Herzig Eye Institute in Refractive Surgery on February 21, 2024

After your laser vision correction procedure at Herzig Eye Institute, you’ll finally be able to see what Canadian winter has to offer!

Here is Herzig Eye Institute’s list of 10 things to see and experience this winter season after getting your vision correction procedure:

Go Dog Sledding!

Embark on an exhilarating day trip from Ottawa and Gatineau to experience the thrill of an ultimate dog sledding tour set against the stunning winter landscapes of the region. The adventure begins with a scenic drive to the chosen dog sledding location, often nestled in the picturesque outskirts. Upon arrival, participants are greeted by a team of enthusiastic and well-trained sled dogs, eager to take them on a journey through snow-covered trails, making it the perfect day trip following your procedure.

Need a date idea? Try skating!

The Rideau Canal Skateway

The Rideau Canal Skateway is a world-renowned outdoor skating rink located in Ottawa. It holds the distinction of being the world’s largest naturally frozen ice rink. Established on Rideau Canal, the Skateway is a historic waterway that winds its way through the heart of Ottawa. Get treated to stunning views of historic buildings, landmarks, and winter landscapes as you glide along the frozen canal! The route passes through downtown Ottawa, providing a unique and beautiful perspective of the city.

Aerial view of the Redeau Canal Skateway in Ottawa

Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall

Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa at City Hall, enjoy a delightful and festive touch to your winter experience in the nation’s capital. The Rink of Dreams provides a picturesque setting for outdoor ice skating in the heart of the city. This family-friendly environment also hosts a plethora of events and activities for all to enjoy!

Hit the slopes: Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing

Camp Fortune

Located just north of Ottawa, Camp Fortune is a beautiful ski resort that offers a range of activities and experiences for winter enthusiasts. Camp Fortune caters to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, from beginners to advanced. Whether visitors seek the thrill of skiing down slopes, the tranquility of cross-country trails, or the excitement of winter adventures, Camp Fortune provides a diverse array of options in a scenic setting.

Two skiers riding a chairlift with mountains in the background

Mont Cascades

Tucked away in the Outaouais region of Quebec, just north of Ottawa, is the idyllic ski resort – Mont Cascades. The ski resort is equipped with lifts, to transport visitors to various parts of the mountain. Facilities on-site include rental shops for ski and snowboard equipment, as well as amenities like cafés and restaurants, making it the perfect place for your après ski hot chocolate! Mont Cascades caters to all skiing and snowboarding levels and is the perfect spot for a weekend winter getaway.

Book a weekend getaway! Glamping anyone?

Parc Omega: Wolf Cabin, Chalet or Lodge

Parc Omega is a renowned wildlife park located in Montebello, Quebec. The park allows visitors to drive through the scenic routes – but if you want to stay for longer than a few hours, there are spacious and beautiful chalets and lodges. However, the most unique experience at Parc Omega is the Wolf Cabin experience. These are cozy and rustic cabins designed to provide a close-to-nature experience. Guests staying in Wolf Cabins can enjoy a tranquil atmosphere surrounded by the natural beauty of Parc Omega, with wolves coming straight up to your window!

Dimly lit cabin in the wintery woods of Quebec

Explore a museum or historical landmark

National Gallery of Canada

Exterior view of the Scotiabank Great Hall of the National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada stands as a cultural landmark, offering a diverse and enriching experience for those interested in the world of art. It serves as both a repository of Canada’s artistic heritage and a platform for the exploration of global artistic expressions, making it an amazing experience after your vision correction procedure. While there is an admission fee for general entry, the gallery often offers free admission on Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm, providing more accessibility to the public.

Tour Parliament

Touring Parliament in Ottawa is a captivating experience that offers a deep dive into Canada’s political history and governance. After your procedure, you can view the iconic Centre Block on Parliament Hill, where you will be greeted by stunning architecture and the Peace Tower, a symbol of national unity. With your newfound sight, take a guided tour through the impressive corridors, majestic chambers, and historical spaces where important decisions are made. Tours include the House of Commons and the Senate, where parliamentary debates unfold, as well as the Library of Parliament, adorned with beautiful architecture and a wealth of knowledge.

The Peace Tower at the Parliament of Canada

Want to see cute shops? Visit an outdoor market!

Visit ByWard Market

ByWard Market, situated in the heart of downtown Ottawa, is a vibrant and historic district renowned for its lively atmosphere, and cultural richness. This bustling market, one of Canada’s oldest and largest, teems with an array of sights, sounds, and flavors for you to see after your procedure. Strolling through its cobblestone streets, visitors encounter an array of boutiques and eateries, showcasing fresh produce, artisanal crafts, and international cuisine. ByWard Market is not only a thriving marketplace but also a cultural hub, hosting art galleries, historic landmarks, and trendy shops, making it a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike. Whether you enjoy a cup of coffee or stroll around a gallery – this is the perfect post-laser vision correction one-stop-shop!

The illuminated storefronts of ByWard Market in downtown Ottawa

Need some rest and relaxation after your procedure?

The Nordik Spa

After any procedure, you deserve some rest and relaxation! The Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea, Quebec, is one of the largest spas in North America, offering a unique and immersive thermal spa experience. Located in a picturesque natural setting, Nordik Spa is known for its Scandinavian-inspired facilities and focus on relaxation and wellness. Spend your time after your laser vision correction procedure in a serene environment with a variety of thermal pools, saunas, and relaxation areas, all designed to promote rejuvenation and well-being. The spa’s thermal cycle involves moving through hot and cold baths, saunas, and relaxation areas, a practice known for its potential health benefits. The natural surroundings, including forests and hills, add to the tranquil atmosphere, providing a peaceful escape from everyday life.

a cozy living area by a fireplace at The Nordik Spa in Chelsea, Quebec

Book your consultation today!

At Herzig Eye Institute, our goal is to provide patients with their best vision possible, so you can finally see what Ottawa has to offer! Book your complementary consultation today to find out which procedure; SMILE, LASIK, PRK, Intraocular Collamer Lens (ICL), Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), or Cataract Surgery, is best suited for you. Our renowned team of eye surgeons
and staff is here to help!

To schedule a consultation, call our Toronto office at 647-490-6509 or our Ottawa office at 613-703-6656.