Helmet Discount Weekend

Helmet Discount Weekend – May 4 and 5, 2019

Participating Retail Stores are Listed Below

Ottawa Public Health is partnering with sports retailers across Ottawa to offer you a discount on helmets – for the 8th year in a row!

Helmets help keep everyone protected from serious brain and head injuries by absorbing the force from a fall or hit to the head. 

In Ontario, the Highway Traffic Act makes it mandatory for anyone under the age of 18 to wear a certified helmet while riding a bicycle.  Learning more about helmet safety and safe cycling by taking a cycling course

Find a participating retailer near you

The following retailers are offering a 10-20% discount on their helmets, and some retailers are also offering discounts on safety equipment such as lights and reflectors.  Call ahead to ask.  

Business / Web site Address 
Bushtukah - Westboro 203 Richmond Road
Bushtukah - Stittsville 5607 Hazeldean Road
Cyclelogik 1111A Wellington Street
Cyco Sport 5 Hawthorne Avenue
Dinardo's Skies & Wheels 44 Northside Road
Euro-Sports 13 Bullman Street
Figure 8 380 Industrial Avenue
Foster’s Sports 305 Bank Street
Fresh Air Experience 1291 Wellington Street West
Full Cycle 401 St. Laurent Boulevard
Giant Orleans 2404 St Joseph Boulevard
Giant Ottawa 1162 Bank Street
Houle Sports 2055 Tenth Line Road
Kunstadt Sports - Glebe 680 Bank Street
Kunstadt Sports - Bank & Heron 1583 Bank Street
Kunstadt Sports - Kanata 462 Hazeldean Road
McCrank’s Cycle 889 Bank Street
MEC 366 Richmond Road
Phat Moose Cycles 98 Hawthorne Avenue
Scooteretti 85 Murray Street
Rebec and Kroes 2639 Alta Vista Drive


65 Sparks Street
Sportek 1020 Pleasant Park Road
Sporting Life 125 Marche Way (Lansdowne)
Tall Tree Cycles 806 Somerset Street West
The Cyclery 1115 Bank Street
Top of the World 158 Rideau Street
Valiquette Source for Sports 1740 Carling Avenue
What to look for when buying a helmet
  • Ensure that the helmet has been safety certified. Look for the certification sticker on the inside or outside of the helmet. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has a standard for bicycle helmets.
  • Never buy a used helmet.
  • Buy a helmet that fits now; not one that a child has to grow into.
What type of helmet should you buy?

Most helmets fit into one of three types:

  • Single impact: example - bicycle helmet. They are designed to protect against one impact. Must be replaced after a crash or hard hit to the head, even if you cannot see any damage.
  • Multi impact: example - hockey helmet. They are designed to protect against more than one impact. Helmets must be replaced when you see damage.
  • Multi Sport: does not mean that it is multi impact but that it is approved for more than one activity. Check the maker's label for the list of activities for which the helmet can be worn safely.
Make sure the helmet fits
Know the 2V1 rule to fit a bicycle helmet. Put the helmet on the head so it is level and so it is not tilting backwards or forwards. Then check the following:
  • Two fingers distance from helmet to eyebrow.
  • V-shape straps around each ear.
  • One finger between chin and fastened strap.
When do helmets need to be replaced? 
  •  After a crash or large impact, even if you cannot see any damage.
  • When it does not fit anymore.
  • If the helmet gets a crack or dent, or if the straps tear. 
  • Five years after the manufacturing date (this date is on a sticker in or on the helmet).

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