About Winterlude 2018

The 40th edition of Winterlude runs from February 2 to 19, 2018.

Winterlude was created in 1979 to celebrate Canada’s unique northern climate and culture. It is held in in Ottawa–Gatineau each February.

Rediscover the joys of winter at Winterlude. Skate on the world’s largest skating rink, check out the ice carving competitions or enjoy yourself in a huge winter playground surrounded by majestic snow sculptures. There’s fun for the entire family, and all sites are open on Family Day.

Explore the calendar of events to learn about what to do and where to go during Winterlude. See the magic of the Capital’s winter celebration for yourself through these photo and video galleries.

As you enjoy the Capital’s winter traditions, you’ll see why Winterlude is part of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Signature Experiences Collection®.

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 in Gatineau. Discover the legend behind these furry visitors!

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