Kid-Tested: Ottawa

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

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