3 Winter Day Trips From Ottawa to Quebec

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

Image Source: http://www.historymuseum.ca

If you’re looking to get out of the cold for the day, check out the Canadian Museum of

At the opening for the Vikings exhibit

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

Image Source: http://www.lenordik.com

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!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Globetrotter says:

    The Nordik Nature Spa looks awesome! I hope to visit Ottawa one day, so any more tips about visiting the city would be most appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. Jessica Lim says:

      Le Nordik is my absolute favourite! It is such a unique experience so I hope you have the opportunity to go!


  2. Gracefully Global says:

    Looks amazing! I wish I was anywhere near these treasures.

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  3. Nice post. Would love to take this trip once 🙂


  4. I think I’d definitely have to give that spa a go, it’s be complete bliss with all those outdoor baths and pools! I’d love to go snowboarding too, especially if it was followed by a warm hot chocolate 🙂


  5. Mark Wyld says:

    The museum looks really interesting. I would love to attend a viking exhibition that would be right up my alley. By the sounds of it my kids would love the kids section of this place.. Relaxing in one of the 7 outdoor baths would be amazing at the spa


  6. Le Nordik Nature Spa looks beautiful ,we went to one very similar here in Whistler. It’s definitely on my list to visit Quebec – I’ve heard great things 🙂


  7. The spa looks like a fairy tale like place, I wouldn’t mind spending some time there! 🙂

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    1. Jessica Lim says:

      It’s one of my favourite places in the world!


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