Ottawa has no shortage of winter fun, but it also makes an excellent road trip starting point if you're dying to get out of the city. Now, road trips are often associated with summer. But seriously, who wants to be trapped in a car when the sun is beaming and it’s 30 degrees out? We’d much rather escape the cold, which is why winter is the perfect time to take on one of these long winter road trips from Ottawa.
You can crank up the heat and the tunes, and put those winter tires to work. Plus, the views along the way are simply breathtaking. From snow-covered treetops to unusual ice formations, Ontario is beautiful in the depths of winter.
If you happen to call the capital home, there are so many road trips that will make you fall in love with the snowy season. With exciting Christmas adventure parks, hotels made entirely from ice, enchanting light-up villages, and enough maple syrup to satisfy the biggest sweet tooth, you can find loads of enjoyment just outside of the city limits.
So, if you're in need of an adventure, why not start planning your next winter road trip right now? Just be sure to bundle up!
Fulton's Pancake House
Price: Prices vary
When: February 15 until April 19, 2020
Address: 399 Sugar Bush Road, Pakenham, ON
Why You Need To Go: Nothing says winter in Ontario quite like a good ole' fashioned Sugar Bush. You can enjoy classic treats like hot taffy on snow, a big pancake breakfast, maple cookies, and more. You'll also have the opportunity to take a charming horse-drawn ride or walk the Maple Heritage Path. In the maple shoppe, you'll find even more goodies including a line of maple syrup beauty products.
Quebec Ice Hotel
When: Opening January 2, 2020
Address: 1860 Blvd. Valcartier Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC
Why You Need To Go: In the new year, you'll be able to visit the only hotel in North America that is made of ice. Enjoy a drink in an ice glass from inside the ice bar, check out the Great Hall, chapel, ice slide, and more. You can even spend the night in a themed suite and warm up in the outdoor sauna.
Upper Canada Village
When: Opening November 29, 2019
Address: 13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg, ON
Why You Need To Go: There's something so enchanting about how Christmas twinkle lights reflect on the pure white snow. You can witness the magic yourself at Upper Canada Village's Alight at Night event. You can marvel at the lights, ride an adorable toy train, or relax in a horse-drawn carriage ride. There are even licenced dining options available as well.
Price: Starting at $39
When: By appointment
Address: 1378 Route 301, Otter Lake, QC
Why You Need To Go: If you've never been dog sledding then you need to add it to your winter bucket list ASAP. You can travel with the most adorable dogs through a winter wonderland. You can choose a simple 2 km trip, or tough it out for a multi-day excursion. There are also snow slides, a spa, and snowshoeing trails for you to enjoy.
Price: $7 day pass
Address: Foley Mountain Lane, Westport, ON
Why You Need To Go: There are plenty of adorable small towns near Ottawa that you can road trip to, but with views like this from Foley Mountain, Westport may be one of the best. You can hike through the conservation area to Spy Rock Lookout and get a birdseye view of this charming snow-covered town.
Ian's Christmas Adventure Park
Price: Prices vary
When: November 23 until December 22
Address: 804 Richmond Rd., Beckwith, ON
Why You Need To Go: There's so much to enjoy here. From cozy campfires with free hot chocolate to lit-up toboggan hills and skating rinks, a petting zoo, tree swings, and so much more. All you need to do is purchase a Christmas tree and you can explore over 400 acres of fun.
Algonquin Provincial Park
Price: $10.84 day use
Address: Hwy 60, Whitney, ON
Why You Need To Go: Algonquin Provincial Park, like most Ontario parks, transforms into a natural winter wonderland when the snow hits. You can hike the trails with your snowshoes, enjoy an outdoor skating trail, or cuddle up for some winter camping. If you're lucky, you can find some crazy ice caves too.