Winter Activities: Fun for the Whole FamilyKyle Peters
Most of the time once the snow starts to fall people tend to stay inside and hibernate until the spring when it starts to get warmer. Little do they know if they go out and explore the wonderful world of winter they will find that there are many fun activities you can do with your family and friends.
Skating the Rideau Canal
For a few months in the winter the rideau canal turns into the longest skating rink in the world stretching 7.8km. The canal is not only used for skating but also as a transportation highway connecting neighbourhoods throughout the city to Ottawa’s downtown core. You may think skating on a frozen canal is dangerous but for anyone to start skating there needs to be 30cm of solid ice. That 30cm can hold a 8 ton truck so you will not have to worry about falling through the ice. The skating season usually starts mid to late January and last until late February or early March.
Along the 7.8km canal there are many spots where you can stop for a snack to eat or to stop and rest in a warming hut. Skating the canal takes a lot of energy so before you start you will want to take note of where there are spots to fuel up along the way. Beaver tails are a popular snack amongst skaters of the canal. Beaver tails are a fried dough pastry you can put various toppings on ( ie chocolate, caramel, cinnamon and fruits)
Glamping in Mount Tremblant(Quebec)
The domes in Tremblant offer an amazing experience in the middle of the wilderness with an extraordinary view of the mountains. The dome is a bright 700 sqft open living space with 15-foot ceilings and a massive bay window. The dome features a kitchen area with a table for two. The bedroom has a king size bed and a fireplace! Behind the bed is a bathroom sink and toilet with a large window providing beautiful views of the surrounding nature. Outside on the deck there is a barbeque, hot tub and a sauna, the ultimate combination for relaxation.
Ice Fishing on Lake Simcoe
Take a trip to Lake Simcoe and wander on a frozen lake to experience ice fishing! Take on the frozen lake with family or friends. All you need is to dress warm, and you are ready for a day full of excitement. Equipped with a hut and fishing rod and a hole in the ice you can catch varied species of fish. Lake Simcoe is the most diverse fishing areas in the province, with species like herring, yellow perch, lake trout, whitefish and northern pike.