You have probably noticed that Ottawa was covered with lots of snow this past Monday night and there is more on the way! That means more shoveling, but it also means more outdoor recreation! Spring is on its way so make sure you get out there and enjoy this winter.
All this fresh snow leaves the perfect terrain to get out there on some trails. Snowshoeing is a great activity that does not require any advanced skills and is enjoyable for all age groups. Bring a camera and grab some pictures, you’ll surely enjoy this activity.
Great Location To Try: Mer Bleu Conservation Trail
Admittedly this one requires a lot of equipment, mainly a snowmobile. This is a high-speed fun activity and Ottawa is a great place to enjoy this activity. There are a wide range of great trails to enjoy snowmobiling
Great Location To Try: Russell Prescott Trail Link
Cross Country Skiing
Break out the skis! This fresh snow is going to mean beautiful smooth tracks. Glide across the snow with ease throughout Ottawa. This is a great low-impact cardio activity. This will get your body moving without putting tremendous stress on your knees than running could cause.
Great Location To Try: Sir John A. Mcdonald Winter Trail
Tobogganing, sledding, sliding or whatever you choose to call it, this is a great activity for the whole family. Head out to the nearest hill and enjoy the thrill of sliding right on down. If you do not own a sled you can find them at many stores in your neighbourhood and they’re affordable for endless fun. You will also get some exercise walking up the hill without even realizing it!
Great Location To Try: Green’s Creek
This is a relatively new phenomenon and it can be a lot of fun. These bikes have large (fat) wheels that are able to push through the snow. You can use these bikes on many trails or even on the road or side of the road. They offer a great way to enjoy biking year-round. You can also rent Fat Bikes from Cyco sport located near the Rideau Canal. You can rent for an hour for $13 or $75 for 3 days.
Great Location To Try: South March Highlands, Kanata
This is a no-brainer in Ottawa. We have the world’s largest skating rink the historic Rideau Canal. This spot is within walking distance of many homes and offers some great views and fun. You do not want to miss it! There is also a network of local rinks to try out. Grab the skates and get out there and carve up some ice.
Great Location To Try: Rideau Canal
Update: Unfortunately the Rideau Canal is closed for the season but be sure to check back next year!
This could involve fort building, snow angels, snowball throwing, jumping into the snow, etc. Basically, any fun playing in the snow. A personal favourite is throwing around a football in the snow. You will be able to make some great catches. This is a great way to get outside as a family and enjoy the season
Great Location To Try: Your Backyard or Local Park
Recreation in Ottawa
Now you can see why so many people enjoy winter in Ottawa. The recreation options are vast. There are plenty more that were not named in this blog, get out there and discover this city.
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