January 31, 2020

February 17, 2020

Free & ticketed events

Various Venues, Ottawa



Events Description

Winterlude transforms Canada’s Capital Region into the ideal destination to celebrate Canadian traditions in wintertime.

In collaboration with many partners, Winterlude offers a rich and varied urban program. Tubing, skating and ice carving—essential winter pleasures—share the spotlight with cultural and culinary activities.

An array of activities—reflecting both Canada’s Capital Region and the country as a whole—have been planned for the winter celebration’s three official sites. Snowflake Kingdom, will offer visitors a new experience, as the official site is being relocated to Gatineau’s Jacques-Cartier Park North. Visitors will still get to take part in the fun winter activities they are used to, such as the super slides, but the site will also feature fun Nordic activities and unique performances for kids of all ages.

The Rideau Canal Skateway, presented by OLG, will once again host some of Winterlude’s classic activities, including annual Winterlude Triathlon and the annual Bed Race. Returning to the Canal is an old tradition, the Waiters’ and Waitresses’ Race on Ice, and the hugely successful Ice Dragon Boat Festival is back for its second edition. There will also be a wide range of activities presented by Winterlude partners at other venues around the region.

Who is it for?

All ages – Family

Free Admission

Select Activities ticketed


Date & Time:

January 31 to February 17, 2020. – Schedule

Venues: Sparks Street will be the main hub of festivities in Ottawa, connecting Downtown Rideau, the Rideau Canal Skateway, the ByWard Market, Bank Street, the Glebe, and Preston Street. In Gatineau, festivities will take place at the Canadian Museum of History, Brewery Creek and the famous Snowflake Kingdom urban winter playground in Jacques Cartier Park.

Trip Planning – Details

OC Transpo and the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) will provide a shuttle service linking Winterlude’s official sites: the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa; Crystal Garden at Confederation Park in Ottawa; and Snowflake Kingdom, at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau.

Free Weekend and Family Day Shuttle Service.


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