Make this winter one you'll never forget! While there are plenty of activities happening in Ottawa to keep you busy all winter long, but sometimes it is fun to pack up the car and go on a road trip. Within a few hours drive of Ottawa, you'll find tons of amazing things to enjoy in the winter.

READ MORE: 30 Things To Do In Ottawa That You Have To Add To Your Winter Bucket List

Here are 10 spontaneous day trips from Ottawa that you need to go on this winter:

The Historic District Of Old Quebec

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Distance from Ottawa: 4 hours and 25 minutes

Old Quebec in the winter is magical. The UNESCO World Heritage Site will make for an unforgettable winter destination where you can explore their Christmas market, and enjoy the Old World charm. While visiting make sure to head to Place Royal and Petit-Champlain to see the illuminated streets which look straight out of a Christmas movie.

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Hotel De Glace

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Distance from Ottawa: 4 hours and 30 minutes

Hotel de Glace outside of Quebec City will have you feeling like you are in the movie Frozen. The world famous hotel is built every year entirely out of ice, including the walls, beds, and even the chandeliers! For a small admission charge, you can spend the afternoon touring the spectacular rooms of the hotel and their ice bar.

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Mont Tremblant

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Distance from Ottawa: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Have the perfect winter day by hitting the slopes at Mont Tremblant. Only a short drive from Ottawa, you can spend the day skiing at Mont Tremblant, then warm up at the Pedestrian Village where you can enjoy a delicious meal and go shopping. Throughout the winter there are plenty of events taking place too, from concerts to holiday events to keep everyone entertained.

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Parc Omega

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Distance from Ottawa: 1 hour

A trip to Parc Omega is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The Canadian animal wildlife park is an hour outside of Ottawa. Here from the comforts of your warm car, you can drive around and see Canadian animals like moose, bears, and wolves. One of the best parts of Parc Omega is that you can bring carrots to feed the deer and elk.

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Gatineau Park

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Distance from Ottawa: 20 minutes

You don't need to go far to escape the city. At Gatineau Park, you can enjoy a fun-filled day in nature. Head out for the afternoon to spend a peaceful day snowshoeing or cross-country skiing through the beautiful landscape. Gatineau Park is on one of the largest networks of cross-country ski trails in North America, so you can come every weekend to try one of the 50 paths.

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Patinage En Foret

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Distance from Ottawa: 50 minutes

Head out with your friends to skate through an enchanting forest near Gatineau Park. Patinage en Forest is a 3km path through the pristine forest where you can enjoy the incredible landscape. The opening date is currently unlisted so make sure to check Patinage en Forest website for updates.

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Fulton's Pancake House And Sugar Bush

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Distance from Ottawa: 50 minutes

For a truly Canadian experience, you have to visit a sugar bush to enjoy some maple syrup. Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush is a fantastic spot to go in the winter. You can learn how the maple syrup is made, before enjoying a giant pancake breakfast topped with plenty of maple syrup. Pancake breakfasts at Fulton's begin again on February 16, 2019.

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Escapade Eskimo

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Distance from Ottawa: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Invite your best friend to go dogsledding with you this winter. Escapade Eskimo offers a memorable day going dog sledding and meeting the cute dogs. While there you can also go snowshoeing or warm up in one of their private hot tubs.

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Distance from Ottawa: 25 minutes

Spend a relaxing day at Amerispa Spa Nordique Cantley. Relax after a long week at work by alternating between the hot and cold to help improve your well-being. If you are looking to escape the cold this winter, the hot tubs and saunas at this spa will just the trick to help you warm up.

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Toronto's Historic Distillery District

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Distance from Ottawa: 4 hours and 15 minutes

This winter you need to visit Toronto's Historic Distillery District. Every winter in the Distillery District you can find Toronto's Christmas Market which is gorgeous! The market feels just like the Christmas markets in Europe, with amazing festive decor, and plenty to see and do. This year there will be over 400 free performances on the main stage of singers, bands and dancers.

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