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In operation since 2012, Sens Rink of Dreams is a state-of-the-art-refrigerated ice skating rink. The rink comes complete with all sorts of modern amenities like heated changing facilities and bright multi-colored LED lights flooding the rink at night. Not only does the rink look magical after the sun sets, but it’s also kept quite well maintained. However, the best part is that the ice skating rink can be accessed completely free of charge. If you decide to visit this place, keep a look for the skating shows that take place quite often. Whether you are an ice-skating enthusiast yourself or simply want your kids to have some winter fun, head to this trendy ice rink, lace up your skates and get ready to have a good time. The ice rink doubles up as a community space during the off-season. Note that Sens Rink of Dreams doesn’t rent out skates, so remember to bring your own.
First built in 1872, Rideau Hall Skating Rink is a historical ice skating rink. Started by the then-governor general of Canada, Earl of Dufferin, the rink was host to many skating parties and events. The skating rink has now been restored and is open to the public every weekend from January to March. It comes with amenities like a skating hut heated with a wooden stove. Skaters can also listen to peppy music while they are skating on the ice rink. Since the skating rink is situated in the grounds of the governor-general’s house, calling ahead before deciding to make a visit is advisable.
Built between 1827 and 1832 without the aid of powered machinery, the Rideau Canal is one of Ottawa's oldest landmarks. The canal runs from the Ottawa River near Parliament Hill to Hog's Back Falls on the south end of the city. During the summer months, a wide range of vessels, including tour boats, glide along the waterway. Come winter, the canal is transformed into the "World's Longest Skating Rink" and is a hub of activity during Ottawa's Winterlude festival.
In operation since 2014, Lansdowne Park Skating Court is a refrigerated outdoor skating rink. Not only is the rink free for public use but it also comes with a few conveniences like a heated changing facility. Open everyday during the winters, the rink is the third largest ice skating facility in Ottawa. So if you are in the mood to skate, but the weather isn’t cold enough outside, you know you can always head to Lansdowne Park Skating Court to have a good time. Ice skating classes are also held at the rink, for ages four and upwards. Come summer, and the expansive skating rink is converted into basketball courts.
This large pavilion at the edge of the Canal Rideau's picturesque Dows Lake offers relaxation and recreation. Two restaurants with large patios offer casual food, drinks and a wonderful view, while a full-service marina offers fuel, pump out and slip rentals. In winter, the lake becomes part of the Canal Rideau skating rink and the pavilion rents a variety of winter sports equipment, including skates, sleighs and cross-country skis. During the summer, the marina rents canoes, paddleboats and inline skates.
Situated close to Mooney's Bay, the Mooney's Bay Park is a green respite from the chaotic and noisy city life. This public park is an ideal place to take along your family on a picnic; and everyone will surely have a great time here. With beach access, activities like swimming and boating are a common sight here especially around summertime. It is also popular for other activities like biking, nature walks and skiing. During the month of June, Mooney's Bay Park hosts the Nortel Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival.
Located in Carlington Park, is one of the many and among the oldest, sledding hills approved by the City, in Ottawa. When the snow begins to stick to the ground and forms a nice soft pillow, the first thing you must do is purchase a sled if you do not own one, and immediately head on down to this park. Grab on to your sled and whiz down the slope for a thrilling ride. An easy winter sport that is fun for all ages, a trip to Carlington Hill is one you and your family will not want to miss out on!