While most of your friends are chilling with a mimosa and a cheese platter, you’re donning the spandex and getting a literal leg up on your New Year’s resolutions. No sloth-like Netflix binges for you, no way! If you prefer a snowy jog over a crackling log, use this fast and furious itinerary during a weekend break in Ottawa-Gatineau to get up and physical.

Skating in a Winter Wonderland
There’s nothing quite like Ottawa-Gatineau in the wintertime; where else can you bundle up and experience skating the Rideau Canal, the world’s largest skating rink? Arrive early and start at the very end, near Carleton University, where you will find skate rental and change shacks. You’ll need some energy to make it through the entire 7.8 kilometre length of the canal, but with a physique to protect you won’t want to partake in the deep-fried Beavertail pastries, slathered in butter and cinnamon sugar, that are available right on the Canal. Nor the numerous hot chocolate stands. Or the poutine (that’s fries, cheese, and gravy. You’re welcome).

Lunch Break S.O.R (Save Our Resolution)

By the time you have skated to the very beginning, you will have worked up a hunger for lunch, so ditch the skates and head one block west on Sparks Street to Freshii, where you can enjoy a filling grain bowl, salad, or soup with a side of zero guilt.


After lunch, take a road trip into the Outaouais region to participate in a quintessentially Canadian experience: an exciting dog sled ride! Escapade Eskimo will take you on a variety of excursions, from a whirlwind 2km sprint and visit to the kennels (perfect for kids) to a 15km adventure in the Great White (Almost) North. If you have any energy left, snowshoeing is also available. Return to your hotel for a delicious and healthy dinner; go ahead and treat yourself to room service, you deserve it!

Recommended Hotels to Keep That Resolution:

The Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau has everything you will need to relax, including indoor / outdoor pools, hot tub, and a full-service spa. If you really must insist on spending the last of your calories, there is a handy jogging track and hiking trail nearby.

The Doubletree Gatineau is a beautiful resort-style property that features a comprehensive spa; we recommend experiencing NeuroSpa, an exclusive energizing nap that helps to remove physical and mental fatigue in as little as 30 minutes. You’ll refuel your energy in zero gravity and awake with greater clarity and overall energy!

Hampton Inn by Hilton Ottawa is conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown. Keep your resolution by using the indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, and loading up on plentiful and fresh options such as fruit, yogurt, and hearty oatmeal at breakfast.

Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport has the key to a healthy new year; a Garden Sleep System® bed, the perfect mix of comfort and support. After your sleep-in, enjoy a selection of healthy snacks at the Pavilion Pantry, or a nutritious meal of seasonal favourites at the Garden Grille Bar and Restaurant.

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