Now that spring is finally on the horizon, many of us are already dreaming of long summer days by the lake, cold cocktails on the patio, and the warm sun beating down on our faces. However, before we officially say goodbye to winter, there’s a few little things to cross off our seasonal bucket list. If you haven’t seen one of these frozen waterfalls near Ottawa yet, they’re even more breathtaking than you’d imagine!

While you might think that chasing waterfalls is only a summer activity, many of these local falls are actually just as spectacular during the winter months.

These Ottawa wonders transform from thriving and green, to icy and mystical, and they look like a scene straight out of Frozen!

Whether you’re looking for a wintery hike, or simply want to add a little frosty magic to your Instagram game, these stunning waterfalls are just as awe-inspiring now as they are when it's warm outside

As incredible as these scenes can be, it is sometimes difficult to walk in the snow and slush, so always be extra careful when exploring during the winter.

Before you head to any frozen waterfall, check the local and most current safety precautions, and always tell somebody else where you’re going.

Before you bid a final farewell to the icy season, don’t forget to go out and give Ottawa’s frozen waterfalls a little bit of winter loving!

Hog's Back Falls

Price: Free

Address: Hog's Back Road, Colonel By Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Located where the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal split, these falls are pretty inspiring in every season. When they’re frozen and snow-covered though, they look extra magical.


Chutes de Plaisance

Price: From $6

Address: 100 Malo Rd., Plaisance, QC

Why You Need To Go: This short 2km hike will provide you with some truly awe-inspiring views, that are even better during the cold months! While you should check opening hours during the winter, this scenic walk is worth planning ahead for.


Moulin Wakefield Mill

Price: Free

Address: 60 Chemin Mill, Wakefield, QC

Why You Need To Go: These falls, which flow directly from the Gatineau River, are located just beside the Moulin Wakefield Mill. While they're only small, the beautiful surroundings make this the most idyllic spot for a frosty date-day.


Wilson Carbide Mill

Price: Free

Address: Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: The abandoned Carbide Wilson historical ruin has an impressive waterfall running past it, and it gets all the more mystical and mysterious in the winter.

Access is limited during the off-season, but according to Outdoor Ottawa it’s still possible to visit on cross-country skis.


Rideau Falls Park

Price: Free

Address: 50 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Rideau Falls becomes even more special when the river starts to freeze over. If you've seen the falls many times during the summer, why not explore it during the winter for a totally different experience?


Chaudière Falls

Price: Free

Address: Parc des Chutes de la Chaudiere, Levis, QC

Why You Need To Go: As one of Ottawa’s most remarkable natural landmarks, these falls only get better when the snow comes in. For a true winter wonderland experience, look no further!


Chutes Coulonge

Price: From $8

Address: 100 Promenade Du-Parc-des-Chutes, Mansfield-et-Pontefract, QC

Why You Need To Go: These majestic falls look all the more wonderful when coated in a thick layer of snow. Where could be better for that one-of-a-kind wintery Instagram shot?


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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