Rideau River Winter Trial Opens For Season

We are happy to announce that the Rideau Winter trail will officially open on Saturday, January 18. There will be a community meeting at 1 p.m. inside the Rideau Sports Centre at 1 Donald St. 

Om January 18, the Vanier BIA will also be onsite from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to give free hot chocolate and scones to all users. If you don’t have skis, Kunstadt will be on site for ski rental rentals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Rideau Winter Trail is a groomed winter trail between the Rideau Sports Centre and Hurdman's Bridge.

A project led by Councillor Fleury and Councillor King, with the full support from the Rideau Sports Centre, the City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission, the Overbrook and Sandy Hill community associations, this new downtown winter trail offers the perfect urban option for cross-country skiers, fat bikers and snowshoers to practice their sport in the downtown core right next to the Rideau River.

"We are so pleased to announce the inaugural opening of the Rideau Winter Trail, this winter the trail will be groomed regularly and will offer an opportunity for free outdoor winter leisure. I would like to thank all the partners involved - the City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission, the Rideau Sports Centre and Overbrook and Sandy Hill community associations - for their ongoing leadership to help make this a free seasonal activity in our community," Mathieu Fleury, the councillor for Rideau-Vanier said.

"I am thrilled that my office can augment and contribute to this project to expand the winter trail along the Rideau River. This is an exciting opportunity for our residents to partake in winter activities close to their homes and join legions of other winter sports
enthusiasts throughout Ottawa," said Rawlson King, the councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

"I am delighted that the residents of Overbrook, Vanier, Sandy Hill, and the City at large have free access to groomed x-country ski/snowshoe/fat bike trails in the core of the City. Super grateful that the City of Ottawa and NCC have prioritized urban recreation,
encouraging people to stay active in winter, " Nicki Bridgland, CEO & Founder Rideau Sports Centre said.

Councillor Fleury said he looks forward to the opportunity to expand the trail even further in the future. "Our goal is that in a few years, we will be able to ski from Rideau Sports Centre to Mooney's Bay and back!"

For more information on the Rideau Winter Trail please connect with Stéphane Galipeau at 613-853-8272 or by email at [email protected]

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