If you want to take a day trip from Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, you don’t have to look far. In fact, you just have to look over the river and across the bridge to Quebec, a province that, while close to Ottawa, culturally feels a like it’s a million miles away.
Here are 3 easy day trips that I reccomend taking from Ottawa to Quebec:
Canadian Museum of History- Chelsea, Quebec
If you’re looking to get out of the cold for the day, check out the Canadian Museum of
History, a 5 minute drive from downtown Ottawa. This museum features exhibits that have shaped the history and identity of Canadians, as well as special exhibits from around the world- I was recently invited to attend the opening of Vikings, which was a lot of fun and very interactive. The children’s section of this museum is another world (literally), and you should expect to never leave.
Camp Fortune Ski Club- Chelsea, Quebec
Winter’s in Ottawa are cold, but rather than escape the cold, why not embrace it? Less than a half hour drive from downtown Ottawa is Camp Fortune Ski Resort, a ski resort with a good range of slopes for all skill levels. If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, this is the perfect place to learn, just book a beginners class ahead of time. At the end of the day don’t forget to warm up with some hot chocolate and poutine (chips, gravy and cheese), because really that’s the most important part of skiing!
Le Nordik Nature Spa- Chelsea, Quebec
Located just a 15 minute drive from downtown Ottawa is Le Nordik Nature Spa, Canada’s largest spa. It is the ultimate Canadian relaxation experience, set on the edge of Gatineau Park. The spa is a unique facility with 7 outdoor baths, 8 saunas and steam rooms, hammocks, tee pees, camp fires, restaurants and lounges. This is my favourite day trip to take from Ottawa, and is open year round but is especially nice in the winter.
So, if you’re in Ottawa this Winter say, “Oui oui!” and take an adventure to the other side of the bridge; you won’t regret it!