Rideau Canal Skateway, Winter

No one does winter like we do!

No one does winter like we do!

Each winter, the Ottawa region transforms into a magical destination full of snowy landscapes and vibrant urban areas. With activities like ice skating, snowshoeing and skiing, as well as local shopping and dining, you can create a memorable getaway that’s not too far away. Plan your own staycation this winter and save $100 on your 2-night stay in participating hotels. It’s on us! 

Our goal is to inspire you to make unforgettable memories while visiting our region’s unique urban and rural areas. While considering safe travel measures, we invite you on a virtual journey to explore our rich culture, abundant outdoors and local flavours. 

Winter inspiration

The 2021 edition of this annual festival is bringing free Canadian winter fun, as well as Canada’s rich artistic and cultural diversity, to your home…
Snowfest 613 contest - Win prizes by having snow much fun!
Want to win great prizes by playing with snow at home during Winterlude? Submit photos of all your snow creations to our contest for your chance to win!
Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush
Make your own maple taffy at home
Looking for an easy recipe to make a Canadian sweet treat at home this winter? Get some snow or ice ready and prepare some maple taffy with the family!
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.
Make your own Winterlude cocktail
Make your own Winterlude cocktail
Whether you've skated on it or it's on your bucket list, celebrate the world’s largest outdoor skating rink at home by making this tasty drink this winter.
Winter biking, South March Highlands
Explore far and wide in Ottawa’s countryside
Discover surprising attractions, fun outdoor activities and welcoming businesses in Ottawa's charming countryside.

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