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Snow Much Fun

Snow much fun!

There are so many fun outdoor activities to enjoy this winter. We have lined up a variety of winter activities and ideas for you to stay active while being as safe as possible. Your physical and mental health will thank you for participating in these activities. Many of the activities are free and there’s something for everyone to make this winter “Snow much fun!”

Follow these tips to have a fun and safe experience:

  • Choose outdoor activities as often as you can.
  • Do activities only with members of your own household. If you live alone you may consider doing activities with one or two friends, or loved ones from one other household.
  • Keep at least two metres from others.
  • Steer clear of crowds and come back later if it’s busy.
  • Skip the change hut. Arrive dressed to play and put your equipment on outside.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands regularly.
  • Wear a mask indoors and when it’s difficult to maintain a 2-metre distance from others.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Be Social Wise and follow the guidance of Ottawa Public Health.

Colouring book

Download and print the Snow Much Fun! colouring book featuring Dexter the Park-o-saurus. For an added challenge, try to do all of the winter activities and colour the page as you complete each activity.

Colouring book [PDF - 3.39 mb]

Activities

Winter trail network

The City is a proud partner of the Urban Winter Trails Alliance. The City, the National Capital Commission (NCC) and other partners support a growing network of scenic winter trails around Ottawa. These trails are maintained by community groups for a multitude of activities:

  • Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) - centrally located along the beautiful Ottawa River, this multi-use pathway stretches from Canadian War Museum to Westboro Beach. The trails are groomed for classic and skate cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking and biking.
  • Britannia Winter Trail – these multi-use trails run from the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia Park around Mud Lake and the Britannia Conservation Area. These trails welcome cross-country skiers, snowshoers, walkers and bikers.
  • Kanata Nordic – located in the west-end of Ottawa and accessible from Corkstown Road, these trails are groomed and intended only for classic and skate cross-country skiers.
  • Orleans Ski Club - located in Orléans in the Greenbelt, these trails at Green’s Creek are groomed regularly for classic cross-country and tracks are also occasionally set at Mer Bleue and Pine Grove.
  • Ski Heritage East – located in Orléans, stretching along the Ottawa River from Green’s Creek to Petrie Island, these trails are groomed and intended only for classic and skate cross-country skiers.
  • Rideau Winter Trail – starting from the Rideau Sports Centre at 1 Donald Street, and running through Overbrook, Sandy Hill and Vanier, these centrally located multi-use trails welcome cross-country skiers, snowshoers, walkers and bikers.
  • Mooney's Bay Ski Centre at Terry Fox Athletic Facility - located at 2960 Riverside Drive, this centre has 5 km of groomed and well-lit trails for classic and skate cross-country. skiers. The centre closed until January 23.

Skating

Get out on the ice for a skate.

Rink ambassadors

Rink ambassadors will be making the rounds at select locations to organize fun activities on the ice and in parks, while educating the public about preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Sledding

Use the City’s interactive map to find a great place to toboggan near you.

Cross-country skiing

There are lots of places to classic and skate ski in Ottawa. Explore the winter trail network and check out pop-up events when they come to your area. Mooney's Bay Ski Centre at Terry Fox Athletic Facility will begin offering programs in the new year for those looking to take lessons or join a club.

Snowshoeing

Go snowshoeing on the winter trails that permit snowshoes or keep it local and head to a park near you.

Play in the park

Get some fresh air and head to one of the City’s many parks for some fun. Build a snowman, play a game with members of your household or simply enjoy some outdoor time.