The Winter Itinerary
Rideau Canal Skateway - Day 1 (9:00 am)The 7.8 kilometre (4.8 mile) Rideau Canal Skateway is usually open each January and February, depending on weather conditions. If you don’t have your own skates, there are rental facilities (offering both skates and sleds), change huts and refreshment stands located at several main entry points to the Canal. Access to the Rideau Canal Skateway is free, but there are donation boxes along the route if you’d like to make a contribution toward its maintenance.
Rideau Canal Skateway - http://bit.ly/oTf6mZ
Tip: Ottawa’s famous Winterlude festival happens the first three weekends of every February. Winterlude features skating on the Canal, snow and ice sculptures, performances in the SnowBowl amphitheatre, family activities and events, and more.
Winterlude - http://bit.ly/oLbn3g
ByWard Market (11:00 am)298 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 1B4, Canada | (613) 562-3325Spend some time exploring and having lunch in any of Ottawa’s great Neighbourhoods. The ByWard Market offers great food, shopping and people-watching.
Sparks Street Mall35 O'Connor Street #305, Ottawa, ON K1P 5T9, Canada | (613) 230-0984Ottawa’s Sparks Street Mall provides blocks of shopping, souvenirs, jewelers and book stores.
Little Italy / Preston Street is an up-and-coming area that has all kinds of great restaurants, and is near Dows Lake and the Central Experimental Farm.
ZenKitchen (6:00 pm)634 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K4, Canada | (613) 233-6404Try out ZenKitchen – gourmet cuisine made from unique and flavourful local and organic vegetarian and whole foods. Chef Caroline Ishii trained in New York, San Francisco and Tokyo, but has returned to Ottawa to open this friendly, warmly decorated restaurant.
Mamma Grazzi's Kitchen (Youth/family-friendly option) (6:00 pm)25 George Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 1K2, Canada | (613) 241-8656[MAP IMAGE]Lat/Lng: 45.42668 , -75.69341825 George Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 1K2, Canada(613) 241-8656Mamma Grazzi’s Kitchen, in the ByWard Market, is one of Ottawa’s favourite Italian eateries. No wonder, with treats like home-made pasta, hand rolled pizzas and a fresh selection of grilled meats.
Ottawa Little Theatre (8:00 pm)400 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 7M7, Canada | (613) 233-8948Ottawa Little Theatre is Canada's oldest community theatre, and has been presenting comedies, mysteries, and dramas for almost 100 years. Operated almost exclusively by volunteers, the theatre presents up to eight productions every season.
Christmas Lights Across Canada (Early December - Early January)Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | (613) 992-4793[MAP IMAGE]Lat/Lng: 45.423857 , -75.701064Ottawa, Ontario, Canada(613) 992-4793From early-December through early-January, experience Christmas Lights Across Canada — the adornment of more than 70 landmarks including Parliament Hill, Confederation Boulevard, Confederation Square and Confederation Park, with more than 300,000 multicoloured lights.
Christmas Lights Across Canada - http://bit.ly/rj7VD6
Gatineau Park - Day 2 (9:00 am)If you enjoy outdoor activities, head north only minutes across the Ottawa River into the province of Quebec and Gatineau Park. Gatineau Park provides a network of nearly 200 kilometres (124 miles) of cross country ski trails that are regularly groomed and marked for their level of difficulty, and some offer both skate-skiing and classic cross-country. There are heated shelters in the park and the trails are patrolled for safety. Daily passes are available at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre and at the 16 parking lots with direct access to the trails.
Camp Fortune (Tip)300 CHEMIN DUNLOP, Chelsea, Québec, Canada | (819) 827-1717Prefer downhill skiing or snowboarding? Camp Fortune is located within the boundaries of Gatineau Park and offers 23 trails, 7 lifts, 3 separate ski areas and 1 Terrain Park, as well as equipment rentals, instruction, and more.
Casino du Lac Leamy (6:00 pm)1 Boul. du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3, Canada | (819) 772-2100Pick the restaurant to suit your mood at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau: Le Baccara (the best in five-diamond dining) or the more casual Banco Buffet.
8:00 pm: The Casino du Lac-Leamy offers slot machines, blackjack, and a variety of poker games, among many other options. If gaming isn’t for you, there is always great entertainment at the Théâtre du Casino, which now offers dinner and show options.
Ferme Rouge Showtime Restaurant (Youth/family-friendly option) (6:00 pm)1957 Highway 148, Masson-Angers, QC J8M 1P3, Canada | (819) 986-7013[MAP IMAGE]Lat/Lng: 45.517644 , -75.5159041957 Highway 148, Masson-Angers, QC J8M 1P3, Canada(819) 986-7013The Ferme Rouge Showtime Restaurant is located 20 minutes from Parliament Hill in Gatineau, and offers a unique blend of delicious food and great entertainment. Shows feature the sensational voices and superb choreography of the restaurant’s dynamic servers.
Canadian Museum Of Civilization - Day 3 (9:00 am)100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC J8X 4G1, Canada | (819) 776-7000The Canadian Museum of Civilization is Ottawa’s most visited museum. The building itself is spectacular, with its curving forms and breath-taking interiors such as the Grand Hall.
Tip: The museum also houses the Canadian Children’s Museum—one of the most fun places in the region—so there’s plenty to see and do before lunch.
Lone Star Texas Grill (ByWard Market, St-Laurent, in Kanata and on Baseline Road in the western part of the city) (12:30 am)128 George Street, Ottawa, K1N 9N9, Canada | (613) 562-9865[MAP IMAGE]Lat/Lng: 45.427772 , -75.689839
Lone Star Texas Grill (ByWard Market, St-Laurent, in Kanata and on Baseline Road in the western part of the city)128 George Street, Ottawa, K1N 9N9, Canada(613) 562-9865The Lone Star Texas Grill is a great restaurant for families or adults looking for tasty casual fare and friendly service. With four locations in Ottawa (ByWard Market, St-Laurent, in Kanata and on Baseline Road in the western part of the city), you’re sure to find fajitas, margaritas, nachos and other great Tex Mex treats only minutes away.
Midway Family Fun Park (2:00 pm)2370 Lancaster Road, Ottawa, ON K1B 3W9, Canada | (613) 526-0343Travelling with kids or teens? Then the Midway Family Fun Park is the place for you with indoor golf, bumper cars and a climbing wall.
Laser Quest1800 Saint Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa, ON, Canada | (613) 526-4000All ages of kids will also have a great time at Laser Quest – an interactive adventure game for ages 5 to 85. This high tech combination of tag and hide-and-seek is played in a multi-level arena with specialty lighting, fog and heart-pounding music.
Ottawa Senators (September - April) (5:30 pm)1000 Palladium Dr, Kanata, ON K2V 1A4, Canada | (613) 592-4794In town from September through April? Then the Ottawa Senators’ season is underway and they might just be in town. Check out the Sens schedule, and visit Capital Tickets website to reserve your Ottawa Senators’ hockey tickets. The Sens play a 41-game schedule and are one of the premier teams in the National Hockey League.
Tip: If the Sens are out of town during your visit, it’s still worth a visit to www.capitaltickets.ca, who also sell tickets to the myriad events held at Scotiabank Place, including music concerts, family shows, monster trucks, basketball, tradeshows, wrestling, skating events and more.
Ottawa Senators - http://bit.ly/pfpPkN
Sens schedule - http://bit.ly/nNbsIj
Capital Tickets website - http://bit.ly/nGQgz3
Scotiabank Place - http://bit.ly/qkVmfE
- total distance: 68 miles (109 km)