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Skate your way through an Ottawa Winter

Thursday January 17, 2019
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It’s no secret that when winter hits Ottawa, cold is an understatement. It is tempting to hibernate until spring, but the reality is that there is so much fun to have this winter wonderland. Whether it’s your first snowy season in the city, or you need a cure for those yearly winter blues, you want to make sure to take advantage of all of the great activities that a Canadian winter has to offer.

The pinnacle of winter fun in the city is ice-skating. With the Rideau Canal right in your backyard, enjoying the world’s largest natural ice-rink should top everyone’s winter bucket list. Grabbing some friends and skating down the canal is the perfect way to get the most out of an Ottawa winter. The canal is open all day, every day, to skate or stroll along.

The City of Ottawa has also created outdoor ice rinks throughout across the city of everyone to enjoy. The Sens Rink of Dreams, located on the lawn of city hall, is another amazing location to ice-skate this winter. The rink really comes alive after dark, as colourful lights and music surround you while you skate around city hall.

While the winter may be long and snowy, beating the cold and having some outdoor winter fun is so easy in Ottawa. The skating rinks are open morning to night, and the canal is available 24 hours a day. Additionally, if you’re new to the city, or just under-prepared for the winter fun, we’ve got you covered.

Skate rentals are available at most locations so you’ll always be ready to go. Winter in Ottawa is too long and too exciting to sit inside and let the winter wonderland pass you by. The absolute best way to soak in the entire city this winter is to lace up your skates and hit the rinks.