There is a general consensus that winters in Canada are a drag, to say the least; this usually leaves many people planning an extra sunny getaway mid-winter to soak up some vitamin D and retreat from all the worries of their world to relax and unwind in a care-free environment. While this tropical scene was once all the rage for vacation goers, Winter Staycations are quickly becoming a popularized choice for many people, both singles and families. Instead of the mounds of time spent planning, packing, and the heavy bill that comes with trips abroad, people are finding that they feel more rejuvenated when they stay closer to home and enjoy their surroundings that typically go unnoticed. Fortunately, Ottawa and the surrounding area are hosts to an abundance of must-do, must-see attractions available to ensure that you have a list of options to choose from to help keep you and your family entertained if you opt for a staycation this winter. Here is a list of just some of the things you can do while staying close to home during this cold-weather season.


The Rideau Canal 

While this chart-topper may be an obvious addition, skating on The World’s Largest Skating Rink is a definite must-do if you have the time for it this winter. Why not challenge yourself or your family to skate the entire 7.2 Kilometers of ice, if you’re up for it!


Parc Omega

If you’re looking to get away and see something truly out of the ordinary, check out Parc Omega and enjoy the animals that occupy the winters there, and partake in hiking, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides, all free of cost! 



If you’re staycationing in February, checking out Winterlude is a definite must. With three weeks of events taking place, you are sure to enjoy yourself while staying close to home. 


Skating Through The Forest 

If you have “been there, done that” with the Rideau Canal Skateway and are looking to try something new, why not head on over to Gatineau and Skate Through the Forest! With impeccable skating paths that wind through 3 kilometres of forest trails, as well as room for snowshoeing and hiking for the under-confident skaters, this rink is sure to provide a fun-filled time for all. 


Nordik Spa

Why not trade in that $1500 dollar all-inclusive and indulge yourself in a day or two (or three) at the Nordik Spa? Really practice your self-care this week with a package that has you leaving feeling like a brand new you in 2020. 


The Andaz Hotel

Take in the beautiful Ottawa scenery, or have a romantic night out watching the sunset at the Andaz Hotel in the Byward Market. The hotel offers fine-dining, drinks, and a breathtaking view from their rooftop patio. 


Le Domaine Snow Tubing

Maybe your not the most graceful person on a set of skis? Why not try snow tubing at Le Domaine, just outside of Gatineau? They have a lift similar to those at ski hills to bring you back once you slide and glide your way down, and offer many more activities to keep everyone busy for the day!


Try out a Museum

Ottawa is home to a wide assortment of museums that offer great displays, educational experiences, and fun for everyone! If you’re committing to a staycation this winter, why not set aside some time to head to a museum that you have been meaning to check out, or that piques your interest. 


Staying home this winter can save you money, and give you actual time to rest and rejuvenate while providing you with as little or as much entertainment as you desire. Hop on the Staycation bandwagon this year and take full advantage of this beautiful city and see all it has to offer, you will not be disappointed.