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Winterlude February 1st to 18th, 2013

| December 29, 2012

Winterlude, Canada’s winter celebration, is held in Ottawa–Gatineau each February. The three fun-filled weekends of Winterlude are guaranteed to make the spirit of winter come alive.

History of Winterlude

Winterlude was created by the NCC in 1979 to celebrate Canada’s unique northern climate and culture. In 2012, Canada’s Capital Region celebrates the 34rd edition of Winterlude.

Dates and Admission to Winterlude

Winterlude 2013 runs on weekends from February 1st to 18th and is open on Family Day. The three Winterlude weekends are filled with activities, and many venues are open daily.

Most Winterlude activities are free. Some events, such as sporting competitions, require entry fees.

Winterlude Mascots: The Ice Hog Family

The Ice Hog Family travels to Canada’s Capital Region every winter to celebrate Winterlude. The family includes Mama and Papa Ice Hog and their children, Noumi and Nouma. They love to play in the snow, and can be found at Sun Life Snowflake Kingdom.

Rogers Crystal Garden at Confederation Park

Check Out Winterlude’s Ice Sculptures!

The ice sculptures created at Confederation Park are a highlight of Winterlude. Ice carvers from around the world turned blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, coloured lights reveal the magical beauty of the ice sculptures. Don’t miss this winter wonderland in the centre of downtown Ottawa!

Sun Life Snowflake Kingdom at Jacques-Cartier Park

Come Play in the Snow!

Experience the fun of winter at the biggest snow playground on the continent! At Sun Life Snowflake Kingdom, you’ll find tons of activities inspired by the Canadian winter and Northern traditions.

Sun Life Snowflake Kingdom is the place to be for the young and the young at heart. The playground features snow slides, snow sculptures, obstacle courses, kicksleds, horse-drawn sleigh rides, craft lessons and more.

The Ice Hog family, beloved mascots of Winterlude, can also be found at Sun Life Snowflake Kingdom. The Ice Hog family lives here at Jacques-Cartier Park while visiting Canada’s Capital Region each February. They love to play and give out hugs, and are happy to pose for pictures.

Sun Life Snowflake Kingdom is presented by the Ville de Gatineau and the NCC and is sponsored by Sun Life.

Skating on the Rideau Canal

Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world’s largest skating rink. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Take our virtual tour for 360° views of this famous skateway.

Activities on the Rideau Canal Skateway during Winterlude:

  • Winterlude Triathlon
  • Bedzzz Annual Bed Race
  • Great Canadian Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Classic
  • Eco-Art exhibition
  • skating demonstrations
  • and more!

Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates or grab a warm drink right from the ice. Vendor and activity locations are marked on the Rideau Canal Skateway map.

For more information, visit the Rideau Canal Skateway.

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