Exploring Ottawa this Winter


Learning Logger Rita
Cognitive Science


Winter: while the word might instill nerves amongst most of us, it provides lots of opportunities to enjoy the city of Ottawa, especially if you’re a student. When it comes to having a staycation, there’s no better place to be than the nation’s capital.

Museums: We’ve all heard that the Canada Science and Technology Museum has reopened, so why not take the opportunity this break to stop by and visit the exhibits, such as the new-and-improved Crazy Kitchen? If you missed the Butterfly Show held this October on campus, the Canadian Museum of Nature is holding a live butterfly exhibit – and are even introducing a new Escape Room! The Canadian War Museum is also hosting an exhibit that features women photographers across the world, and the National Art Gallery has brought back their Canadian Biennial for another year, featuring artists from across Canada and beyond.

These are just some of the many, many museums and exhibits that are right here in the city, and the best part? Many of our museums have free admission for part of their exhibits on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm, and some have free admission for students everyday. With offers like that, there’s no reason not to discover something new this winter.

Sports: Hockey is a Canadian pastime and a dedicated winter sport – so if you’re a hockey fan, Ottawa is a great place to be this winter! The city is host to a multitude of games like the Scotiabank NHL100 Classic with the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. On a student budget, the Ottawa 67’s are hosting the Gatineau Olympiques outdoors too!

Winter attractions: You might have heard that the Rideau Canal Skateway is the largest natural skating rink in the world, which makes it a must-visit in the winter. Visiting the Canal is a great way to experience the sights that Ottawa has to offer, whether you’re skating on the Canal or walking alongside it. Winterlude in February kicks up the festivities even more; with food, games and more, it provides a great space to have fun with family and friends.

Another massive tourist attraction located in the heart of downtown Ottawa is Parliament Hill, and this season, the Hill will be hosting its first ever skating rink with lots of events, such as a New Year’s Eve party that closes out the Canada 150 celebration. Parliament Hill will also be part of a massive lightshow taking place across Canada, in celebration of the winter festivities.

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