Make the most of the snowy season with the National Capital Commission (NCC) as your guide to all things #WinterCapital.

Gatineau Park— One of the largest cross-country ski networks in North America

Starting this Sunday, December 18, take full advantage of world class trails and grooming in Gatineau Park. Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or snow biking, and stop by one of our fire pits to warm up.

This year, over 22 km of trails have been added to the ski, snowshoe and winter bike network. This includes a 10-km addition to the pilot project on the Gatineau Parkway, further extending the service lane for snowshoers and snow bikers.

Users should always ensure their season or day pass is visible. Day passes can be purchased at the trailhead parking lot or online.

For an optimal Gatineau Park experience, visit our website to use our interactive map and trail guide, and to subscribe to our newsletters. Follow our social media channels for weekly winter conditions reports, trail recommendations and behind the scenes sneak peeks with our experts.

Beyond Gatineau Park in the Outaouais region, enjoy a 15-km shared trail network from Leamy Lake to Gatineau Park, thanks to a partnership with the Ville de Gatineau and the Centre de plein air du Lac-Leamy.

Plan your outings with our interactive map

With the #WinterCapital interactive map, planning a perfect winter outing is just a few clicks away. Discover 450 km of trails for walking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and snow biking as well as hills for tobogganing, including a network of urban trails in the heart of the city.

Urban trails maintained by volunteers

In partnership with the Urban Winter Trails Alliance, and thanks to their community volunteers, the NCC offers over 80 km of accessible winter trail space in the Ottawa area. These include:

  • Britannia Winter Trail Association
  • Kichi Sibi Winter Trail
  • Orleans Ski Club
  • Ottawa West Winter Trail
  • Rideau Winter Trail
  • Ski Heritage East

National Capital Greenbelt—The largest publicly owned greenbelt in the world

Explore over 150 km of trails and beautiful tobogganing hills in the National Capital Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is also home to the Log Farm, offering seasonal activities that make for a great all-ages family outing.

Winter bistro at Remic Rapids

Beginning in January 2023, stop in at the NCC Bistro at Remic Rapids Park, located next to the Nordic Village Rest Area. Warm up by the heaters and enjoy a variety of food and beverage options. Washrooms are also available at this location.

Rideau Canal Skateway—World’s largest skating rink!

The Rideau Canal Skateway is a must for those who want to fully embrace Canada’s #WinterCapital. It will open once the surface ice reaches a minimum thickness of 30 cm, which requires approximately 10 to 14 days of consecutive cold temperatures (-10 °C to -20 °C). In the meantime, Skateway fans can donate their Christmas trees to decorate the Skateway rest areas. Our team will be accepting trees until January 25 at our drop-off location on Colonel By Drive, just west of the Bronson Avenue bridge.

Once open, the best tool to find your way around the Rideau Canal Skateway is the interactive map, presented by LiUNA! See the latest ice conditions per section, locate washrooms as well as access points with stairs and universal access ramps.

Looking for more ideas?

Downtown Ottawa–Gatineau has countless walking destinations. Take time out this season for a stroll along Confederation Boulevard, which boasts beautiful lighting and heritage buildings as well as many places to dine along the way.


Media Information:

Maryam El-Akhrass   
NCC Media Relations  

Valérie Dufour
NCC Media Relations