While many people try to escape the cold by flying to warmer destinations or staying bundled up inside, there are others who embrace winter and all of the cold, snowy weather it has to offer. Our nation’s capital does a great job of providing activities and events that take advantage of the cold weather. Looking for something the whole family can enjoy that’s cost-effective and still loads of fun? Pack up the car, dress warm, grab your sleds, and head to the hills. In this article, we highlight the best places in Ottawa to go tobogganing this winter.
Marcel Lalande Park
For those will smaller children, this spot is a great choice since it has a smaller hill that’s man-made and isn’t scary at all. It’s also clear from any obstructions and trees, making it a safer option for the little ones. Since there aren’t any lights nearby, we recommend going here earlier in the day before it gets dark out.
Westboro Kiwanis Park
The Westboro Kiwanis Park has a smaller hill as well that offers a medium-length run. This hill is suitable for kids who are a little older and want a bit more speed when they zip down on their sled. The park does have some lighting from the nearby skating rink, but it can still get quite dark in the evenings.
If you’re located outside the city near Nepean, check out Bayshore Park. Here you’ll find another small hill, but unlike the previous ones, this has a steeper slope. The bottom is quite clear as well, making it safer. So you won’t have to worry when gaining speed down the hill. This area is unlit, so aim to arrive earlier during the day.
Craig Henry Park
For adults or kids looking for a bit more of an adrenaline rush, head to Craig Henry Park in Nepean. This slope is on the medium-large range and is clear from obstructions, offering lots of room to have fun in the snow. It is also unlit.
Loyola Park is located near Gloucester. It’s perfect if your family ranges in age brackets and you need slopes that can accommodate. The hills in this park are natural and multi-level with some that are quite steep and others more gradual. But each of them are clear at the bottom. There are no lights in this park.
Walter Baker Park
In Kanata, Walter Baker Park has a large hill with a medium slope. But the runoff is long, making it just as fun as steeper hills. This hill is lit during the evenings and parking is available at the Recreation Complex.
Ski Hill Park
As the name suggests, this is the place to visit when you want some serious speed under your sled. It offers a massive hill that’s also multi-level with turns and gradual slopes. But it’s important to note that there are trees in and around this hill, and the area is unlit. Even though there are hay bundles placed for protection, always use caution when sledding near objects.
No matter which hill you end up at, always make sure to slide down safely, dress warm, and be aware of your environment! Contact us today to find out more about our winter services.