By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I haven’t really taken advantage of our great snowstorms due to a heavy work schedule. But my boyfriend and I have finally decided to make a drive up to the Ottawa area shortly. He’s got his OFSC trail permit too so we’d like to try some outdoor adventure stuff.

A: About 4.5 hours north of Toronto the Ottawa Valley cradles the Ottawa River and boasts many accolades for the winter enthusiast. For starters, did you know there are over 100km of groomed cross country ski trails and 2,400kms of groomed TOP (Trans Ontario Provincial) Snowmobile Trails?

Despite the fact we now have entered spring, you can still take advantage of our cold winter-like days. To help get you started on your winter getaway, check out the winter packages that are being offered by a host of resorts and tour operators in the area. If you visit the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association online (, you’ll see there are ample listings for the winter lover.

Here are a few specials they list: Calling all snowmobilers, Cedar Cove Resort ( in White Lake has a deal for you. Until April 1, 2008 when you rent one of their cottages you’ll receive a 25% discount on your accommodations. All you have to do is present your Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trail pass. For reservations, call 613-623-3133. Over at Calabogie Highlands Resort ( take advantage of some their stay and play packages. Not just a golf course, this venue morphs into a winter wonderland offering the romantically-inclined a “Skiing and Snowboarding: Just for the Two of Us” package from $149.95 per person based on double occupancy.

This package includes two adult lift tickets, one overnight stay in the Highlands Jacuzzi Room along with wine and h'ors d'oeuvres upon your arrival including other surprises.

For more information call them at toll-free 877-224-4653. Meanwhile Calabogie Peaks ( has its “Play Hooky and Ski Getaway” package which includes overnight stay, breakfast and a ski pass starting from $90 per person. For other details and winter travel information call the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association at toll-free 800-757-6580 or 613-732-4364 or see the above-mentioned web site.


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