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Top 10 Outdoor Attractions / Aventures de plein air à Ottawa

Top Outdoor Attractions in Ottawa

The ultimate outdoor adventure is waiting for you in Canada's Capital Region. Discover the thrills of whitewater rafting, bike along the famous Rideau Canal or enjoy a leisure walk in Gatineau Park. Be sure to include a great round of golf, where the rolling landscape along the Ottawa, Rideau and St. Lawrence Rivers make for an exceptional backdrop. When snow hits the ground, outdoor fun thrives in Ottawa, with some of the best cross-country skiing trails, the largest skateway in the world and top-rated downhill skiing sites.

Campfire at Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park

Commonly referred to as "Ottawa's Playground," this 361-square-kilometre park offers a myriad of outdoor opportunities from hiking and biking during the summer to some of the best cross-country skiing trails in the winter.

Parc Omega Entrance Sign

Parc Omega

Nature enthusiast will absolutely fall in love with this nature's paradise. Travel outside of downtown Ottawa towards Outaouais, Québec, and drive, walk or hike through Parc Oméga. As you make your way through the park, you'll see an exceptional variety of wild animals in their natural habitats.

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Choose from a variety of maze adventures and get ready for a unique water labyrinth experience. Climb aboard your paddle boat and learn about marsh environment and ecosystems as you zig-zag through a series of water intersections.

White Water Rafting

Esprit Whitewater Worldwide

Hit the river with highly trained guides and instructors and discover an incredible outdoor experience. From a leisurely canoe trip to adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting down the Ottawa River, throw yourself in Ottawa's ultimate wacky wet 'n' wild adventure.


Cycling in Ottawa

Explore the city and surrounding region by bike. Cycle along the Rideau Canal or do a little mountain biking in Gatineau Park. For the experienced cyclist, explore the winding paths of the Trans Canada Trail or the Prescott and Russell Recreational Trails.

Kayak School

Ottawa Kayak School

Choose a kayaking program that best suits your skill level and get ready for paddling fun. After some kayaking action, participate in off-water activities such as bungee jumping, rock climbing, hiking and much more.

The Marshes Golf Course

The Marshes Golf Club at Brookstreet

Venture outside of downtown Ottawa and discover the finest golf experience in the capital region, complete with a championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, spectacular outdoor settings and top quality guest facilities.

Extreme Skier

Mount Pakenham Ski Resort

During the snowy season, head to Ottawa's Mount Pakenham Ski Resort for downhill skiing and snowboarding action. The ski site also offers 20 kilometres of beautiful cross-country trails. Need a crash course in skiing? Check out the Snow School and hit the slopes with a qualified instructor.

People at Calypso Waterpark

Calypso Waterpark

Cool off at Canada's biggest and best theme waterpark and get your thrills on some of the best rides in the world. Spend some time with the whole family, shooting down the Family Twisters or the Accelerators, a 4-person toboggan boat ride.

Skier at Mont Cascades Ski Resort

Mont Cascades Ski Resort

Trade in your flip flops for a pair of skis and hit the slopes. With 20 downhill runs, you'll never be bored at Mont Cascades. Check out a variety of ski instruction programs if this is your first time on the hill. Following a day of rocking the slopes, warm up with a steaming cup of hot cocoa at the resort's restaurant.

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