Celebrate free Canadian winter fun at this epic festival which takes place in the Ottawa region during the first three weekends of February each year!
During Winterlude, you can marvel at beautiful ice sculptures, skate on the world-famous Rideau Canal Skateway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and play till you drop in a gigantic snow playground called Snowflake Kingdom.
Many other Winterlude activities—indoors and outdoors—highlight Canada's cultural, artistic and culinary diversity. Urban sites, museums and special events present special seasonal programming as well as opportunities to connect with Indigenous culture. Most festival activities are free and take place in the urban Ottawa-Gatineau region. Don't miss Canada's annual winter celebration in Canada’s capital!