7 outdoor adventures you can enjoy in Ottawa

Canadians are passionate about outdoor sports. They are so passionate about them even its cities offer a generous selection of activities. The capital, Ottawa, is no exception. Here are 7 outdoor adventures available in Ottawa! 

Ice-skating along the Rideau Canal

During the winter, the famous Rideau Canal turns into the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink. Its skating surface totals 165,621 square metres, which is bigger than 105 National Hockey League rinks or more than 90 Olympic-sized hockey rinks!

When the Skateway is open (weather permitting), it’s free and accessible 7 days a week. You can find skate rentals, hot drinks and tasty snacks on the ice. 

Whitewater Rafting

Did you know that Ottawa is considered one of the best whitewater rafting destinations in the world? Sign up for the family-friendly Urban Whitewater Rafting Adventure! This urban adventure allows paddlers aged 5 to 65 to experience a 3.5-hour whitewater rafting excursion that starts at  Britannia Beach (which is only a 10-minute drive from downtown Ottawa).

Great Canadian Bungee

Just 20 minutes from Ottawa you’ll find Canada’s highest bungee jump. It’s the only place in the Americas where you can experience a 200 ft. head/body dip. The adventure park also has a 1,050 ft. long zip line and whitewater rafting. 

Skiing and snowboarding in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region

Ottawa is the gateway to some of Canada’s most iconic ski resorts, including the famous Gatineau Park. From beginner-friendly and challenging cross-country ski trails, to exciting downhill ski and snowboard centres, you’ll find something to suit all tastes and experience levels. 

If you visit in February, you’ll be able to watch the Gatineau Loppet (two major cross-country ski events).

Cycling Tours 

Ottawa is an incredible destination to explore by bike. Ottawa has a generous range of cycling experiences for the recreational rider to the serious racer, in both urban and nearby rural areas. 

One of the most popular cycling routes is the Capital Cycle Route, which is specifically designed to take cyclists past some of the city’s signature sights, on the safest paths and roadways possible. If you’re seeking a more challenging cycle, a loop of Gatineau Park will get your heart pumping. 

Skydiving over Ottawa…

There aren’t many things more thrilling than jumping out of a plane at 13,500 feet to then parachute towards earth at more than 200 km/h for almost a minute. Especially when a world-famous city lies beneath you. 

You can book yourself this skydive at Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, which is less than 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa. 

…and skydiving over the Ontario-Quebec border

New for summer 2020, Ottawa will become home to the world’s first interprovincial zip line. The close to 1,400 foot-long zip line will soar 120 feet above the Ottawa River offering riders unparalleled 360-degree views of downtown Gatineau, the iconic Chaudière Falls and the Parliament buildings.

If you want to book your own adventure to Ottawa, call our experts to find out more. All of our holidays to Canada are tailor-made and we can include attraction tickets into your package.


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