Going out can quickly get expensive, but you can have fun without opening your wallet. There are so many free things to do in Ottawa this winter.

Our snowy season has an abundance of events and activities you can enjoy without wasting your entire paycheck. From seeing holiday lights to finding the best tobogganing spot in the city, there is so much you'll want to try.

The next time you're feeling broke, make sure to try one of the suggestions below.

Skate On The Rideau Canal

Price: Free

Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: No winter is complete without visiting the world's largest skating rink at least once.

Tobogganing At Green's Creek

Price: Free

Address: Green's Creek, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Here you can race your friend to the bottom of the giant toboggan hill.

Find A Frozen Waterfall

Price: Free

Address: Hog’s Back Park, 600 Hogs Back Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: It will only take you a few minutes to reach the impressive frozen waterfall.

Have Fun At Winterlude

Price: Free

When: Friday, February 5 to Sunday, February 21, 2021

Address: Multiple locations, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Our city will transform into a winter wonderland filled with intricate sculptures made out of ice and snow.

Hike The Jack Pine Trail

Price: Free

Address: Jack Pine Trail, Moodie Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: There is a short and sweet 0.7-kilometre path through a snowy forest.

See Christmas Lights Across Canada

Price: Free

When: Monday, November 30 to Thursday, January 7

Address: Confederation Blvd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can walk under thousands of colourful lights that glow around the National War Memorial and Confederation Boulevard.

Drive Down Taffy Lane

Price: Free

Address: Taffy Ln., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can drive along Taffy Lane to see homes covered in festive lights that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Glide Across The Rink Of Dreams

Price: Free

When: From Friday, December 4

Address: 110 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON 

Why You Need To Go: You can lace up your skates and glide across the ice at this huge outdoor rink.

Explore The Twinkling Lights At Lansdowne

Price: Free

When: From Friday, November 27

Address: Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can visit the giant Christmas tree and see the stunning light displays.

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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