Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration, is held in Ottawa–Gatineau each February. It was created in 1979 to celebrate Canada’s unique northern climate and culture.
The Winterlude festivities are focused in four main locations:
- The Crystal Garden, in Confederation Park, is home to amazing ice sculptures.
- The Snowflake Kingdom, in Jacques-Cartier Park, is a kid’s paradise with snow slides and no shortage of outdoor fun.
- The Rideau Canal Skateway, which winds its way through downtown Ottawa, is the world’s largest skating rink.
- The Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall is where you’ll find the American Express® Winterlude Opening. On weekends, it’s also the place for musical performances and outdoor dance parties.
Throughout Winterlude there are hundreds of activities taking place at these and other locations in Canada’s Capital.
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 give hugs and play in the snow. During their visit they make their home at the Snowflake Kingdom.
Discover the legend behind these furry visitors!
Join the Fun!
Every year, more than 600,000 fun-seekers take part in Winterlude activities. More than a third of our visitors are from outside Canada’s Capital Region.
Become part of our team of over 700 Winterlude volunteers and have a truly unique experience!
The success of Winterlude rests on the support — both financial and in donated services — of the private sector, local collaborators, the media and the community.
Rediscover the joys of winter at Winterlude 2013. As you enjoy the Capital’s winter traditions you’ll see why Winterlude is part of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Signature Experiences Collection®.