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Winter Activities in Ottawa

Posted by on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 at 10:50am.

Despite the warm weather we’ve been experiencing, we are in the winter season. And if there’s one thing Ottawa locals know how to do best, its winter activities. Although many of the ski hills in Ottawa and surrounding areas have been forced to postpone their opening date, there are many other winter activities that are planning to continue as normal. Here are a few of the winter activities in Ottawa that you don’t want to miss:

1.            Until January 7th 2016, the Christmas lights across Canada event will be continuing at Parliament.  This event features colourful lights being shone onto the parliament buildings, and each evening tells a different story about Canada’s traditions and history.

2.            Another traditional winter activity is to attend an Ottawa Senators game. Their NHL season has already begun and will continue until April 7th.

3.            Since the Lansdowne complex has been built, it’s been a popular attraction for both locals and visitors. An added addition for winter is the Lansdowne skating court which provides free skating from 6am-11pm, 7 days a week. All you have to do is bring your own skates!

4.            Scheduled to begin January 29th is Winterlude. Winterlude includes a variety of activities from ice sculpture competitions, snow sporting events, and beautiful Christmas lights, decorations and cheer!

5.            Another amazing event which occurs just outside of Ottawa is the Canadian Ski Marathon. The Canadian Ski Marathon is the world’s longest cross country ski tour which runs from Lachute Quebec to Gatineau Park Quebec (160km). But don’t worry, you don’t have to do the whole 160km’s, just come out and join between February 19th and 21st and do as much or as little of the tour as you’d like.

6. The Rideau Canal skate way is hoping to open as planned on January 6th and will remain open until March 9th, should the weather permit. The canal is a total of 7.8kms long and is the largest outdoor rink according to the Guinness world records.

For more information about other upcoming winter events in the capital, and to check out grand opening and close dates (which can sometimes be delayed, due to weather) visit Ottawa Tourism.

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