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winter months

by robin888


I was told that Ottawa has 8 winter months...what are the temperatures like in winter....i understand that the Rideau Canal is frozen during the winter months and it is an experience to skate on it. i would like to visit ottawa during is the transit during there a direct bus from the airport to downtown ottawa? thank you.

Re: winter months

by Camping_Girl

Winter would be more like 4 months, not 8! Think late November through early March for actual "winter" weather, like ice. Spring and Fall may have some cool days as well, but would not be as cold as winter.

Check out the Weather Underground website, for historic weather information:

Re: winter months

by ricky52

Trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local on the day variations.
This information should be used as a guide only.
Here is the average weather for Ottawa for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.

High 40f / 5c
Low 27f / -3c
Rain 3.40in / 86.4mm
Wind (from the) East

High 25f / -4c
Low 11f / -12c
Rain 3.25in / 82.5mm
Wind (from the) West

High 21f / -6c
Low 4f / -16c
Rain 2.28in / 58.0mm
Wind (from the) West

High 24f / -5c
Low 7f / -14c
Rain 2.31in / 58.6mm
Wind (from the) West

High 35f / 2c
Low 19f / -7c
Rain 2.55in / 64.8mm
Wind (from the) West

I think you will find these months cold enough for you.

Re: winter months

by Greggor58

Yes theres a direct link via Public Transit to the downtown area from the airport...
Bring your woolies if you're coming during the Winter...!!

This page gives you some basic transit info....


Re: winter months

by neverstoptravel

Wow,8 months. 4-5 months only. Route 97 serves till the midnight linking the airport and downtown area.

Re: winter months

by verovero

Ha Ha 8 months!:D More like 4-5 months, like others said, depending of what you consider as winter for you. The averages already specified are just average though.. some days are colder and so you should make sure you are ready even for the coldest days and not getting frost bite on the ears, fingers or the nose when it is -35oC in January/February. The passed 2 years have been much warmer during winter so maybe you wouldn't see those temperatures, but you might be :P. Cover your head, hand and neck and think to warm up your nose sometimes... I have seen some tourists with the end of the nose totally white like paper by the past... not good...

Re: winter months

by Sprucebeer

Hahahaha like the others said, 4-5 months only. Not sure when you are coming. If you want to skate on the Rideau Canal, it usually doesn't open for skaters until January or February. Often it just makes it for the Winterlude (in February) and then it gets too warm again. Check out the following sites for ice conditions.

Enjoy your visit!

Travel Tips for Ottawa

CBC lockout

by pehsan

i was lucky enough to see such systematic and enjoyable strike here around spark st and in front of house of commons. the lockout took place on 15th August and i have no idea how long they have to walk around with their big sign board. for malaysian, it wasn't a normal sight to me as i never seen such peaceful strike without "much" interference of police. nonetheless, it's beneficial to have such strong unions to back people up.

for more info regarding CBC lockout, go to

ok, don't ask me where 2 find...

by SeaGem1532

ok, don't ask me where 2 find this place, but down a few blocks from the mall (w/ a huge Eatons written on it), is this really cool market...ok, i didn't buy nethin, but i had dinner there (the service wuz 2 slow where i ate...but then again, i probably shoulda stayed outside where every1 else wuz instead of insisting 2 eat inside)...neway, this market wuz really fun until it started 2 rain & i had 2 buy a dorky canada umbrella that only tourists carry around w/ them. :-/ So try 2 find this little market & browse...o & there r sum cyber cafes where u can go online & e-mail ur homies & b like ' in ottawa & i walked over this street that had tons of gold under it & stuff & u suck b/c ur @ home!!' (ok, this 1 street has a whole buncha gold under it b/c its got a bank there & stuff) hmm...getting 2 the post office & realizing i picked up & filled out the wrong envelope so i had 2 get another 1...& then learning that in order 2 mail ur letter in a post office, u gotta buy a stamp & then on ur way out, put the mail in a mailbox IN the post office...u couldn't just give it 2 the guy behind the desk!!!! wtf's wrong w/ that?

Purchasing Alcohol

by kehale

Just like the rest of Ontario, the sale of alochol in Ottawa is controlled by the Provincial government. Therefore, with the exception of a few chains that are licenced to sell wine, all alcohol is sold through the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) or the Beer Store. That being said, alcohol prices are high (compared to most places) - but if you're in Ottawa you're in luck, with Quebec being directly across the water.
In Quebec, not only is the legal drinking age 18, but you the sale of alcohol is not regulated by the provincial government. That means you're able to purchase alcohol at your local gas station just like in the good ol' US of A! The prices are much lower as well. So if you're able to get over to Hull, I'd suggest making your way over their to buy your booze. Prices are much more reasonable and I would recommend visiting SAQ as they always have great prices and a larger variety than just your local store!

24 Sussex Drive - Part 2

by jamiesno

If you say my 24 Sussex Drive original tip, I didn't get much of a picture of the Prime Minister's residence from the city bus tour.

Well I didn't give up and on the canel cruise tour I got a much better view :-).

Don't Smash the Pylons

by duanestorey

I guess it goes without saying that when you've had too much to drink, you shouldn't go around creating mischief. Well, we learned this lesson the hard way.. In Ottawa construction zones, you can usually find these really huge pylons for directing traffic. Well, after leaving Barrymore's one night, we went and re-arranged some of these.. Turns out there was a police officer watching us the whole time. He wasn't too impressed. Anyways, we fixed everything, and all was well.

Here's a shot of Jarret playing with a Pylon.


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