Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

CTVNewsOttawa.ca is looking at activities to do in Ottawa, eastern Ontario and western Quebec under Ontario’s modified step 2 restrictions.

Check the applicable COVID-19 restrictions in each province before setting off this weekend.

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

SKATEWAY CHANNEL CURTAIN

The green flag is waving on the world’s largest ice rink.

All 4.8 miles of the Rideau Canal Skateway is open between the National Arts Center and Hartswell Locks.

NCC recommends people wear a mask or face mask while on the skateway, while masks will be mandatory on restrooms and in queues at concession stands.

All changing facilities and campfire sites will remain closed this winter due to COVID-19 public health measures.

Rideau Canal Skateway

ACTIVE TRANSPORT ON PARKWAY

If you do not want to go ice skating, you can walk, run or bike along Queen Elizabeth Driveway this weekend.

NCC closes part of Queen Elizabeth Driveway from Fifth Avenue to Somerset Street for vehicles Saturday and Sunday between 6 p.m. 9.00 and 17.00

For more information, visit the National Capital Commission’s website.

ICE SKATING

You can take a skate on one of Ottawa’s outdoor cooling lanes.

Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall

Lansdowne Park Skating Rink

Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink

Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink

Residents must book reservations at ottawa.ca/skating to skate on the four ice rinks during peak periods.

For a list of outdoor ice rinks in the city of Ottawa, visit https://ottawa.ca/en/recreation-and-parks/skating/outdoor-rinks.

OUTDOOR RINKS IN EACH REGION

  • Gatineau has 82 outdoor ice rinks available. For more information, visit Gatineau’s website

  • The town of Kingston’s Springer Market Square Rink is open. For information on other skating rinks in Kingston, visit the city’s website

ICELYND SK√ėTESTIER

Former Ottawa Senators striker Chris Neil and his friends invite you to skate on Ottawa’s latest outdoor skating rink.

Icelynd Skating Trails and Outdoor Skating Rink are located on Fernbank Road, just minutes outside of Stittsville.

Jog through the trails in the woods this weekend. Passports must be purchased in advance.

For more information, visit icelynd.com.

Icelynd Skating Trails

RIVEROAK – NATURE’S PLAYGROUND

Skate through an orchard, forest and meadows at RiverOak Winter Trails on York’s Corners Road in Ottawa.

If you do not want to skate, RiverOak also offers snowshoe and hiking trails.

For more information, visit https://www.riveroak.ca/skating.

RiverOak Skating Path

ADVENTURE in the countryside

Countryside Adventures offers you a three mile ice skate through the woods.

There are also three kilometers of snowshoe and cross-country trails along with a snake hill.

Countryside Adventures is located at 16495 Sixth Rd. in Moose Creek, 45 minutes north of downtown Ottawa.

For more information, visit https://www.countrysideadventures.ca/.

Rural adventures

THE LITTLE PENGUIN STYLE

Discover the Little Penguin Trail, an outdoor ice rink built at the Touraine Golf Club.

Located just 25 minutes from downtown Ottawa on the Chemin Tache in Gatineau, enjoy ice skating on over 5 kilometers of icy trail in the middle of nature.

A day pass starts at $ 15.

For more information, visit https://thelittlepenguintrail.com/

Little penguin

FORESTRY

Treasure through the woods 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa.

Experience the enchanting place to skate in the woods at Patinage en Foret in Lac-Des-Loups, Que.

Proof of vaccination and photo ID are required to access Patinage en Foret. The price is $ 18 for adults and $ 14 for children.

For more information, visit https://www.patinageenforet.com/en/.

Ice skating in the woods

GATINEAU PARK

Fresh snow awaits you this weekend in Gatineau Park.

You can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow cycling and winter hiking.

For more information and winter passes to access the park, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/gatineau-parkhttps://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/gatineau-park

WINTER TRAILS IN OTTAWA

Over 100 kilometers of trails have been prepared in Ottawa for winter activities.

The National Capital Commission invites you to go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, cycling and walking. Admission is free.

Locations include the Mer Bleue Conservation Area and the Rideau Winter Trail along the Rideau River.

For information on winter trails in Ottawa, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/groomed-multi-use-winter-trails

MOONEY’S BAY SKI CENTER

The Mooney’s Bay Ski Center at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility offers 5 miles of groomed cross-country trails, including lighted night skis.

For more information, visit https://ottawa.ca/en/recreation-and-parks/sports#mooneys-bay-ski-centre

PINHEY Forest trails

You can go on a winter hike on two trails in the Pinhey Forest in the city of Ottawa.

Year-round parking access available behind the Nepean Sportsplex.

For more information, visit https://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/index.php?url=trails/view/pinhey-forest-trails

SKIING

Ski resorts are open across eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Visit each resort’s website for details.

OTTAWA LANDMANDSMARKED

The Ottawa Farmers Market Winter Market is open every Sunday in Lansdowne Park.

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Aberdeen Pavilion.

THE AUTHOR’S ROAD BY RICHELIEU VANIER FOREST

Museoparc presents the author’s path in the Richelieu Vanier forest.

Let yourself be seduced by the authors’ pens – builders of the French-Ontarian identity.

“Our trail is dedicated to the male and female writers of novels, poetry, theater, and folklore who have shaped the cultural heritage of French Ontario,” Museoparc said, noting that no less than 30 writers are hiding in the woods.

Admission is free, while a guided tour costs $ 5.

For more information, visit https://museoparc.ca/the-museum/the-authors-path/.

OTTAWA FIRE VIRTUAL TOURS

The Ottawa Fire Service invites you to virtually visit two fire stations.

The service has teamed up with a local videographer to create two high-quality virtual station tours at Fire Station 53 in Orleans and Fire Station 73 in Vars.

The virtual station tours are in English with French subtitles.

Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx6dyMNVkLE for Station 53

For Station 73, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3hqBTnW29k

UNITING HISTORY HIKING

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada invites you to take a self-guided hike to reconciling history.

“Every point of interest is an opportunity to learn about the role that indigenous peoples and the federal government play in schools, and the lessons we can learn from history to address contemporary injustices that indigenous peoples are experiencing,” the community said.

For more information, visit https://fncaringsociety.com/reconciliation-walking-tours.

FRIDAY AT FOURTH

The National Arts Center presents Fridays at the Fourth with Matt Boudreau.

Enjoy a Facebook Live concert with Matt Boudreau on Friday at 20.30

For more information, visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/29931.

MUSEUMS

Museums in Ottawa are closed, while Ontario is in a modified phase two. The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau is also currently closed.

Visit each museum’s website for information.

OMEGA PARK

Parc Omega is open in Montebello, Que.

For more information, visit https://www.parcomega.ca/en/.

FEED THE COOLERS

While out on a family winter hike, you can feed the chickadees.

You can find chickadees at Stony Swamp Conservation, Mud Lake Conservation and Mer Bleue.

For more information, visit https://ottawariverlifestyle.com/blogs/news/where-to-feed-chickadees-in-ottawa

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