I had a free morning because the boys decided to go out to play with some other friends. I knew I had to get out of the house because it was sunny and because it was -5. There might not be that much -5 left this year (we’ll see if I’m right or wrong about this). Initially I thought I might go to the war museum… but then I decided that outside was the place to be. Now that the canal is closed I was wondering what outside thing I could do that was close to home and didn’t involve walking (not that I don’t like walking, but I didn’t want to just walk for the sake of it). Then I remembered that I could go skiing at Mooney’s bay. I’d never been – but figured this was a perfect chance. I was not disappointed. It’s certainly not the same as going skiing in Gatineau Park – but it is a fraction of the cost ($2.65) and is right in town. On a Sunday morning it didn’t take any time at all to drive out there. There is a relatively flat 5 KM loop of trails that go through the orchard and along the beach. For the outing I wanted it was perfect. I got some fresh air, I got some exercise, it was close to home and I felt completely comfortable going by myself. There was no chance I was going to get lost.
I recommend a ski at Mooney’s Bay for some quick fresh air and a little winter re-boot. It’s certainly not the wilderness – but it is still pretty and has the advantage of being cheap and close.
For more info:
the Mooney’s Bay ski centre is run by the City of Ottawa and also offers Cross Country Ski Lessons and rentals throughout the winter.