Destinations — Winterlude 2019

The 2019 Winterlude new vision hit the right note! In addition to classic winter activities, our new programming coupled with new destinations struck a responsive chord!

Thanks to our generous volunteers, sponsors and programming partners for getting on board with this great celebration of Canadian diversity. THIS is Winterlude!

Join us in 2020, for a Winterlude just as memorable!

Snowflake Kingdom, presented by Tim Hortons

The Snowflake Kingdom is sheer magic! Beautiful snow sculptures and a host of thrilling activities await visitors in this huge winter playground that comes to life in Jacques-Cartier Park. The Snowflake Kingdom is coproduced by the Ville de Gatineau and Canadian Heritage. The Snowflake Kingdom is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. However, it is open on Monday, February 18 — Family Day.

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ByWard Market

Established in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. All year round, day and night, the area buzzes with activity! Just a stone's throw from the shops and restaurants, and overlooking the Ottawa River, the National Gallery of Canada beautifully crowns the jewel that is the ByWard Market.

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Rideau Canal Skateway, presented by OLG

With its 7.8-kilometer course, the Rideau Canal Skateway stretches from Mackenzie Avenue in the downtown area to Dows Lake and offers a fantastic urban outdoor experience! It's the perfect place to bite into a BeaverTailsTM pastry or sip a tasty hot chocolate!

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink — a must-see for both tourists and Ottawa-Gatineau locals!

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Sparks Street

It was 1961 when Sparks Street became the first permanent open pedestrian mall in North America. Just a few steps south of Parliament Hill, nestled between Elgin and Lyon streets, this promenade is a great destination all year round. With its Lord Stanley's Gift Monument, trendy shops and restaurants, lively cuisine and cultural festivals, it's no wonder it is popular with residents and visitors alike!

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Downtown Rideau

A favourite shopping destination, Downtown Rideau is also a bustling arts and culture hotspot! It is home to the Bytown Museum, the Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court, and the National Arts Centre (NAC), with its unique Kipnes Lantern that serves as a beacon for the performing arts in Canada.

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The Glebe

One of Ottawa's first suburbs, the Glebe has a rich and fascinating history. The Aberdeen Pavilion, built in 1898, is the only major 19th century building still in use in Canada. Today, it stands at the heart of the vitality of the renewed Lansdowne Park. Shopping, dining and entertainment make it one of Canada's Capital Region's preferred gathering places!

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Elsewhere in Canada's Capital Region

During the three Winterlude weekends, Canada's Capital Region becomes the stage for activities that showcase Canadian winter culture and traditions. Thanks to the participation of numerous partners, a multitude of indoor and outdoor activities are offered with various themes. In short, there's something for everyone!

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