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If you want to take a break from sightseeing, there are over 170 kilometers (100 miles) of trails and paths that wind their way throughout the city. Alternatively, for those who would prefer to sit back and check out a local sporting event, you won’t have to look hard to find something going on.
There is an extensive network of biking and walking trails that run throughout the city and surrounding areas. You may want to familiarize yourself with a trail map to make sure you know how long the trail is and where it will lead you to.
During the winter months you can go for a skate on the World’s Longest Skating Rink - the Rideau Canal! If in town during the first half of February, you can participate in an annual winter celebration that takes place on the Rideau Canal and surrounding area, called Winterlude.
During the summer months, you may want to relax on one of the four beaches located within the City - yes there are beaches! You will find Britannia Bay Beach located in the west end of the city, Westboro beach just west of the downtown core, Mooney's Bay Beach in the south, and Petrie Island Beach to the east. These beaches have life guards on duty from noon until 7:00pm.
The city of Ottawa is located right on the shores of the mighty Ottawa River. This river is arguably one of the best whitewater destinations in the world. Draining over 149,000 square miles of wilderness, the Ottawa always has an abundance of water all year long. During the summer months it’s warm, 18°C (64°F) or more on average, making it a great for rafting and kayaking.
Located just 1 hr west of Ottawa lies the Rocher-Fendu rapid section. Joe Kowalski, pioneer in rafting on the river, took his first trip down the Ottawa in 1974. Tthe following summer, Wilderness Tours adventure resort was born. Over the last 3 decades they have brought over 1.2 million people safely down the river. With a 600 acre adventure resort rest assured the après rafting won’t disappoint. They have something for everyone ages 7 and up. For complete details on pricing, directions and availability go to www.wildernesstours.com.
NHL Hockey - Ottawa Senators (aka ’The Sens’). If you are in town when the Sens are playing, you can take a trip out to the city’s west-end and check out a game at Scotiabank Place. Tickets are priced anywhere from $16 up to $200, but have proven harder to come by since the NHL returned following its 2004-05 labour dispute; booking tickets at least a few weeks in advance is often sufficient. Tickets to regular season games until the end of December will go on sale Sat. Sept. 16 at 10am EDT; for games in 2007, public ticket sales will begin Sat. Nov. 25 at 10am. Note that tickets against their archrivals the ’Leafs’ are always in high demand, and their face values are marked up by the Senators by 40%. Additional games against Montreal and Philadelphia command a 10% premium on the "regular" ticket price.
CHL "Major Junior" Hockey - Ottawa 67’s. If you prefer to stay in the downtown area, the 67’s (who are coached by hockey hall of fame member Brian Kilrea) play top-tier "major junior" hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL); these are generally 16-19 years olds before they are drafted by an NHL team. Home games are at the Civic Centre at Lansdowne Park (Bank St. and Holmwood Ave in the Glebe, just south of downtown). Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for students and seniors and $11 for children 12 and under.
CHL "Major Junior" Hockey - Gatineau Olympiques. Based in the Hull Sector of Gatineau, approximately halfway between Parliament Hill and the Casino Lac Leamy, the Olympiques play top-tier "major junior" hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (which goes by the French aconym LHJMQ); these are generally 16-19 years olds before they are drafted by an NHL team. Home games are at the Robert-Guertin Arena. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $8 for children 12 and under.
CJHL Hockey - There are ten teams from Ottawa and the Valley who play within the Central Junior ’A’ Hockey League during September to March. This "second tier" of junior hockey similarly generally includes 16-19 years olds. Visit the CJHL Hockey link for schedules and game locations.
Canadian Football League - The Ottawa REDBLACKS of the CFL play at the TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne Park in the Glebe.
North American Soccer League - The Ottawa Fury Football Club of the NASL also play at TD Place Stadium.