National Geographic Traveler columnist Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer.
Here’s her latest advice:
Reader Question: We want to take our grandkids to Ottawa for a blast of winter. Best spots?
My Answer: Canada’s capital city gets a good dose of winter every year, and locals celebrate it with gusto.
Spend a day or two on essential experiences:
- Skate on the 125-mile-long Rideau Canal.
- Explore the Winterlude festivities, which include ice sculptures and a snow playground.
- Eat a Beaver Tail (fried dough dusted with sugar), a thoroughly Canadian cold-weather favorite.
- Catch a pickup hockey game in action at any local rink, or book seats in advance for the home team, the Ottawa Senators.
Candace Derickx, a 15-year veteran of the city who runs the lifestyle website Life in Pleasantville, suggests discovering nearby Gatineau Park (25 minutes from the city center) for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing (at Camp Fortune). “The mountains are just the right height for beginners,” says Derickx.
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Heather Greenwood Davis pens the “Traveling With Kids” column for National Geographic Traveler magazine (this exchange appeared in the February 2015 issue). Follow Heather on Twitter @GreenwoodDavis.