'There is nothing to do here' is the classic phrase you'll hear in Ottawa during the winter. While that's 100% not true, it can definitely feel like that when it's -30 outside and you don't want to leave your house even to get into a warm car.
However, there are some days in the winter that make you want to be outside. When it's only -10 outside, when it's sprinkling snow, you know what I mean. There are a ton of places inside and outside in Ottawa that make winter less miserable and I have come up with the perfect guide so you don't feel bored the entire winter. Cause, you know, it's a long ass season.
There is a lot more to do than skate on the Rideau Canal in the winter, especially since we have no idea when it will be ready. So if you're getting antsy waiting for summer, here is an A to Z guide on what to do in the winter in Ottawa. Enjoy!
A - Art Gallery // National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Dr
B - Burgers // Burgers n' Fries Forever
C - Camping // Four Season Tents
D - Dinner // Sutherland Restaurant, Bar and Coffee House
224 Beechwood Avenue
E - Exercise // Wheelhouse Cycle
279 Wellington St W
F - Fried Chicken // The Fry
G - Golf // Putting Edge
5 Roydon Pl #1
H - Happy Hour // The Standard Luxury Tavern
60 Elgin St
I - Ice Skating // All around Ottawa!
J - Jail // HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
75 Nicholas St
K - Karaoke // VIP Karaoke Bar Inc
610 Somerset St W
L - Latte // Quitters Coffee
1523 Main Street South
M - Movies // Cineplex Cinemas Lansdowne VIP
325 Marché Way #107
N - Nature Walk // Mer Bleue Conservation Area
O - Ottawa Senators // Canadian Tire Centre
1000 Palladium Dr
P - Parliament Hill // Canada 150 Skating Rink
Q - Quelque Chose Pâtisserie // Macarons, and more!
R - Road Trip // Old Québec
4 and a half hours from Ottawa
S - Spa // Nordik Spa-Nature
16 Chemin Nordik
T - Tacos // El Camino
U - Upscale Restaurant // Copper Spirits and Sights
325 Dalhousie St
V - Vineyard // Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro
54 York St
W - Westboro Village // Shopping, cafes and so much more!
X - Xbox // Level One Game Pub
14 Waller St
Y - Yoga // Pure Yoga Ottawa
Z - Zoo // Little Ray's Reptile Zoo
5305 Bank St