Winter seemingly lasts forever in Canada, but luckily, there are a variety of ways for you to make the most out of the snowy season. For those who live in Ottawa, Gatineau Park is a stunning winter wonderland that you can explore and now it’s just a simple bus ride away. That’s right Ottawa, Parkbus Canada recently launched an Ottawa to Gatineau pilot project and it promises to be an epic winter adventure for you and your besties.

There can't be many more beautiful places to visit right now than Gatineau Park, which transforms into a true winter wonderland at this time of year.

The bus trip will start at $28 per person, which includes the round trip as well as your ski, snowshoe, or bike passes for the park. 

Your adventure begins at the Ottawa pickup point, located at 1 George St. across from the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Departure is at 9:30 a.m., so be prepared to rise and shine. 

You will then be dropped off Relais Plein Air, where you can find bike, snowshoe, and ski rentals. There’s also change room facilities and a charming cafe here. 

Once you’re off the bus, you’re free to explore all of Gatineau Park’s beauty, just be sure to be back in time to catch the bus, which departs at 2 p.m.

Of course, you’ll want to bundle up to stay warm on your adventure. But, if you really want to feel cozy, don’t forget to pop into the Trails Cafe.

Here you can find coffee, hot chocolate, pastries, and a variety of healthy meals prepared on-site that will help you go all day long.

Keep in mind, those who plan on skiing at the park instead of snowshoeing or biking will have to pay $35 instead of the regular $28. Student discounts are also available.

Currently, the Ottawa to Gatineau trip has five scheduled dates.

The first of those is this Saturday, January 25, and that's followed by journeys on February 8, 22, 29, and March 8.

If these dates and times don’t work for you, though, don’t worry.

You can also check out Gatineau Park’s Snowshoe Under The Stars event that is sure to be just as fun, though you’ll need to arrange your own ride for that one.

Parkbus Canada Trip

Price: Starting at $28

When: Begining January 25

Address: 1 George St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Getting to Gatineau Park has never been easier or more convenient. Now there's no excuse not to experience this stunning winter wonderland. 

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