Once the cold weather arrives, you might want to turn on hibernation mode. But you would be missing out on these hikes around Ottawa that are even more magical in the winter.

Our city is stunning when sparkling ice crystals cover the trees. Just make sure to bundle up in a jacket and bring a mug of hot chocolate to keep you warm.

The next time you are bored and don't know what to do, why not try one of these walking trails?



Old Quarry Trail

Price: Free

Address: Eagleson Rd., Kanata, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can go snowshoeing along the 1.9-kilometre loop trail.

Pine Grove

Price: Free

Address: Pine Grove Trail, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: It is a serene spot to walk between the towering trees.

Mer Bleue

Price: Free

Address: Ridge Rd., Ottawa, ON 

Why You Need To Go: Following the short boardwalk, you can see tons of cute little birds.

Mackenzie King Estate

Price: Free

Address: MacKenzie King Rd., Chelsea, Quebec

Why You Need To Go: The snow-covered ruins look straight out of a fairytale.

Rideau Canal

Price: Free

Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to wait till Winterlude to enjoy seeing the frozen river.

Carbide Willson Ruin

Price: Free

Address: Carbide Willson Ruin, Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: No matter the season, the ruins and waterfall will take your breath away.

Dominion Arboretum

Price: Free

Address: Arboretum, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy the sights with your dog, as there is plenty of space to play.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


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