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.

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!