Winter activities in Ottawa
Ottawa residents are familiar with the cold. Several times a year, Ottawa even enjoys the title of “Coldest Capital City” in the world. Despite the brisk temperatures, residents across the city embrace the cold and make the most of the distinct geographic features that our northern climate provides.
Winter activity in Ottawa and the Rideau Canal are often synonymous in the minds of residents and visitors, but our city has so much to offer in addition to this historic attraction.
Did you know that Ottawa has over 150 km of cross-country ski trails in the heart of the city, throughout the Greenbelt? These trails are free to use and suitable for skiers of all abilities. They are great for snow shoeing as well!
Ottawa also has literally hundreds of outdoors skating rinks for you to enjoy across the City, including our beautiful Sens Rinks of Dreams at City Hall. Find one near you.
If the cold isn’t for you, then I encourage you to visit Ottawa.ca and sign up for one of the many exciting recreation programs we have available across the city, for all age groups, in both official languages.
Ottawa also offers a wide variety of festivals and events for the whole family to enjoy, and winter is no exception. Winterlude kicks off this Friday, February 3rd, with events taking place across the National Capital Region. City Hall is taking a more active role this year, with Marion Dewar Plaza being added as an official Winterlude site. Visit Winterlude's website for a full calendar of events and activities that will be taking place.
In addition to the many annual events taking place, 2017 and Canada’s 150th birthday will bring with it exciting, unique, signature events that will create memories for generations to come. On March 3-4th, Red Bull Crashed Ice will see athletes skate down a massive ice track filled with drops, hairpin turns, and gaps at speeds of more than 50 km/h alongside the historic Chateau Laurier. This free event is not to miss!
Finally, I encourage you to join me and enjoy a day of fun, free activities at my annual Mayor’s Family Day Skating Party on Family Day, Monday, February 20th. There will be giveaways, special guests, and hot chocolate as well as indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.
See you then!