As winter transforms the landscape into a cold but beautiful wonderland, natives and tourists alike will head outside to take advantage of the unique opportunities. There are a vast number of fun activities that will delight even the grumpiest of people.

The team at Ottawa Apartments would like you to know some of the fun things to do in Ottawa this winter.


WinterludeThe Ottawa-Gatineau region presents a celebration of the season during February’s first three weekends. Available Ottawa winter activities include a snow playground, professional ice carvings, and programs on the Rideau Canal Skateway and in the city. Winterlude has become an institution that has been around for over 40 years. Enjoy most of the activities for free.

Ice Skating

The city is home to some of the best ice skating experiences in the world.

Opening from late December to late February, the Rideau Canal Skateway is the largest naturally occurring skating rink in the world that is free to access.

Other options include the Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall and the Skating Court at Lansdowne.

Extreme Winter Sports

Those looking to fully satisfy their adrenaline needs will find that winter in Ottawa has many options available.

Skiing enthusiasts can access many urban and downhill trails like the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail, the Gatineau Park, or the hills within driving distance of Ottawa such as Camp Fortune. Snowboarders can also find downhill trails in the environs of Mont Cascade.

Those who prefer tubing can also find them at select ski hills. If tobogganing or sledding is more your flavour, you can find some gentle slopes in Greenbelt that also come with evening lighting.

Winter Exploration

SnowshoeingThose looking for fun things to do in Ottawa winters without adrenaline can also find a host of activities to participate in and enjoy.

Snowshoeing is a particularly popular pastime and dedicated trails in Gatineau Park are frequented by many. Hiking and caving are also available for those who wish to participate.

If you prefer more urban areas for exploration, the ByWard Market provides a winter experience as well. The Andaz Hotel has an amazing view of the skyline and the sunset over the Parliament buildings is particularly breathtaking.

Camping and Cabin Life

Other more subdued activities in Ottawa wintertime exist for those who prefer to relax during this time of year.

The Gatineau Park provides a selection of campsites, yurts, tents, and cabins, all accessible via ski and snowshoe trails if preferred. Park Omega also offers cabins, chalets, and lodges in addition to a wildlife park that guests can visit in the daytime.

Ottawa Apartments – Your Ottawa Apartment Guide

Wintertime brings many activities and events to Ottawa. There is something for everyone and anyone, regardless of their interests and ability to participate.

Please contact us if you are interested in an apartment in Ottawa. Ottawa Apartments has connections with over 7000 listings in the area alone. We are here to do the leg work for you and ensure that you have a comfortable and affordable place to stay and enjoy the winter attractions of the city.