Heart of Orléans BIA

Winter fun in COVID times

We are all experiencing the effects of COVID-19 in different ways but I think we can all agree that we need a little hope at the end of the year. Despite the restrictions in place there are many things we can do that will add a little bit of joy to our lives this winter. 

For example, if you’re looking for some holiday magic, we know of a few places in and around our BIA that will have everyone’s eyes light up. Here are some of the best places to see Christmas lights in Orléans with the kids – both big and small!

One of winter’s most fun and inexpensive sports is tobogganing. All you need are warm clothes and something to slide on. You can find many human made hills right here in Orléans that provide fun for the whole family. 

For a complete list of sledding hills in Ottawa, be sure to have a peek at the City of Ottawa’s map of sledding hills

Another way to get a little colour on your cheeks is to channel your Elizabeth Manley or Carey Price and go skating at one of the many outdoor rinks in Orléans. You can find a complete list of outdoor rinks here.

What about experiencing ice fishing? Did you know that The Oziles Tackle Shop on Petrie Island offers ice fishing packages? They even rent ice fishing huts complete with a wood or oil stove so you stay toasty warm while fishing for a variety of fish! For more information, please check out The Petrie Island Ice Fisherman’s Association (PIIFA).

We are also pretty fortunate to have Ski Heritage East at our fingertips or shall I say toetips! It is a trail that satisfies skiers, snowshoers, fatbike riders, pedestrians and dog walkers alike! This scenic, groomed trail runs along the Ottawa River Pathway from Green’s Creek all the way to Trim Road. You can read more about Ski Heritage East in this issue of The Beat!

How about simply bringing your camera to take advantage of the magical snowy weather in and around Orléans. We have many beautiful Instagram worthy spots such as the Paroisse St-Joseph d’Orléans, the Shenkman Arts Centre and the Princess Louise Falls. 

No matter what you decide, be sure to explore some of the best local spots outdoors in our community!