Fun family winter activities in Ottawa in January

Fun family winter activities in Ottawa in January

In January, we are back to online schooling and looking for more and more ways to get the kids outside, move around or at least maybe offer a little distraction from the virtual school. We know families are looking for winter activities in Ottawa to do as a family in January and beyond. Here are some ways to spend time together, even during the coldest winter days.

Lace up your skates

Even with outdoor restrictions, many ice rinks across the city are open for ice skating, especially when the weather gets colder. If the dip in temperature remains, the Rideau Canal should also welcome guests soon! Outdoor skating is one of the best winter activities in Ottawa. Find a list of ice rinks and places here (including exciting places like skating through the woods!)

feed the animals

Parc Omega stays open even in the winter months to feed moose and deer carrots, see boars and foxes from a long distance and even skate on their ice rink when available. Other winter activities include walking the trails, seeing the wolf sighting area and touching! Bring your own carrots to save time, and enjoy all the animals in the park. Tickets are available online.

Create a Staycation

Ottawa is a tourist destination, but residents can create their own living options this winter. Whether you want to plan a specific vacation to skate on the canal, or just get away from your everyday life, we have created a mini vacation route with winter activities in Ottawa that families can enjoy right in their own city. Some of the options may need to be put on hold during closures, but this winter you will be able to plan your own fun family vacation right here in Ottawa.

Go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing

Did you discover snowshoes under your Christmas tree, or is skiing a family tradition? There are many trails around Ottawa to explore. Visit the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority website for a list of trails you can check out. If you need to rent equipment, or even take lessons, Mooney’s Bay Ski Center offers drop-in activities, lessons and trails (including lighted trails at night!).

Get excited about Snow-Tubing

Take a drive to Le Domaine de L’Ange Guardien in Quebec for a day of Snow-Tubing! Bring your own helmet or rent one and get ready for some exciting fun down their 8 different roller coasters with tubes that come in different sizes. The runners are also informed until kl. 21 at night! Tickets need to be purchased online and there are some restrictions and reminders in place with important information you need to know before you go. Kids of all ages, and the young at heart, will love this activity!

Look for the birds

Going on a winter trail hike in Ottawa means you too can become an amateur bird. Along some trails you may discover a number of our feathered friends, including chickadees, who are often quite daring (and may even come up to greet you). Not sure where to go? NCC has trails throughout Ottawa. Check out the Jack Pine Trail with three different loops (a short, medium and long option) or Mer Bleue with the beautiful boardwalk and over 20km of trails.

Spend time in the kitchen together

If the weather is miserably cold outside, or you just want to enjoy yourself inside, now is a good time to break out of your old family recipes or try something new. Kids often love helping in the kitchen, so making hearty winter meals together is the perfect activity. Try these slow cooker recipes that you can make and forget about until it’s time to eat (which gives you plenty of time to play a board game or a game of Mario Kart together while you wait), or after you having played outside, make this hot chocolate recipe with just four ingredients.

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