Head down to the Ottawa Valley Region this winter and check out Winterlude, Ottawa City’s winter celebration. Created in 1979, this festival was created to commemorate the unique northern climate and culture of Canada. Winterlude offers hundreds of activities at various locations throughout Canada’s capital. The three main areas where Winterlude festivities take place are at The Rogers Crystal Garden in Confederation Park, The Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park and the Rideau Canal Skateway.
Ice sculptors from around the world come to Winterlude every year to partake in the festivities and can be found at the Rogers Crystal Garden, in Confederation Park, which is famous for its amazing ice sculptures.
The Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park is perfect for a family outing as there are tons of outdoor activities for children. The Snowflake Kingdom is also home to the Winterlude mascots: the iconic Ice Hog Family. Your kids will love Mama and Papa Ice Hog and their children, Noumi and Nouma, and there will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures with the famous mascots!
For those who love to skate, Ottawa is a must. Winding through the city all winter long is the charming Rideau Canal Skateway, the largest skating rink in the world!
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For those looking to get out of the city and explore Canada’s cottage country, take a look at our Ottawa Valley Region rentals where you can find bed and breakfasts and cottage rentals just outside the city. A great trip idea is to spend a few days in the capital city enjoying the Winterlude festivities, and then escape to a cottage or chalet in the the tranquil country side for some skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or hot chocolate-sipping!
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