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Family Fun Times at Winterlude

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.

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Snow sculptures at Winterlude

History of Winterlude

Winterlude was created by the NCC in 1979 to celebrate Canada’s unique northern climate and culture. 

Dates and Admission to Winterlude

The three weekends (usually starts 1st weekend in February and last 3 weekends) are filled with activities, and many venues are open daily. For the exact yearly date, please visit their website!

Most Winterlude activities are free. Some events, such as sporting competitions, require entry fees. Check out the activities HERE!

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.

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Ice sculpture at Winterlude

Ice and Snow Sculptures

Check Out Winterlude’s Ice and Snow Sculptures! The ice and snow sculptures 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.

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 Jacques-Cartier Park, you’ll find tons of activities inspired by the Canadian winter and Northern traditions.

Jacque-Cartier Park 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 at Jacques-Cartier Park. 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.

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Family Fun Times at Winterlude

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.

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. Also check out other family winter fun events and activities in Ottawa!

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Family Fun Times at Winterlude

Hoping you will attend Winterlude in Ottawa with your family!

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Wow! Ice sculptures with coloured lights sounds amazing! We usually go during the day but will definitely go at night to see this magical Winterlude site!

  2. I will have to put this on my bucket list . It looks like a lot of fun and I’ve never heard of Winterlude before . Those ice sculptures are incredible.


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