Category: Winter Activities in Ottawa

5 Winter Activities You Can Enjoy In Ottawa

If you are looking for some winter fun, you should visit Ottawa. The Gatineau and the neighboring cities have lots of things to offer to the tourists during winter. Whether you love skiing or skating, you will have lots of fun here. Here are the top winter activities you can enjoy here.


If skating is your thing then you shouldn’t miss the chance of skating in from the of the Parliament’s Centre Block on this huge rink. You should reserve your skating passes before. You can either bring your own skates or rent them from the site. You will have an awesome time skating with many other people in such a beautiful environment.

The Rideau Canal Skateway is another place for skating. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It freezes during the winter and becomes one of the largest skating rinks in the world. It is a perfect place for skaters of all ages. No matter what skill levels you have, you will have a great time skating here.

You can warm up in the heated change huts available. There are shops where you can enjoy hot soup, pastries, hot chocolate, etc. Thousands of skaters come here every day during the winter.

Creating ice sculptures

You can do something unique by joining the winter festival Winterlude. You get the chance show your creativity by making ice sculptors. Carvers from around the world gather here to take part in the International Ice Carving Competition.


You can try snowshoeing in the Gatineau Park. You can rent pair o snowshoes and walk for miles. There are camping areas as well where you can spend the night. 60 kilometers of snowshoeing trails are available and the trails vary in skill. There are both easy and difficult trails.

Thermal baths and sauna

Nordik Spa-Nature is the biggest outdoor spa in North America. You will enjoy thermal baths and saunas here. You can go to hot tubs, steam rooms, cool pools, etc. to relax and have some great time. There are wood-burning fireplaces and heated porches to keep you warm even when you are outside. You can try the Kalla treatment here. It is a saltwater floating pool and offers various health benefits.


You can ski down the Gatineau hills. People from the neighboring places come here every year for the ultimate skiing experience. You will be able to get all the necessary accessories on site. There are shops where you can eat and drink. Instructors are also there to guide you.

Winter activities are great fun. If you know how to beat the cold weather then you can enjoy these wonderful activities in Quebec. So, plan your trip to Quebec this year to enjoy the winter.