Celebrate Canadian winter with the whole family at Winterlude 2020! The event is FREE, and there's many activities and ways to explore the city.
Rideau Canal Skateway: Epic skating memories
Grab your skates or rent a pair and glide along the Rideau Canal Skateway – the world’s largest naturally frozen ice skating rink which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020! This 7.8 kilometre (4.8 mile) UNESCO World Heritage Site conveniently winds through downtown Ottawa within walking distance of most hotels.
The Skateway is weather dependent, but when it’s open to skating, it’s free day and night! To check the status and see current ice conditions, visit the Rideau Canal Skateway website. If the Skateway is closed, try one of the many other places to ice skate in Ottawa.
During Winterlude, special programming is offered at sites on or near the Skateway, including these two big events:
Jacques Cartier Park: Giant winter playground
During Winterlude, Jacques Cartier Park in downtown Gatineau – just across the Alexandra Bridge from downtown Ottawa – becomes a giant winter wonderland for all ages. Snowflake Kingdom is packed with fun activities, including:
Snowflake Kingdom is open Thursdays through Sundays during the festival (plus Family Day, Monday, February 17).
The Winterlude mascots – the Ice Hogs family – are reputed to live in Snowflake Kingdom where they love to play in the snow and meet families. Give them a hug when you see them! (They also like to visit the other official Winterlude sites.)
Sparks Street: Fancy ice, interactive lights and urban fun
Just one block south of Parliament Hill, Sparks Street is a historic and pedestrian gathering place for events in Ottawa.
This new Winterlude site will host three ice carving competitions throughout the festival: the Winterlude International Ice Carving Challenge, the Winterlude Battle of America’s Ice Carving Challenge and the Canadian Ice Carvers Society Championship.
Other programming on Sparks Street includes:
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