Skate the 7.8 kilometer long Rideau Canal from one end, at Fairmont Chateau Laurier, to the other, at Dow's Lake. The Rideau Canal is the longest outdoor skating rink in the world and is the main attraction of the Winterlude festival. It is open to skaters in January and February, weather permitting. Skate rentals are available at various Silver Skates locations on the canal.
There are many ski hills just north of the capital to thrill down-hill ski enthusiasts. Cross-country skiing fans will be amazed by the opportunities in Gatineau Park, where there are almost 200 kilometers (111 miles) of groomed and track-set ski trails. Ski enthusiasts can spend the night in one of five forest cabins as part of the Hut-to-Hut program.
Watch the Ottawa Senators take on the NHL's best at the Scotia Bank Place, west of Ottawa, in Kanata. The capital's Major Junior Division hockey team, the Ottawa 67s, plays at the Ottawa Civic Centre, south of the city center, along the Rideau Canal. The Hull Olympiques play home games at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau.
Ottawa has a renowned system of bicycle pathways and parklands suitable for the whole family.
Rentals can be made by the hour or up to 30 days
Average price for a full day's rental is $20 CAD
For more information, please call RentABike at (613) 241-4140
Dow's Lake Pavilion
Dow's Lake is a small man-made lake and is part of the Rideau Canal system. It is a center of activity in Ottawa, whether it be summer or winter. Visit during the Tulip Festival in May to see thousands of spectacular tulips. In winter, skate the 7.8 km long Rideau Canal from one end, at Fairmont Château Laurier, to the other, at Dow's Lake.
Summer recreational rentals include canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, bikes and rollerblades. A full service marina is available. Winter rentals include skates, sleighs, cross country skis and snowshoes.
There are numerous opportunities for good golfing in the Ottawa area.
Fairmont Le Château Montebello has a classic Stanley Thompson-designed course (approximately one-hour drive).
- Green fees (including power cart) range from $52 to $82 CAD
- Club and shoe rentals are available
Other top-ranked Ottawa area courses include Eagle Creek, the region's finest golf course
- Green fees are $70 CAD
- Golf carts, clubs and lessons are available
Loch March Public Golf & Country Club
- Green fees are $55 CAD (18 holes) and $30 CAD (9 holes)
- Golf carts and clubs are available
- Groups are welcome and tournaments can be organized
Please speak to the Concierge for directions, suggestions and to book tee times in advance.
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