5 Winter Getaways In and Around Ottawa

Winter blues getting you down? Embrace the season with these bucket list winter getaways!
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Not many people would classify themselves as a “winter person” and we totally get it! The season is cold, the days feel shorter, and it can be hard to get yourself out of the house. But when you can’t escape it, embrace it with a winter getaway! 

Grab your date and escape the hustle and bustle of city life, exploring the enchanting winter wonderland that surrounds Ottawa. From adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventures to cozy cabin retreats, there are so many beautiful and unique spots to explore. 

Be sure to add these 5 bucket list-worthy winter getaways to your travel list! 

Located on 200 pastoral acres near Ottawa, Strathmere is a place to unwind and relax. Their property comprises historic houses, cozy lodgings, and a restored barn dating back to the 1860s—all overlooking an expansive landscape of nature trails and farmland.

They offer so many fabulous activities to complement your stay including spa treatments, guided nature walks, board games, an evening fire under the stars, snowshoeing, and more. 

Whether you’re looking to plan a spa weekend with your friends or book a romantic getaway with your partner, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Location: 1980 Phelan Road West, North Gower, ON

Distance from Downtown Ottawa: ~30 minutes

Inspired by the breathtaking natural landscape, Calabogie Peaks is a lifestyle destination that offers thrilling activities and cozy accommodations. It’s also home to the tallest public ski resort in Ontario!

Their winter activity lineup includes skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiles, snowshoe treks, pond skating, and nightly campfires.

For a fun winter getaway, choose from a variety of accommodations including their beautiful boutique hotel, central condo units, and cottages!

Location: 30 Barrett Chute Road, Calabogie, Ontario

Distance from Downtown Ottawa: ~1 hour 10 minutes

Mont Tremblant is an iconic Canadian winter destination located in the heart of the Laurentians. Bonus: it’s located just 2 hours away from Downtown Ottawa! 

Whether you’re a huge fan of skiing or snowboarding, or you’re simply looking for a cute photo op in the picturesque European-style pedestrian village, this will definitely be a getaway for the books!

Enjoy world-class lodging and amenities, restaurants, boutiques, and 102 ski trails for the ultimate winter vacay!

Location: 1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

Distance from Downtown Ottawa: ~2 hours

Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and indulge. This enchanting hotel blends charm and comfort with history, art, and scenic splendour.

Enjoy a range of luxury spa treatments, experience an exquisite fine dining menu, and take in the panoramic river and natural scenery all around you.

Your stay includes free and direct access to the Gatineau Park hiking trails and preferred rates on their partner activities including Aventure Outaouais Tours, Eco-Odyssée, Expeditions Wakefield, and Arbraska.

Choose from a wide variety of packages for your next winter getaway, including their Holiday Season Packages!

Location: 60 Mill Road, Wakefield, Quebec

Distance from Downtown Ottawa: ~30 minutes

Nordik is well-known as the ultimate relaxation destination near Ottawa. This wellness getaway in Old Chelsea, Quebec is the largest spa in North America and focuses on thermotherapy and relaxation techniques. They offer a multisensory experience in a natural setting and in our opinion, there’s no better time to visit than in the winter!

You and your date can enjoy massages, body care treatments, and nordic spa rituals to help you truly decompress. They’re also offering some great Holiday Packages starting at $406 per couple.

If you would like to make your visit to Nordik an overnight stay, they offer beautiful cottage rentals surrounded by nature. Take in breathtaking views of Gatineau Park and Downton Ottawa, and let yourself unwind.

Location: 16 Chemin Nordik, Chelsea, Quebec

Distance from Downtown Ottawa: ~15 minutes

Looking for more local date ideas to add to your winter bucket list? Click here to explore more fun and unique date ideas in Ottawa! 

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