Winterlude

What to do during Winterlude 2023 – Winterlude events and activities

Every February, the Ottawa area becomes the epicentre of an international ice sculpture festival – Winterlude. People from around the world gather to both create and admire the incredible craftsmanship of the ice sculptures.

Along with the ice sculptures comes an array of events and activities perfect for couples, families, and groups to participate in each weekend of the month!

Winterlude events you can’t miss out on

1000 Islands Fun Fly
1000 Islands Fun Fly
Get a taste of the world-renowned 1000 Islands with special $60 rides in celebration of Family Day. Take a helicopter tour over Gananoque and the…
Accora Village Bed Race
Accora Village Bed Race
Decorated hospital beds (with a rider in costume) are pushed by 4 costumed teammates. Prizes are awarded for fastest, best-decorated bed, and best…
DJ
Aurora | Festive Winter Experience
A new free winter activity that comes to life at nightfall. Enjoy the illuminated site, live music with DJ, coffee bar, skating rink, and much more…
running
BougeBouge Ottawa
The unique indoor 5K at Ottawa's Rideau Centre and Shaw Centre is back! This event, in collaboration with Winterlude is back and will conclude your…
food
Canadian Culinary Championship
This respected culinary event features a weekend competition among nine chefs who won regional competitions in the fall of 2022 in Vancouver, Calgary…
Carnival
Festa de Carnaval
A night celebrating Brazilian culture and heritage with the best in marchinha, samba, frevo, from afoxé to Axé! Brazilian food bites and special…

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