CTVNewsOttawa.ca takes a look at things to do in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec during the first weekend of February.
As a reminder, the Freedom Convoy demonstration in downtown Ottawa closed several streets, museums and businesses.
Also, check the current COVID-19 restrictions in each province before you go this weekend.
A full list of Quebec restrictions can be found here. A full list of Ontario restrictions can be found here.
RIDEAU CANAL SKATING RINK
The green flag continues to fly on the Rideau Canal Skateway.
You can skate the 7.8 kilometers on the world’s largest ice rink between the National Arts Center and Hartswell Locks.
The NCC recommends people wear a mask or face covering on the rink, while masks will be mandatory in restrooms and in concession stand lines.
All locker rooms and foyers will remain closed this winter due to public health measures related to COVID-19.
Some Ottawa museums have reopened now that Ontario is in the first stage of the three-stage COVID-19 reopening plan.
The Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of History and the National Gallery of Canada are closed this weekend due to the ongoing protest in downtown Ottawa .
Visit each museum’s website for more information.
Ottawa Arts Court is also closed this weekend due to the protest.
Ottawa’s refrigerated outdoor rinks are open for skating this weekend.
Ice Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall
Lansdowne Park Skating Rink
Skating rink Place Ben Franklin
Jim Tubman Chevrolet Ice Rink
Residents must make reservations at ottawa.ca/skating to skate at all four rinks during peak times.
For a list of City of Ottawa outdoor rinks, visit https://ottawa.ca/en/recreation-and-parks/skating/outdoor-rinks.
OUTDOOR SKATING RINKS IN THE REGION
Gatineau has 82 outdoor rinks available. For more information, visit the Gatineau website
The Springer Market Square skating rink in the City of Kingston is open. For information on other rinks in Kingston, visit the city’s website
ICE RINK CURTAIN HALL
The Rideau Hall rink is open for skating.
Reservations are required to enjoy public skating on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information on reservations, visit https://www.gg.ca/en/visit-us/rideau-hall/what-see-and-do/skating-rink
ICELYND SKATING TRAILS
Come skate on Ottawa’s newest outdoor rink, hosted by former Senators forward Chris Neil and his friends in Ottawa West.
Icelynd Skating Trails and Outdoor Skating Rink is located on Fernbank Road, just minutes from Stittsville.
Skate the forest trails this weekend. Passes must be purchased in advance.
For more information, visit icelynd.com.
RIVEROAK – NATURE’S PLAYGROUND
Skate through an orchard, forest and meadows on the RiverOak Winter Trails on York’s Corners Road in Ottawa.
If you don’t want to skate, RiverOak also offers snowshoeing and hiking trails.
For more information, visit https://www.riveroak.ca/skating.
THE LITTLE PENGUIN TRAIL
Little Penguin Trail is an outdoor skating rink set up on the Golf de Touraine.
Located just 25 minutes from downtown Ottawa on Chemin Taché in Gatineau, come skate on more than 5 kilometers of icy trails surrounded by nature.
A daily pass starts at $15.
For more information visit https://thelittlepenguintrail.com/
Countryside Adventures offers you a three kilometer skate through the woods.
There are also three kilometers of snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, as well as a tubing track.
Countryside Adventures is located at 16495 Sixth Rd. in Moose Creek, 45 minutes north of downtown Ottawa.
For more information, visit https://www.countrysideadventures.ca/.
You are invited to skate in the forest 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa.
Discover the enchanting site of skating in the forest at Patinage en Forêt in Lac-Des-Loups, Que.
Proof of vaccination and photo ID are required to access Patinage en Forêt. The cost is $18 for adults and $14 for children.
For more information, visit https://www.patinageenforet.com/en/.
ACTIVE TRANSPORT ON THE PARKWAY
Queen Elizabeth Driveway will be open to active transportation this weekend.
The NCC closes a section of Queen Elizabeth Driveway from Fifth Avenue to Somerset Street to vehicles Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
For more information, visit the National Capital Commission website.
A winter wonderland awaits you in Gatineau Park this weekend.
You can practice cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking and winter hiking.
For more information and winter passes to access the park, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/gatineau-parkhttps://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/gatineau -park
WINTER TRAILS IN OTTAWA
Over 100 kilometers of trails are maintained in Ottawa for winter recreational activities.
The National Capital Commission invites you to go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking and walking. Access is free.
Locations include the Mer Bleue Conservation Area and the Rideau Winter Trail along the Rideau River.
For more information on winter trails in Ottawa, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/groomed-multi-use-winter-trails
MOONEY’S BAY SKI CENTER
Mooney’s Bay Ski Center at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility features 5 kilometers of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, including lighted trails for night skiing.
For more information, visit https://ottawa.ca/en/recreation-and-parks/sports#mooneys-bay-ski-centre
PINHEY FOREST TRAILS
You can take a winter hike on two trails in the Pinhey Forest in the city of Ottawa.
Year-round parking access available behind the Nepean Sportsplex.
For more information visit https://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/index.php?url=trails/view/pinhey-forest-trails
Ski resorts are open in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Visit each station’s website for details.
OTTAWA FARMERS MARKET
The Ottawa Farmers Market Winter Market is open every Sunday at Lansdowne Park.
The market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Aberdeen Pavilion.
FRIDAYS ON THE FOURTH
The National Arts Center presents Fridays at the Fourth with Joyce N’sana.
Enjoy a free Facebook Live concert with Joyce N’sana on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
For more information, visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/30327
The National Arts Center is closed this weekend due to the ongoing protest in downtown Ottawa.
OTTAWA FIRE VIRTUAL TOURS
The Ottawa Fire Service invites you to virtually visit two fire stations.
The service has partnered with a local videographer to create two high-quality virtual tours of Barracks 53 in Orléans and Barracks 73 in Vars.
The virtual tours of the stations are in English with French subtitles.
For Station 53, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx6dyMNVkLE
For Station 73, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3hqBTnW29k
WALKING TOUR RECONCILING HISTORY
The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada invites you to join a self-guided Reconciling History walking tour.
“Each point of interest is an opportunity to learn more about the role of non-Indigenous peoples and the federal government in residential schools, and the lessons we can learn from history to address contemporary injustices experienced by Indigenous peoples. native people,” the company said.
For more information, visit https://fncaringsociety.com/reconciliation-walking-tours.
Parc Oméga is open in Montebello, Quebec.
For more information, visit https://www.parcomega.ca/fr/.
Feed the tits
On a family winter hike, feed the chickadees.
You can find chickadees at Stony Swamp Conservation, Mud Lake Conservation and Mer Bleue.
For more information visit https://ottawariverlifestyle.com/blogs/news/where-to-feed-chickadees-in-ottawa