It's officially wintertime again in Canada and soon enough the streets will be covered in piles of fluffy white snow with twinkly lights on every street! While some may find winter a cold and miserable season, others find it the most magical.
One of the best activities to take part in during those cold winter months is skating of course! It's the perfect way to get some exercise, spend time outdoors, and experience the true beauty this country has to offer. There's one spot in particular that you definitely have to add to your winter bucket list and it's the Patinage en Foret skating trail!
The Patinage en Foret is a stunning 3-km ice trail within a lush, snow-covered forest in Lac des Loups, Quebec! It's only a 45-minute drive from Ottawa and it's one of the most scenic open-air skateways in the country.
The trail shouldn't take you long to complete the full loop but they have 2 short-cuts so you don't have to go the full distance if you don't want to. They've also set up wooden benches along the trail for skaters to take a break along the way! It's always nice to stop and enjoy the beautiful forest scenery as well.
If you don't want to skate you can strap on some snowshoes so non-skaters can explore the stunning walking trail nearby! They also have a chalet for visitors to warm up by an outdoor fireplace with a hot cocoa in hand. You can also purchase some snacks at the chalet for anyone who wants some extra fuel before heading back out on the trail again!
For a single day of skating, it will cost $13 for adults or $39 for the entire season! If you want to rent skates while you're there it will cost $10 but they have a limited quantity so it might be safer to bring your own! They don't rent out any snowshoes so if you want to hit the walking trail you'll have to bring your own.
They're officially opening for the season on December 8th from 10 am-4 pm every day of the week until it closes in the spring! On January 18th and February 15th, the skate trail will be holding a special evening of skating where the trail will be lit up with firelit torches and you can purchase tickets ahead of time!
Check out their website for more information!