March break is here! Get outdoors in the Capital Region with your family this week, and take advantage of some of the many fun activities in Ottawa and Gatineau this March Break!
Discover the Greenbelt under snow
There are over 150 km of trails available in the Greenbelt during the winter. Head out for a hike, or explore on snowshoes! The Greenbelt also offers 40 km of groomed trails with set cross-country ski tracks.
Cross-country ski — right in the city!
The SJAM Winter Trail offers a 16-kilometre groomed, multi-use trail along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.
In the east end, the Ski Heritage East multi-use winter trail runs for 9.5 km, from Green’s Creek to Trim Road.
The newly announced Rideau River Winter Trail officially opened on March 2! It runs from Hurdman Bridge to Montreal Road.
Go for a skate
The Rideau Canal Skateway is still going strong! Be sure to get out for a skate on the world’s largest skating rink before it closes for the season.
The rink at Rideau Hall is also open — until March 24. Lace up your skates and enjoy gliding around this historic rink.
Head out for an adventure in Gatineau Park — on snowshoes! There are 60 km of trails available. Pack a lunch, and stop in at one of the 10 day shelters for a bite to eat and to warm up. Passes and trail maps available here.
Head to the sugar bush
It’s maple syrup season! Visit the Log Farm in the Greenbelt to check out the sugar bush.
The Log Farm will be open weekends, from 9:30 am to 4 pm, until April 7, and daily during the Ontario March break, from March 11 to 15.
Walk a lapaca
Visit the Maple hill Urban Farm in the Greenbelt, take a farm tour and walk the lapacas (cross between a llama and alpaca) and/or goats. ($30 for up to 4 people, $5 per additional person)
Hit the toboggan hills
Some of Ottawa’s best toboggan hills are on NCC lands. Be sure to check out these hills in Ottawa over March Break:
Conroy Pit: This spot in the Greenbelt is also an off-leash dog area, so bring your pup! The hill is lit, evenings from 4 pm to 11 pm.
Bruce Pit: Another off-leash dog area in the Greenbelt. This long, wide hill is great for the whole family! The hill offers great daytime tobogganing, but is not lit at night.
Green’s Creek: This large hill has multiple slope levels, and is safely protected from the creek by an embankment. The hill is also lit in the evenings, extending the fun!