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Find out why Ottawa is the ultimate hotspot in winter.

Ottawa is a bucket list winter destination with experiences like nowhere else. Skate alongside locals past Parliament Hill on the world’s coolest rink, the Rideau Canal. The 7.8 kilometre skateway is the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world, extending from downtown Ottawa to Dows Lake.

Cheer like a local at an NHL hockey game and tour the halls where the governing of the nation takes place. Guided visits are offered in the West Block and the Government Conference Centre while Center Block is renovated.

Discover national treasures at museums, like the Canadian Museum of History and sample a quintessential Canadian culinary treat – the Beavertail. These decadent deep fried dough pastries are topped off with cinnamon, sugar, chocolate or maple butter.

Special events throughout the season like Winterlude or Lights Across Canada make your visit unforgettable.

Head to the hills just west of the city for slopes that cater to everyone, from bunny slopes to adrenalin pumping runs at Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort. Their Adaptive Ski Program provides ski opportunities for guest of all abilities.

Find dining, shopping and attractions options, plus great getaway packages at Ottawa Tourism. Add on a detour to Morrisburg during the annual Alight at Night Festival to experience a heritage village transformed into a winter wonderland.

Outside view of Calabogie Peaks Hotel during the winter
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Calabogie Peaks Resort
30 Barrett Chute Road,
Calabogie, ON K0J 1H0
Calabogie Peaks Resort is a four season country resort located one hour from Ottawa where nature provides a glorious backdrop for unforgettable memories. The resort includes a boutique hotel, 1-3 bedroom condo suites, Canthooks Restaurant and limitless activities on the mountain, lake and land. Canadiana furnishings, menus with local produce and Ontario wines and beers are waiting for... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (613) 752-2720
Toll Free: (800) 669-4861
waving mascot, woman and child on a ski lift
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Mount Pakenham Ski Centre
577 Ski Hill Road,
Pakenham, ON K0A 2X0
Mount Pakenham is Eastern Ontario's premier family ski, snowboard and tubing area with two of the newest lifts in the region. We offer a wonderful winter experience for you and your family, and a friendly atmosphere where kids feel welcome. New to skiing? Learning couldn't be easier with our low cost Discover Programs that include instruction, equipment and a lift ticket. The "winter spirit"... More Info
Open: Dec 1 to Mar 31
Phone: (613) 624-5290
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
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Fairmont Château Laurier
1 Rideau Street,
Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7
Reflecting the confidence, dignity and style of Ottawa, Fairmont Château Laurier stands as a testament to this dynamic, thriving city. Located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings, the ByWard Market and the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the landmark Fairmont Château Laurier is a magnificent limestone edifice with masonry reminiscent of a French... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (613) 241-1414
Toll Free: (800) 441-1414
Parliament of Canada - Tours
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Parliament of Canada - Tours
111 Wellington St.,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Visit the centre stage of Canadian democracy! Free guided tours are available daily, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of 10 or more must reserve in advance by calling (613) 996-0896. Don’t forget to visit the Peace Tower, Memorial Chamber, and Parliamentary Boutique and catch the stirring Changing of the Guards during the summer at 10am. Please note that tours may be ... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (613) 992-4793
Toll Free: (866) 599-4999
Gray scale close-up of oysters
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The Whalesbone Oyster House
430 Bank Street,
Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y8
The Whalesbone on Bank Street is the best offer of oysters and fish in Ottawa in an intimate, lively space. The menu changes seasonally, come check us out! More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (613) 231-8569
Outside view of the Canadian Tire Centre
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Canadian Tire Centre
1000 Palladium Drive,
Kanata, ON K2V 1A5
The greatest games. The biggest shows. The best times in the nation’s capital happen here. Take an in-depth look at Ottawa-Gatineau’s world-class entertainment venue. The arena is primarily used for ice hockey, serving as the home arena of the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators since its opening in 1996, and as a temporary home for the OHL's Ottawa 67's during renovations at its arena.... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (613) 599-0300
Toll Free: (800) 444-7367
English muffin with egg and bacon
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Flapjacks Pancake Shack in the Glebe
809 Bank Street,
Ottawa, ON K1S 2L1
On the surface, Flapjacks Pancake Shack in the Glebe is an "All Day Breakfast Shack". Dig a little deeper and customers begin to understand that Flapjacks is much more than a great place to eat, it is a place to enjoy a comforting experience with friends and family. Enjoy custom pancakes, panwiches (pancake sandwiches), breakfasts, and lots of bacon. Visit us in 'the Glebe', one of Ottawa's... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (613) 355-2927
Exterior view of the Canadian Museum of History
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Canadian Museum of History
100 Laurier Street,
Ottawa/Hull, ON K1A 0W8
Breathtaking setting. Majestic architecture. Fascinating exhibitions. Welcome to Canada's national museum of history, exploring this country's rich cultural heritage, including the outstanding achievements of First Peoples. As of July 1, visit the Canadian History Hall, our new signature exhibition, where evidence of the past tells a tale as vast and varied as the land itself. Explore Canada's ... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (819) 776-7000
Toll Free: (800) 555-5621
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ByTown Museum
1 Canal Lane,
Ottawa, ON K1P 5P6
Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the BYTOWN MUSEUM explores the stories of an evolving city and its residents from its early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa. The Museum is located at the Rideau Canal’s Ottawa locks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, between Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel — one of the most picturesque sites in the city. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (613) 234-4570
People skating on the Rideau Canal
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Rideau Canal Ottawa - Skateway
Rideau Canal,
Ottawa, ON K1P 1C7
The Rideau Canal is a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals winding 202 km from Kingston, at the head of Lake Ontario, to Ottawa, Canada's capital city. One of Canada's historic canals, the Rideau is maintained and operated by Parks Canada to preserve and present the canal's natural and historic features, as well as to provide a navigable channel for boaters. In the winter, come out and... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (613) 239-5000
ByWard Market
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ByWard Market
55 ByWard Market Square,
Ottawa, ON K1N 9C9
Join some friends for brunch, lunch or dinner, and then hit the shops for the highest quality food products, fashions and cutting edge trends. See and be seen until the wee hours at one of our hip nightspots. Morning, noon and night the ByWard Market has something just for you. Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets.... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (613) 562-3325