With snow finally here, we have compiled a list of the best sledding hills in the Ottawa area that have been approved by the City of Ottawa
Bruce Pit is located in the Stony Swamp section of the Greenbelt. The hill is not lit at night.
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. Sledding is NOT permitted on the east side of the hill by the staircase.
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.
Gardenway Park in Orleans has a small slope. Area is wide open but no parking or lights.
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.
J.J. Clarke Park in Kanata is a large sledding hill with parking. The hill is not lit.
Loyola Park is a large hill with gradual and steep slopes. Street parking is available and the hill is not lit.
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 Kiwanis 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.
Sledding 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
- Sled only at city of Ottawa’s approved hills (see list)
- Watch for hazards such as other sledders, icy areas, trees, rocks, fence and rivers
- Keep to the sides of the hills when climbing up
- Stay off the hills when they are closed
View full list of How to reduce the risk of injury while sledding
Tubing & sledding 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.
Edelweiss Ski Resort in Wakefield Quebec is located 30 minutes from Ottawa. It also has 8 runs for all levels. The prices range depending on the age and amount of time you will be tubing.