The best cross-country ski trails in and around Ottawa

The best cross-country ski trails in and around Ottawa

Discover some of the best cross-country ski trails in and around the city of Ottawa. A great winter activity for the whole family!

Calling all beginner and expert cross-country skiers! If you are looking for some great spots to cross-country ski in and around the city of Ottawa, then we've got you covered. Find amazing trails for some beautiful cross-country skiing in and around Ottawa's downtown core. From flat trails to long loops, we've got plenty of options for solo skiers and families alike! Take advantage of every fresh snowfall, grab your cross-country skiing equipment and head out for some fresh air!

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Gatineau Park

Just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Gatineau Park is a beautiful option where cross-country skiers will find over 200 km. of beautiful cross-country ski trails. A winter pass is required for access to trails, but once inside, you will find 50 circuits of flat, hilly and technical trails to choose from. This beautiful park may very well become one of your favourite spots to enjoy recreational trails, intermediate trails and more difficult trails, depending on the day!

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Britannia Winter Trail

Expect to find approximately 17 km. of groomed trails in this lovely spot just 15 minutes west of downtown Ottawa. The trail starts in Britannia Park and goes east along the much-used recreational Trans-Canada Trail all the way to the Deschenes Rapids parking lot, and then west through Andrew Haydon Park.This winter wonderland is also used by snowshoers, walkers and fat bikers; so be prepared to share the space. It's a beautiful recreational trail that is loved by skiers of all levels.

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Ottawa's Greenbelt

These protected lands surround the city, and have long been a favourite for winter activities like cross-country skiing, walking, hiking and sledding. A great option for family skiing, you just may find your favourite trails in this conserved natural setting. There is plenty of space and many groomed, multi-use trails for people of all ages to enjoy the activity of their choice. Adults and children alike will find cross-country skiing trails to suit their level of experience in the sport. 

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Murphy's Point Provincial Park

Just over a one-hour drive from Ottawa, this area (located on Big Rideau Lake) is considered to offer some of the best cross-country skiing in southeastern Ontario. With 4 km for skate skiing, 14 km for classic cross-country skiing and 8 km for backcountry skiing, there really is something for all kinds of skiers.

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Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Located just outside Kingston, this is a great relaxed cross-country ski spot that is perfect for families who enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. With 13 km of mechanically groomed cross-country trails, there are plenty of options to choose from for a lovely day out in the snow.

Ottawa and the surrounding areas offer numerous trails for cross-country skiers of all levels. Knowing there are so many options to choose from makes it more very appealing to get your cross-country ski gear, layer up with the right technical clothing and head out to the snowy trails. If you're looking for a really convenient way to transport your skis, our folding cross-country skis may be the perfect pick. They make it easier than ever to pack up and go!
Happy skiing!


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