Ottawa embraces its natural surroundings throughout the year like no other city. The mighty Ottawa River, which flows across the northern edge of the city and acts as a natural boundary, is a major focal point during the warmer months. Head just west to soar over the rapids and conquer the white caps as you kayak or raft — a number of operators teach classes for those who are new to the sport, and host longer expeditions for veterans. The river is also a beautiful spot to hook your next big catch; guided fishing tours happen all year long. And head just northwest of the city during the winter for a traditional dog sled experience that will transport you back in time when life was just a little bit simpler.
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