Outdoors, Sports, and Fitness

Parks, trails

Gatineau Park (Parc national de la Gatineau) is beautiful and easily accessible from Ottawa (some 15-30 minute bike ride or drive depending on where you are leaving from)

  • Winter: snowshoeing, cross country skiing/skate skiing, fat biking, hiking
    • Winter park map
    • Winter trails map
  • Spring/summer/fall: hiking, cycling (road and mountain), camping, open water swimming, caneoing, kayaking. Be sure to bring bug repellent!
    • Summer general map
    • Summer trails map

Algonquin Provincial Park is also a mere 3 hours away for excellent camping, hiking, canoeing adventures!

Some of the best-known parks and green spaces in Ottawa are:

  • Andrew Haydon Park
  • Confederation Park
  • Major’s Hill Park
  • Vincent Massey Park
  • Lansdowne Park
The City of Ottawa is surrounded by the Greenbelt (protected land) and farmland. Walking and hiking is possible in the greenbelt areas.

Cross Country Skiing

In wintertime, there are lots of Cross Country ski trails in and around Ottawa

Bike paths

Ottawa/Gatineau has an extensive network of paved bike paths. Check them out!
Ottawa is filled with year-round cyclists including in the dead of winter!
You can enjoy car free cycling most sundays either downtown along designated routes through downtown and Gatineau park through NCC Sunday Bikedays.

Water and watersports

  • Canal, Rivers:  Check out the Rideau Canal, Rideau River, Ottawa River, and more
  • Beaches: Tons of  Beaches across the city
  • Outdoor Pools: Fancy a non-sandy dip? Check out one of Ottawa’s many  Outdoor pools

Yoga Studios

A list of some of the many studios…we do not endorse one in particular, try out to see if one is a good fit for you! There is also a free yoga class on Parliament Hill every Wednesday at lunch during the summer.

Vanier/New Edinburgh: Shunnya, Kalyana, ReYoga

Byward Market/Lowertown: Upward Dog

Centretown/Chinatown: PureYoga, ElevateYoga, Astanga Ottawa, Whitehouse Movement, Iyengar Ottawa, Yogatown

Glebe/Old Ottawa: Adishesha, Lansdowne Goodlife (Hot Yoga)

Mechanicsville/Hintonburg/Westboro: PranashantiPureYoga, BlissYoga, IronNorth

And more….

Sports Clubs