It’s that time of year once again, the holidays are over, your New Year’s resolutions are fizzling out (good for you if you’re still going strong) and the road to financial and physical recovery is well on its way. Although things are starting to look up, you may be experiencing the January blues. Here are a few tips and tricks to turn that frown upside down and help you survive the homestretch that is February (and let’s be real March isn’t that pretty either).

Take Advantage of Winter Activities

The last thing we all want to do is go outside in the cold but given where we live and winter takes up over 4 months of the year, it can become depressing staying at home all day. Check out Ottawa Tourism for a full list of festivals and events taking place in Ottawa! We’ve pulled a sample of the various activities across the city that you can do to help boost those blues.


From February 1-18, Winterlude is a great activity to take your kids out to for some much-needed fresh air. With amazing ice sculptures and various activities such as snow slides, Winderlude is fun for the whole family!

Skating across the Canal

Swap your shoes for skates and enjoy taking advantage of a free outdoor event. Warm up with some hot chocolate and take in the beauty of downtown Ottawa. People come from all over the world to experience the Canal while most of us pass it on our commute, so get some fun in the sun and treat yourself to a Beavertail (or two).

Skiing and Snowboarding

With great snowfalls brings great hills. Camp Fortune and Mont Cascades are close by and offer various activities in addition to skiing and snowboarding. Make a weekend out of it by renting a chalet, grabbing some friends, and having a blast.

Attend Indoor Events

There are plenty of indoor events that allow you to get out of the house, but also avoid the cold.

Ottawa Winter Brewfest

From February 15-16, Ottawa Winter Brewfest takes place at Lansdowne (Pavillon Aberdeen) and allows you to sample from over 100 craft beers, indulge in some gourmet dishes, shake what your mama gave you with some music by local DJs.


There are various museums across the city that offer free admission, including Canadian Museum of Nature (Thursday nights), National Gallery of Canada (Thursday nights), and Canadian Agriculture and Food (every day from 4-5pm)!

Canadian Tire Centre or TD Place

Canadian Tire Centre and TD Place have tons of events taking place! Check out their event calendars to see if anything peaks your interest. Warm up with some Jeff Dunham humor that will make your laugh till you cry or get your groove on to the Arkells.

It’s time to ditch that old blanket, pause your Netflix binge, and put on your boots. With many things to do and plenty to see around your CLV Group apartment, it’s time to step outside and enjoy the winter!


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