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Winter Activities

Winter Vacations in Canada’s Capital

Beat the winter blues in Ottawa.

Canada’s Capital region truly is an outdoor paradise for winter enthusiasts. Spend a day rocking the slopes or cross-country skiing in powdery white snow—but don’t forget to visit the world’s largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal Skateway. After a full day of winter adventures, grab a bite of a BeaverTail pastry treat and call it a day!

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Rideau Canal Skateway

Measuring 7.8 km long, the Rideau Canal Skateway is the largest outdoor skating rink in the world. The skateway extends to Dows Lake and is the ideal place for a romantic stroll or a playful day with the kids. Many services, including change rooms and skate rentals, are located along the way.

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Cross-Country Skiing

Feed your passion for cross-country skiing at two of Ottawa's treasured parks: Gatineau Park and Greenbelt Park. Both locations offer hundreds of kilometres of scenic trails. Catch the experts in action during the Canadian Ski Marathon and the Gatineau Loppet.

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Downhill Skiing

Whether you want to tackle the hills at 100km/h or enjoy the majestic views from the top, Ottawa's surrounding downhill skiing sites give you plenty of options to choose from. Hit the slopes at Mont Cascades, Mont Saint-Marie, Mount Pakenham or Camp Fortune.

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Beavertails in Ottawa

Without a doubt, the "BeaverTails" treat has become what many refer to as a Canadian addiction. Even President Obama couldn't resist one of these delectable treats during his visit to Canada's Capital! Look for kiosks along the Rideau Canal Skateway and the ByWard Market Square.

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Get your tuques and mittens ready! Warm up your winter with North America's greatest winter festival. Ice carvings, giant children's snow playground, learn-to-skate clinics, hockey tournament, winter triathlon, unique culinary events, and more, along the Rideau Canal Skateway.

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Winter Festivals & Events

Winter is no time to hibernate in Canada's Capital! Whether you're walking down the aisle or hitting the snowy trails for North America's longest Nordic ski adventure, there's plenty to do in Ottawa when the snow falls.

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