What to do in Ottawa: 5 cool outdoor activities to try this winter


If you can’t wait to get moving this winter, there are some fun and unique activities that the versatile reporters at CTV News Ottawa recently highlighted that you just have to try.

These activities are family and safe. Make sure to check the COVID-19 restrictions in your area before you go and have fun!

A full list of Quebec restrictions can be found here. A full list of Ontario restrictions can be found here.


It’s a bit like curling and a bit like pétanque, but it’s a sport in its own right.

Ice storage is a popular winter sport in Europe and growing in popularity here in Canada. It is played by throwing rocks across the ice at a puck-like target.

In the Kingston area, a local club will travel to the world championships next month to represent Canada on the world stage in Italy.

You can find out more about the Canadian Ice Stock Federation.

And read Kimberley Johnson’s story here.


It might be the dead of winter, but there is always something Canadian about gathering outside around a hot fire and sharing a meal.

If you’re already the outdoorsy type, you might want to try a winter patio. Restaurants in the area adapt to closed dining rooms by offering an alfresco dining experience using fireplaces, heat lamps and more.

CTV’s Dylan Dyson took a look at a few decks in the wintery region of Calabogie, Ontario, while CTV’s Jackie Perez took a look at an outdoor patio layout in Ottawa this week.

Hunter's public house


There are plenty of rinks to skate on around Ottawa – which will require reservations soon – but if you’re in the mood for a more scenic setting, there are tree-lined ice rinks that might suit your needs. fancy.

Located just outside of Metcalfe in a place called York’s Corners, the RiverOak Skating Trail is packed with winter fun where you can skate in the woods. CTV’s Peter Szperling took a look recently.

Meanwhile, the charming and peaceful Patinage en Forêt in Lac-Des-Loups, Quebec, located about 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa, offers skating through a dense landscape of spruce and balsam fir. . CTV’s Tyler Fleming took to skating in the trees.

Skating in the forest


A scavenger hunt can be a year round activity, but this winter miniature gnomes are popping up all over Ottawa that you can try to find.

You can find one with the help of the creator’s Instagram account, @findinggnomey.

They are about the size of a loonie. They are found all over town, from Kanata to Orleans, and Barrhaven and Stittsville.

You can read CTV’s Peter Szperling story about the mysterious gnomes and their equally enigmatic creator here.

Miniature gnomes


It’s a Finnish version of sledding. Scooters are becoming a popular activity this winter.

The sleds feature a wooden chair at the front and long skis at the bottom, with a handle at the top. One person stands in the back kicking to move the sled, and another can climb onto the chair.

Mad River Paddling Co. in Calabogie, Ontario. says they have received three new scooters for rent over the holidays and have already ordered more stock.

CTV’s Dylan Dyson gave them a try recently. You can see his story here.


For more winter activities, check out our list of what’s happening in Ottawa this weekend.


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