What do touring cyclists do in the Canadian winter?

We’ve always said, you can’t truly enjoy Ottawa in the winter if you don’t get outdoors. After skipping winter last year, we were happy to get back on our skis and check out the conditions in Gatineau park. So far, it hasn’t been a great year for snow, but the cross-country skiing has been pretty fabulous. A year of cycle touring has done wonders for our endurance too!

On weekends, we ski out to one of the many cabins for a nice dinner by the wood stove. Our favourite cabin looks out onto the Ottawa valley from above. Often we will sit at the window at night and trace out the river by following the winding darkness between the lights of the farmsteads.  The flickering orange light of the fire shines through the glass door of the wood stove, and we sit and watch the dancing shadows as we warm our toes and our dinner.

Skiing in the moonlit quiet is a magical experience, but daytime skiing is wonderful too – and it permits photographs.

Scott skiing in Gatineau park on a bright sunny day

Scott climbing a hill in Gatineau Park on a bright sunny day.

1 thought on “What do touring cyclists do in the Canadian winter?”

  1. Hi,

    I just found your website through the Travelling Two’s link and will be reading every journal entry. I am a fellow Canadian currently living and working in Bermuda, and will be leaving on a bike trip this summer. My plan is to bike from Ireland to Singapore, and then volunteer in an orphanage in the Philippines for 6 months. My work contract expires on June 30th. It’s been a long time in coming but I have already notified my bosses that I am leaving and have purchased my plane ticket from Toronto to Dublin.

    This is just a quick note. By the way, I was also born in Guelph (went to high school in Fergus) and also lived in Ottawa back from 1988 – 1990. I loved it there.

    Fred Bouwman

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