From February 5 to February 21, 2021

Since 1979, Winterlude has been brightening the winters of Canada’s Capital Region. From February 5 to 21, 2021, celebrate the joys of winter Winterlude style. For the 43rd edition, a new, entirely virtual experience awaits Canadians from across the country.

Inspiration, entertainment, warmth… THIS is Winterlude!

Exploring Canada’s Winter Traditions — A national virtual show

A production of Rogers TV Ottawa and Canadian Heritage

Join us as we kick-off the 43rd Winterlude on February 5 at 7 pm (ET) on the Canadian Heritage YouTube channel. The webcast will be available until February 21 at midnight (ET).

  • Admire the work of the sculptors taking part in the first-ever virtual Winterlude National Ice-Carving Competition held simultaneously in Yellowknife, Banff/Lake Louise, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Gatineau, city of Québec and Halifax
  • Watch talented artists from the Canadian artistic scene: Ariane Moffatt, Alexandre Tétrault and the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, the NAC Orchestra, Corneille, Faouzia, Ria Mae, Tracy Trash, Masson Stomp and William Prince
  • Be marveled by figure skater Elladj Baldé’s performance
  • Discover Canadian winter traditions

Winterlude National Ice-Carving Competition

Since 1985, Winterlude’s ice-carving competitions have welcomed artists from around the world and hundreds of thousands of visitors in Canada’s Capital Region. This year’s competition will take you across the country to meet passionate sculptors.

For the first time in its history, Winterlude has challenged professional Canadian ice sculptors to compete simultaneously in 7 cities across Canada. Each one of them had 28 hours to transform 8 blocks of ice into an artwork on the theme of the joys of winter.

Come back February 5, and admire their creations virtually. You will have until Sunday, February 21 at noon (ET) to vote for your top 3 favourite sculptures.

The results will be announced during the week of February 22, 2021.

Celebrate winter

Curious to discover what our partners are suggesting to Canadians to celebrate winter? They came up with a whole range of things for you to listen to, watch and do.

Starting February 5, discover their top suggestions to celebrate winter!


Make great discoveries through master classes and do-it-yourself workshops or by taking up fun challenges.


Let yourself be entertained with virtual shows and national museum tours.


Enjoy enchanting, fun and enriching content for all.


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Rogers tv

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