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Things To Do During A Socially Distanced Winter In Ottawa

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Carleton chapter.

Winter is the easiest time to self-isolate voluntarily, it makes it easy to stay away from the cold and the snow. There’s no doubt that this year, everything looks a little different. It’s the perfect time to get outside, try something new, and explore the city! Ottawa has tons of gems in all seasons, but winter is a great time to enjoy the nation’s capital– just don’t forget your mask!

Go Skating

Even though the iconic Rideau Canal is now closed, there are so many other great spots for skating this season. Nearby, in Gatineau’s Lac de Loups, visitors can skate or snowshoe through the forest. Next to City Hall, the Rink of Dreams is a beautifully lit spot with prime Beavertail access. 

Visit Alpacas In Chelsea

Only a 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa, you can check out a family-run alpaca farm! For only a few dollars, you get a tour of the farm and the chance to meet (and pet) the alpacas. The family runs a store on-site with homemade products made of alpaca fiber, all of which make great gifts. They have COVID-19 policies in place, including limited tours and visitors inside the shop. 

Check Out A Sugar Bush

There are so many options for checking out a sugar bush this season- Proulx Farm is only 25 minutes from downtown Ottawa! Farms offer homemade maple treats and syrup, tours of the grounds and animals, and delicious breakfasts. There are several safety restrictions set by the farms, including mandatory masks and social distancing.

Visit A Museum

Ottawa has a surplus of great museums, and even better, many have student discounts and free admission on Thursday nights! As a bonus, the Ottawa Art Gallery is always free to visit. Both are timing the entrances of visitors and offering online booking.

Outside the city for the season? There’s still plenty of ways to use your creativity. Host a theme party over Zoom or try a winter sport. It’s been a weird year and we could all use a little (socially-distanced) fun! 

Cassandra is a fourth year Communications and Media Studies student at Carleton University. She's a fan of rollerskating, personality tests (she's an ENFJ!), and visiting new coffee shops around Ottawa!