The city of Ottawa is an exciting place to visit any time of the year. But in the spirit of true Canadians, Ottawa fully embraces the colder season with plenty of activities to enjoy throughout the winter. If you’re searching for some fun winter events in Ottawa this New Year, here are some ideas to mark on your calendar!
If you’re really looking to rediscover the joy and excitement of winter, then don’t miss out on one of Ottawa’s more infamous annual events – Winterlude! This is one of the main highlights of the season and dates all the way back to 1979 when it was first created! This event celebrates all that’s unique and glorious about our Canadian roots and climate. You can skate along the world’s largest skating rink, enjoy a massive winter playground surrounded by ice carvings and snow sculptures, and enjoy numerous other activities. This event runs from February 2nd to 19th, and there’s a whole calendar of events that you can check out to learn all about what to do and check out this year. https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/winterlude.html
If you love cross-country skiing, you can hit the trails in Gatineau Park for the 40th edition of Gatineau Loopet. This event is for those die-hard cross-country skiers who love to take in the magical wintery landscapes while gliding along the paths. This year the event will be hosting a race on a linear course of 51km involving free technique. So skiers from the region and around the world can register and partake in this event that’s happening February 16th, 17th and 18th. Check out their website to learn more about the details and how to register. http://www.gatineauloppet.com/
Skating on the Canal
All Ottawa natives have done it or know someone who’s done it – and for good reason. Skating on the Rideau Canal is a long-running Ottawa tradition that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With the frigid weather we’ve had so far, the ice is sure shaping up great for the skating season. With a city that fully embraces the winter season, you’ll certainly have no shortage of options to choose from for winter events on Ottawa. So be sure to get out there and enjoy it!