Have a blast on Ottawa's best tobogganing hills
- Canada Travel Tips
- Wednesday, 04 January 2012 16:51
Sometimes winter sports fans just want to take a break from all the skiing and skating to simply careen down a giant hill by sled. Travellers who visit the Ottawa region this winter can get in on the fun by sledding, or tobogganing, which is a favourite pastime for those who live in the area and guests who visit Canada's capital city. Adults and children both partake in the activity at various locations, some of which are even maintained by the National Capital Commission (NCC) to ensure that all tobogganers stay safe and have fun.
Those who have a need for speed should check out the giant hill at Carlington Park. This area used to be where skiers learned how to tame the bunny slope and is now used for serious sledders. Some say it may be the steepest slope around for those who like to toboggan.
Plenty of the local ski resorts and tube parks also offer sledding courses where travellers can pay a fee to use their hills. This may be ideal for those who do not have their own sled or who wish to try out night tobogganing underneath well-lit areas. Edelweiss is a popular run near Ottawa.
Technology is changing the way some individuals are exploring sledding hills in their local communities and while on holiday in Ottawa as well. For instance, the website called tobogganhills.com allows users to search for the best slopes around and read reviews of the current conditions and features of each location. This may be a great way for travellers to Ottawa to try out a few different hills and have a wonderful afternoon enjoying this favourite pastime with loved ones.
Officials from the NCC caution sledders who venture to these hills to use their best judgement while trying out this winter sport. Young children should wear helmets and avoid slopes with any obstructions or steep inclines. Calling ahead to sponsored hills may also be useful, as blizzard conditions or other variables can shut down operations unexpectedly.
Although the Ottawa area is great for many different winter sports, trying out a day of tobogganing may be a perfect way to relax, have fun with friends and family, and even meet a few locals who could have some tips on where to find the best hills.