Once the winter hits, we don’t shy away from the weather – we embrace it! Even with limitations due to COVID-19, the city of Ottawa still offers many things to do for some wintery fun in the snow. So when you’re starting to feel a bit stir-crazy, check out the list below with the best places to visit in Ottawa this winter season.
Wintery Nature Trails
Just because the snow is piling high, it doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy the trails. There are two trail pathways that stretch through Ottawa, which are free and suitable for a range of winter activities. The first is the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway which starts near the Canadian War Museum. This stretches for 16 km and will take you to Westboro beach. The second one is the Ski Heritage East trail. It runs along the Ottawa River in Orleans. Both trails are groomed regularly and ideal for winter recreation, whether you prefer fat biking, walking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing.
Skate on the Rideau Canal
Skating on the Rideau Canal is a staple part of winter here in Ottawa. Once the Rideau freezes, get your skates, bundle up, and lace-up for some outdoor time gliding on the river. We recommend packing some hot chocolate in a flask to warm up afterwards or treating yourself to a Beavertail and hot beverage once you’re there. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the Rideau Canal Skateway conditions to ensure it’s safe to skate on.
Go Skating in the Forest
For a truly unique and magical experience, take your skates to the skating trail that winds 3km through the forest near Gatineau Park. Though it’s technically not in Ottawa, it’s only 45 minutes away and worth the trip for an enchanting winter wonderland experience.
Enjoy a Winter Safari Ride at Parc Omega
If you love nature but don’t love spending time physically outside, Parc Omega is a perfect option for you! It gives you the best of both worlds since you can stay cozy in your vehicle for a drive-through nature park experience. If you’re lucky, you could spot wolves, elk, deer, bison, moose and much more.
Discover all that Ottawa has to offer this season with these wintery ideas for adventure and fun, no matter your age. If you need snow removal services around your property so you can dedicate your downtime to recreation, give us a call at Hansen Lawn & Garden! We’ll help you through the winter months without having to shovel.