The best winter attractions in Ottawa and beyond.
Patinage En Foret
Looking for a twist on skating? Only 45 minutes from Ottawa, you can skate through the forest next to Gatineau Park on a 3km ice path. The trees will provide some shelter from the wind so you can enjoy the calm snowy forest in a new way.
Winter is a great time to visit the park because this is when many of our Canadian wildlife is most active! See them in a whole new light as they play in the fresh snow. Fort Henry’s Lumina Borealis is a walk-through experience.
Rideau Canal Skateway
A must-do in Ottawa, lace up your skates and join in on the fun on the world’s largest skating rink. Along the 7.8km skate you can stop at one of several snack huts and treat yourself to a beavertail and hot chocolate to refuel.
Ever wondered what it’s like to go dog sledding? Head on over to Outaouais to Escapade EsKimo. Here you can enjoy dog sledding, snow shoeing, sliding. You can even warm up in a private hot tub or relax near the fireplace to warm up after a day in the snow.
From ice sculpture competitions, skating, cross country ski races to an ice dragon boat festival, there is something for the entire family to enjoy at Winterlude.