Whether you’re looking to escape the cold or enjoy the winter wonderland, Ottawa has something for everyone. Check off these activities on our winter to-do list before you ring in the new year.
Your guide to winter in Ottawa
Go for a skate
Skate on the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world at the Rideau Canal Skateway. Though weather permitting, the canal is open to skaters daily during the winter. Don’t have skates? There are skate rental shacks and change huts for you to gear up for the ice.
Hit the slopes
With Camp Fortune and Mont Cascades so close to Ottawa, grab your skis and spend a day on the slopes. Not a skier? Take in nature’s winter wonderland and try snowshoeing at Gatineau Park.
Camping isn’t reserved just for the summer—winter camping is just as picturesque. Gatineau Park provides adventure seekers with campsites, cabins, and even yurts. Reservations are required to camp at Gatineau Park, so book now!
Grab coffee, get cozy
Bring a book or your laptop and spend a snowy day at Origin Trade. Sink into a leather chair and pair your latte with a chocolate croissant. Speaking of pairings, this gem is also a wine bar and their menu is full of charcuterie favourites.
Last minute shopping
Need a last minute gift for your aunt or dessert for a potluck party? Head to the Christmas market at Byward Market. With over 175 vendors, the market has everything from fresh produce to a fine art. Spend a day at ByWard Market and you’ll find it hard to leave empty-handed.