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

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…
Canadian Culinary Championship
Celebrate Canadian culture and attend this respected culinary competition that will feature many talented Canadian chefs who will showcase their…
fire show
Frost & Fire Winter Festival
Join residents over the long Family Day weekend for a mix of indoor and outdoor activities for people of all ages.
guitar, music
Guitare Alla Grande guitar festival
Chamber orchestra Thirteen Strings premieres an innovative new project as part of this guitar festival, with award-winning guitarists Adam…
Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest
Live shows by Sarah Neufeld, Kenny Barron, Thus Owls, and more!
RCMP Musical Ride Stables
RCMP Musical Ride Stables Open House
The Open House has been an annual tradition in the community since 1996 and once again a Winterlude partner event. Bring your family and friends to…

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