About Winterlude

Winterlude was created in 1979 to celebrate Canada’s unique northern climate and culture. The celebration is held every February in Ottawa-Gatineau.

In 2019, the flagship event of the winter tourist season in Canada’s Capital Region (CCR) is being renewed. New partnerships will incorporate key stakeholders from the tourist, cultural, artistic and culinary industry in the CCR, and they will be an integral part of this great celebration of the joys of winter. While maintaining its iconic activities (skating on the Rideau Canal, snow tubing at the Snowflake Kingdom), Winterlude will also offer a more urban experience with new destinations such as the ByWard Market and Sparks Street in Ottawa.

Skate on the world’s largest skating rink, check out the amazing artists at work during the International Ice Carving Competition or simply enjoy yourself in a huge winter playground surrounded by majestic snow sculptures.

See the magic of Winterlude through these photo and video galleries — you will understand why it has been selected as part of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Signature Experiences CollectionMD.

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. Discover the legend behind these adorable furry visitors!

Plan ahead

Here are the dates for upcoming Winterlude celebrations:

  • 2020: January 31 to February 17
  • 2021: January 29 to February 15