It’s that time of year again! January is FINALLY over and February starts with Ottawa’s favourite event…Winterlude! This year we celebrate the 40th year that this festival has taken place. There are lots of events going on all over the city for everyone to enjoy. Running from February 2 to February 19 read on for some highlights.

Official Sites

  • Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau
  • Rideau Canal Skateway
  • Confederation Park and Marion Dewar Plaza
  • Byward Market
  • Lansdowne Park
  • Various spots around Ottawa that focus on theatre, arts, food, music and culture

Event Highlights

Snow Kingdom – Multimedia lighting and illuminated snow sculptures on Fridays and Saturdays until 9 p.m.

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Get moving and test your skills in a huge winter playground. Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

Ice Sculptures – Located throughout the city on the canal, the Byward Market, Lansdowne Park and various museums as well as Confederation Park. This is an annual favourite for Winterlude attendees.

Bobsleigh, Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding – Taking place at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau this is a great opportunity to try out a new sport.

Byward Blizzard Snow Art – Come to Ottawa’s historical landmark, food and entertainment district to experience ByWard Blizzard Snow-Art snow sculpture exhibition. Walk through the area to discover the charm of what was once called ByTown and one of Canada’s oldest public markets, while admiring fantastic artworks made of snow! Visitors are invited to watch as artists carve giant blocks of snow to bring them to life. Sculptures will be on display in various locations throughout the Market all throughout Winterlude.

Downtown Rideau Chill Factor, Chill Lounge – As part of Chill Factor, the Chill Lounge is a “cool” space to “chillax” during Winterlude. This winter oasis of evergreen trees, muskoka-style chairs and snow art is a great public space to kick-back to catch some rays, snowflakes or take selfies with your bestie. Grab a coffee on Rideau Street and enjoy music piped outdoor. Download the Chill Factor app to use our souvenir RideauCam frames for your selfies and to see our directory of what’s on, and in, Downtown Rideau.

Ottawa Winter Brewfest – The Ottawa Winter Brewfest returns to Lansdowne Park for the fourth consecutive year. True to form, the Ottawa Winter Brewfest is the ideal place to discover a wide range of Ontario and Quebec craft beers and sample delicious food prepared by local chefs. This year, for the first time, the event will be held in the bigger and better Aberdeen Pavilion in order to accommodate even more breweries and festival-goers! Reserve your spot today for one of the festival’s three sessions. Ages 19 and older. Tickets now on sale.

Ottawa Sub-Zero Concert Series – To close off the Subzero Concert Series in style, come dance to the music of a young artist who has more than 400 million views on YouTube with his participation in the mega hit “Sugar”, Francesco Yates.

The evening will continue with a DJ SET by the incredible DJ Vito V.

Be sure to check out the full schedule for all activities…there are loads including lots of FREE activities and those for kids.