7 outdoor activities around Ottawa you can enjoy while on vacation


We’re full of turkeys and we’re settling into that weird holiday time between Christmas and New Years Eve where we don’t really know what day it is.

Grab your toque and mittens to enjoy the fresh air with these outdoor activities in Ottawa.

Slide on the ice rink of dreams

Price: Free

When: From December 3 until the end of the skating season (7 a.m. to 11 p.m.)

Address: 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

Why You Must Go: Take advantage of this maintained ice rink open daily for winter fun. At night it is illuminated by colored lights.


Hike to Snow Capped Ruins on the Lime Kiln Trail

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Price: Free

Address: Moodie Drive, Ottawa, ON

Why you must go: It takes less than 10 minutes to reach some beautiful historic ruins on this wooded trail. You can access the ruins from above and below for fun photos and views.


Cross the river on a pedestrian bridge

Price: Free

Address: Pont Alexandra, Ottawa, ON

Why You Must Go: This scenic Interprovincial Bridge is over 100 years old and has a pedestrian walkway where you can easily walk and enjoy the views of Ottawa, Gatineau and the Ottawa River.


Toboggan on a retired ski slope

Price: Free

Address: 1640, avenue Laperrière, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: As one of Ottawa’s best and biggest toboggan runs, Carlington Park was once a ski resort. If you’re looking for speed downhill this is the perfect slope for sledding this winter. Be careful, however, “sledding is not allowed on the east side of the hill by the stairs”.


Stroll through the city center to see the Christmas lights

Price: Free

When: now until January 7, 2022

Address: Several locations in Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, Sparks Street and Confederation Park.

Why you need to go: Keep the magic of Christmas alive after the 25th by taking in the twinkling lights and vibrant colors of the capital. There are light shows, lighted trails, and interactive photo stops.


Watch the murals come to life on Bank Street

Price: Free

Address: Bank Street, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: Explore the colorful murals of Bank Street and watch five of them come to life in augmented reality. Download the app and be part of the artwork.


Skate downtown at Lansdowne Park

Price: Free

When: from November 26

Address: Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: It’s free to skate surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights and steps away from a giant Christmas tree.


Before you go, check out our Responsible Travel Guide to be informed, be safe, be smart and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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


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