’s profits go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, the organizers and hosts of the festival.

We’re firming up all event details, but you can expect a day full of entertainment in line with the following. The festival is entirely free to attend, other than tournament play, though there will be opportunities to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa throughout.


  • Two Pickleball Tournaments! (Competitive & Recreation)
  • Enjoy Watching Games All Day Long
  • Professional Exhibition Match
  • “Learn to Play” Workshop before Recreation Tournament
  • The Gherkin Gang—Kids Pickleball Workshop
  • Councillor Showdown?!


  • Dunk Your Dad in Our Dunk Tank!
  • Orléans Maker Market!
  • Kids Zone & Street Entertainer
  • Photo Booth
  • Blind Volleyball Court


  • Enjoy a delicious meal in Pierre Rocque Park!


Click here to view our many sponsor and vendor options!

Interested in being a vendor? Click here to submit your vendor application for the Orléans Maker Market at the festival!

Please note that if the festival is cancelled for reasons outside of our control, there will be no refunds for sponsors, and we appreciate your understanding. The festival is run by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, a registered charity supporting at-risk youth, and you are making a real impact with your support. We appreciate it deeply. Please note that refunds will be issued to standalone vendors should the festival be cancelled.


Interested in volunteering at the festival? Please email Jake Naylor at jake.naylor@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.

Competitive Tournament
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

For intermediate to very good players, self-assessed skill level 3.5 to 5.0+. Competing for the Big Dill Cup!

Recreation Tournament—Presented by Heart of Orléans BIA
3:30 PM—7:30 PM

For beginners to competent players, self-assessed skill level 1.0 to 3.0. Families and corporate teams welcome. Win the “No Big Dill” Cup!


  1. Doubles format. Players ranked individually throughout tournament. A win is 3 points for each member of the winning team, a tie is 2, and a loss is 1.
  2. Players register in the tournament as individuals and not as teams. One purchaser may buy multiple players at the same time, as long as each player can individually agree to the terms during registration.
  3. 64 players in each tournament. All players guaranteed 5 games minimum. After 5 rounds, Top 16 will proceed, followed by Top 8, then Top 4.
  4. A game goes to 11 points or 12 minutes, whichever comes first.
  5. Games are self-regulated (no referees), but an appointed tournament staff will make decisions on disputes, and those decisions are final.
  6. Players understand that the tournament format can change at the discretion of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa should a need be determined.

As you register for the tournaments, each participant will be asked for the following:

  1. AGREEMENT TO MANDATORY WAIVER: There is a mandatory waiver required from the Orléans Tennis & Pickleball Club in order to participate. Read the waiver here, and each person must confirm they understand and agree to it as part of this registration process. 
  2. SELF-ASSESSED SKILL LEVEL: Simply a self-assessment of your pickleball skill. Refer to Pickleball Canada’s Skills Self-Assessment Chart hereThis is used to help you determine which tournament is best for you, and to help us if we need to adjust the tournament format at all. Don’t overthink it, and if you’re a true beginner or don’t know, just put 1.0!
  3. PADDLE REQUIRED: All registrants agree to bring their own paddle, as they will not be available at the event. Balls will be provided.
  4. CANCELLATION TERMS: If the event is cancelled due to weather or any circumstances outside of our control, there will be no refunds to tournament registrants, and we appreciate your understanding. The festival is run by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, a registered charity supporting at-risk youth. This said, trust that your funds will be put to excellent use supporting youth in our growing city, and we appreciate your support of our work very much.