The Ottawa tobogganing hills offer hours of enjoyment for all ages. If you have ever been tobogganing (some people call it sledding) then you know firsthand the excitement you feel when you are coasting down the snowy hillside. If you have never been tobogganing then we highly recommend it – it is an exhilarating winter sport!
Tobogganing hills can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages. We often end up spending more time watching other people toboggan because we love seeing the young and young at heart enjoying themselves so much.
Have you seen some of those fancy sleds that they have now? We can still remember when we were younger and we would grab whatever we had laying around the house to go sliding down the hills – it could have been a sled or a piece of plastic or a piece of cardboard. As long as it slid we were happy!
Are you ready to have some fun? Please read our safety tips at the bottom of this page before heading out.
Here are some of the various toboggan hills in Ottawa:
- Experimental Farm in the Arboretum – Prince of Wales Drive
- Vincent Massey Park
- Hog’s Back Park
- Bruce Pit – off of Cedarview Road
- Conroy Pit – near Conroy Road (south of Hunt Club)
- Green’s Creek – off of St. Joseph Boulevard
- Mooney’s Bay – Riverside Drive (south of Heron)
- Carlington Ski Hill
- Windsor Park – near Riverdale & Belmont
- Seneca Avenue
The City of Ottawa also has a complete list of Ottawa toboganning/sledding hills. It is quite extensive and VERY useful!
Keep in mind that there are many other man-made toboggan hills in Ottawa. Ask your neighbours or check your local paper to find out if there are some closer to you. Just the other day we found a little hill in our neighbourhood that we didn’t even know about. It was a blast! Some of those hidden gems are the best ones (fewer people means more time sliding)!!
Here are some tobogganing safety tips for the entire family so you can enjoy your day tobogganing in Ottawa:
- Everyone toboggans at their own risk
- Stay to the side of the hill when climbing back up the hill
- Young children should not toboggan alone.
- Children should be taught about the dangers of tobogganing and what they should look out for.
- Keep toboggan equipment in good condition.
- Avoid hills & slopes that end near streets & traffic.
- Before tobogganing, check the hill for obstructions or holes. Also check that there are no hazards such as trees, rocks or fences.
- Dress warmly.
- Don’t toboggan on frozen water surfaces because they may not be completely frozen.
- Do not stand while you are tobogganing.
Grab your toboggan or sled, dress up warm, round up the family and enjoy your day out on the Ottawa tobogganing hills.