With snow finally here, we have compiled a list of the best toboggan hills in the Ottawa and Gatineau area.
Carlington Park is located behind the huge Canadian Tire on Carling Avenue and has a very large hill with a long and gradual run for children of all ages to enjoy. The hill is unlit at night, however, parking is available at the J.A. Dulude Arena located on Clyde Avenue.
Conroy Pit toboggan hill is located in the Pine Grove Forest. There is parking at the P17 parking lot and the hill is lit daily from 4 to 11pm. There are also outhouses at the P17 parking lot.
Craig Henry Park is located in Nepean and has a large hill with a long and gradual run. Parking is available onsite, however, the hill is not lit at night.
Greens Creek in Orleans has a very large toboggan hill with multi-level slopes maintained by the city of Ottawa. Parking is available at the P26 parking lot and the hill is lite every evening. There are also outhouses at the P26 parking lot.
Loyola Park is a large hill with gradual and steep slopes. Street parking is available and the hill is not lit.
The Arboretum Experimental Farm Hill on Prince of Wales Drive is a great sledding hill. However, you need to be careful since there are many trees on the hill. There is some parking available and the hill is not lit at night.
Mooney’s Bay Park on Riverside Drive has a large hill with gradual to semi-steep slopes. There is parking available at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility however, the hill is not lit at night.
Parkland in Cumberland has a large hill with long gradual and steep slopes. However, the hill is not lit and there is no parking on site.
Ski Hill Park in Gloucester is a large hill with gradual slopes perfect for parents with young children.
Walter Baker Park in Kanata has a great hill with long moderate slopes. Parking is available at the Kanata Recreation Complex and the hill is lit in the evening.
Westboro Park is a small hill with moderate runs great for parents with young children. There is parking available at the Dovercourt community center and even though the hill itself is not lit, indirect lighting is provided by the rink lights.
Lac Beauchamp Park in Gatineau has a medium size hill. This location is ideal for parents with young children since it also has a heated indoor space. Lac Beauchamp is open from 9am to 4pm and has parking on site. It is also possible to skate on the lake and cross country ski throughout the park. Rental services are available on site.
Lac des Fees in the Gatineau Park in Hull has a medium size hill great for children of all ages. There is parking on site and the hill is not lit at night.
Saint Paul primary school Park in Hull has a large hill with moderate and advanced slopes. There is parking on site and the hill is lit at night.
Tobogganing does come with some risks, in order to stay safe, here is some general safety tips and rules:
- It is recommended to wear protective head gear
- Keep to the sides of the hills when climbing up
- Stay off the hills when they are closed
Tubing is also great fun and you don’t have to walk back up the hill, a lift will bring you back up! However, there is usually a fee to go tubing!!
Le Domaine de L’Ange-Gardien located in L’Ange-Gardien, Quebec is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa and has 8 different runs from beginner to advanced. The price is 10$ for a day for children up to 11 years old and 12$ for anyone older than 12!
Edelweiss Ski Resort in Wakefield Quebec is located 30 minutes from Ottawa. It also has 8 runs for all levels. The prices range from 9.99$ to 24.99$ depending on the age and amount of time you will be tubing.
On the Ontario side, snow tubing is possible at Mont Pakenham about 45 minutes from Ottawa. It has 1 gentle slope great for younger children. The price for the day is 10$ however, there is no lift to bring you back up the hill, you need to walk.