Patinage en foret outside Ottawa offers a picturesque skate through a forest

By Lee Berthiaume, CTV News Ottawa, January 29, 2018

The scraping of skates on ice and the occasional bird call are the only sounds as the dark forest glides past. There are no cellphones, no car engines. Only you and three kilometres of ice through the trees.

This is Patinage en foret, a picturesque skating trail located 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa on the edge of Gatineau Park in Quebec. It opened only last year but appears poised to become a fixture of the capital's winter landscape.

A long, rustic building with press-board walls, picnic tables and benches serves as the admission office and chalet where visitors can buy tickets, lace up their skates, grab lunch and otherwise take a break in relative comfort.

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