Winter biking, South March Highlands

Explore far and wide in Ottawa’s countryside

Explore far and wide in Ottawa’s countryside

Rural Ottawa itineraries for right now

At almost 2800 square kilometres, Ottawa is easily Canada’s biggest city. And there is an array of unique places to visit in our city’s vast rural countryside. We’ve created these four rural Ottawa itineraries for safe local excursions. Please observe all recommended health protocols when you’re out and about!

Winter biking, South March Highlands
Getaway to West Carleton-March
Go deep underground at Canada’s Cold War Museum, explore historic Carp village, and experience the great outdoors in Ottawa’s rural northwest.
Watsons Mill
Visit Rideau-Goulbourn
Browse the shops and grab a bite on Manotick Main Street, stop by a vineyard blanketed in snow, then head to Marlborough Forest for some snowshoeing.
RiverOak
Discover Osgoode, Greely and Metcalfe
Satisfy your sweet tooth at one of the city’s favourite sugar bush operations and skate through a wooded winter wonderland in Ottawa’s rural southeast.
Mer Bleue Bog
Explore Cumberland
Hike, ski or snowshoe through the natural beauty of Mer Bleue Bog and explore a century old village in Ottawa’s rural east.

Outdoor inspiration in the countryside

Snowshoeing, Major's Hill Park, Winter
Snowshoeing in and around Ottawa
Looking for a fun and easy way to get some fresh air and exercise by yourself or with others this winter? Go snowshoeing within the city or in the countryside!
SJAM Winter Trail, Winter, Cross-country skiing
Cross-country skiing in and around Ottawa
Looking for great places to cross-country ski this winter? Find out where the trails are, what you can do nearby and where to rent equipment.
Snowmobile
Snowmobile trails in and around Ottawa
Planning a snowmobiling adventure this winter? Find out about easily accessible urban and rural trails, places to stay, local breweries and more.
Gatineau Park, winter, Snowshoeing
Wonderful outdoor winter activities in Ottawa
Looking for fun things to do outside this winter by yourself, with friends or with loved-ones? Stay active by skating, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and more.
Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest Sector, Greenbelt Farms/Le secteur agricole du sud et la forêt Pinhey, Fermes de la Ceinture de verdure
Year-round outdoor activities in Ottawa's Greenbelt
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Rideau Canal Skateway
Best ice skating experiences in Ottawa
Planning to go skating outdoors with friends and family this winter? Find out the best sites within the city and in the countryside, skate rental options, amenities and more.

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