8 skating spots around Ottawa where you can glide through a sparkling winter wonderland

No winter would be complete without slipping on the ice. Here are eight skating spots around Ottawa where you can explore a sparkling winter wonderland.

From a new twist-filled ice maze to frozen trails that lead you through a night-lit forest, there are so many amazing activities you’ll want to try for yourself.

Country Adventures

Price: $14+ per person

When: December (exact date to be determined)

Address: 16495 Sixth Rd., Moose Creek, ON

Why you need to go: They have a 3 kilometer skating trail through the forest, a snowshoe trail, and a big tubing hill you can slide down.

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RiverOak

Price: $13.50 per person

When: December (exact date to be determined)

Address: 2900 York’s Corners Road, Ottawa, Ontario

Why you need to go: You can glide along a 3.5 kilometer illuminated ice trail through forest and meadows for a romantic evening.

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Eco-Odyssey Nature Park

Price: $20 per person

When: December 18, 2021 – March 6, 2022

Address: 52 Ch. des Sources, Wakefield, QC

Why you need to go: You’ll have so much fun trying to escape the massive new ice maze.

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Lansdowne Park Skating Rink

Price: Free

When: From November 26

Address: Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: You can dance on the ice as part of the DJ nights or say hello to Santa Claus, who will be visiting the rink in December.

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Rideau Hall Ice Rink

Price: to be determined

When: January 10, 2022 – March 13, 2022

Address: 101 Princess Avenue, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: At Rideau Hall, you can make reservations to use the rink for the perfect winter day.

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Ice Rink of Dreams

Price: Free

When: from December 3

Address: 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: In front of City Hall, you’ll find an illuminated skating rink that overlooks colorful Christmas lights.

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Skating in the Forest

Price: $18+ per person

When: December 18, 2021 – March 1, 2022

Address: 9 Montee Beausoleil, Lac des Loups, QC

Why you need to go: This is a hidden gem just 45 minutes from Ottawa, where you can skate through a snowy forest.

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Rideau Canal Skateway

Price: Free

When: to be determined

Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: This is the largest skating rink in the world and will take you through downtown Ottawa.

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In Ontario, a vaccine passport is required to access certain events, services and businesses, including restaurants and bars.

In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many shops and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.

Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.

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