Snow Sculptures, Skating, and Science: Family Winter Fun in Ottawa

If tobogganing, skating, and mountains of snow are essential parts of the Canadian winter experience, where better to experience these than in our nation’s capital? Besides putting on one of North America’s premier winter festivals, Winterlude, Ottawa has enough active (and often free) outdoor activities to make your cheeks rosy as well as some educational, kid-friendly indoor fun when you’re ready to warm up.

When to go: The Winterlude Festival is held three consecutive weeks in late January and early February, on Thursday evenings, several museums have free admission

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Morning

Although technically located in Quebec, the Museum of Civilization is just a short walk across the Alexandra Bridge from Ottawa. With this location, i...

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Lunch

The Museum of Civilization has two eateries: Voyageurs Cafeteria and the more upscale Bistro Boreal....

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Afternoon

You’ll have to head 10-15 minutes south to get to this museum – but it’s definitely worth it. It’s all trains, canoes, and automobiles here. L...

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Dinner

The science museum is in the middle of nowhere, so you either have to drive back into the city for a meal…or... hit up ZaZaZa located just a few min...

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Evening

Towering spot lights illuminate this toboggan hill at the edge of Green’s Creek Conservation Area. Watch beginning snowboarders pile up snow to crea...

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For kids who aren’t prone to nightmares. Take in a haunted walk to learn about the sinister and creepy histories of some of Ottawa’s most historic...

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Accommodation

Although the Avalon features stylish and refined décor, its Ashwood Room is perfect for families. This private two-room suite occupies the entire top...

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