Cross-country skiing along Ridge Rd. Photo by James Peltzer from the OttawaStart Flickr Group
If you’re a downhill ski fan, you have plenty of hills to choose from nearby. We’re also within a day’s drive of some great hills further north in Quebec, or in the Eastern United States. If you’re a cross-country ski fan, you’ll enjoy the many kilometres of trails within Ottawa’s Greenbelt, Gatineau Park, and along our recreation paths.
Click on the markers above for websites and directions to ski hills around Ottawa.
Cross Country Skiing
The Greenbelt: Hundreds of kilometres of trails in Ottawa’s Greenbelt are a paradise for cross-country skiiers.
Cross Country skiing at Mooney’s Bay: Over 5km of groomed trails. Ski rentals and lessons available.
SJAM Winter Trail along the Ottawa River
Ski Heritage East Trail, Orleans: Running 13km along the bank of the Ottawa River from Shefford Rd. in the west to Trim Rd in the east, this trail is professionally groomed for multi-purpose winter recreation (anything self-propelled). See below map.
Note: Many of the downhill ski locations, listed above, including Camp Fortune, Edelweiss, Vorlage, Mont Tremblant and Mont Cascades, offer cross-country ski trails. You can check each website for details.
More Ottawa ski links