The Longest Skating Trail Around Ottawa Will Have You Gliding Through A Winter Wonderland

Over 5 kilometres of wintry magic! ❄️⛸

Ottawa Staff Writer
The Longest Skating Trail Around Ottawa Will Have You Gliding Through A Winter Wonderland

There is a relatively new skating trail only 25 minutes from downtown Ottawa and it will have you gliding through nature.

Le Sentier Du Petit Pingouin winds through a golf course and is 5.2 kilometres long, making it the longest ice trail in the area.

The Largest Skating Trail In The Ottawa Region Has You Glide Through A Winter Wonderland Courtesy of Le Sentier Du Petit Pingouin

This beautiful outdoor trail passes pine trees that look extra magical with a layer of snow. It first opened in January 2021 and is now open for the second season of the man-made skating path.

There are shortcut options through the trail — you can skate any distance from 0.5 kilometres to 5.2 kilometres, or even longer if you loop around again.

The skating trail is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there are some special Saturdays when they are open until 9 p.m. for headlamp skating. Bring your own light or rent one for $5.

The entrance fee is $20 per adult, with special access passes and season passes available for purchase. Warm up post-skate with a bite from their snack shack by a large crackling fire.

Le Sentier Du Petit Pingouin

Price: $20 per person

When: Open December 26, 2021

Address: 312 Chemin Taché, Gatineau, QC

Why You Need To Go: You can skate through nature on a man-made ice trail on a golf course. It's only 25 minutes from downtown Ottawa and is the largest skating trail in the region, at a length of 5.2 kilometres.


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