We all know and love the Rideau Canal. But this definitely gives it a run for it's money.
You can now skate through a forest in Gatineau Park and it's absolutely magical. And cold, but mostly magical.
About an hour drive north of Ottawa near Lacs-des-Loups, Gatineau Park's 3km skating canal is open for business and it's truly the place to be this winter. This is the first year the skating rink inside the forest near Ste-Cécile-de-Masham is open and people from Ottawa and Quebec are going crazy over this while waiting for the Rideau Canal to open.
More than 8,000 people have skated on it since opening a week ago, and the creator, Dave Mayer, claims that's how many people he was expecting throughout the entire season.
This skating canal is open from 10 am to 4 pm every day of the week, but also depending on the weather. Admission is $12 a day for adults, $8 a day for children 6 to 17 and kids under the age of 5 can skate for free. Or if you love it enough, which you will, you can buy a season pass for $65 dollars for adults, and $45 for children and teens.
Hiking in Gatineau Park is so popular in the summer, and now we finally have a reason to spend more time in park in the winter. If you're anxiously awaiting the opening of the Rideau Canal, get a change of scenery and skate through this beautiful 3km skating canal. You'll feel like you're in a romcom, I promise!
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