Published on January 31, 2024
Winter in Ottawa is a magical time, and the top hat on this snowman is undoubtedly the annual Winterlude festival.
As the capital of Canada, Ottawa transforms into a winter wonderland during this annual celebration, attracting locals and visitors alike. Winterlude 2024 promises exciting activities for everyone, so bundle up and get ready for a frosty adventure like no other!
Skate on the World's Largest Outdoor Skating Rink:
Lace up your skates and hit the Rideau Canal Skateway, the crown jewel of Winterlude. Glide along the frozen canal, taking in the breathtaking views of the cityscape. As the world’s largest outdoor skating rink offers a truly unique and quintessentially Canadian experience.
Take a stroll down Sparks Street and marvel at the masterpieces carved from massive blocks of ice. Local and international artists showcase their skills, creating intricate and stunning sculptures that seem to defy the laws of nature. This outdoor gallery is a visual feast, and the sculptures are even more enchanting when illuminated at night.
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Let your inner child run wild at Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park. This snowy playground is perfect for families, featuring giant slides, obstacle courses, and interactive games. From snow sculptures to winter sports, there’s no shortage of activities to keep everyone entertained.
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Winterlude Foodie Tour:
Treat your taste buds to the delectable delights of Winterlude with a foodie tour. From piping hot beavertails to maple-infused treats, the festival’s culinary offerings are a celebration of Canadian winter comfort food. Don’t forget to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or mulled wine.
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Winterlude Photo Contest:
Capture the magic of Winterlude through your lens and participate in the photo contest. Whether it’s the sparkling ice sculptures or the joyous faces of fellow festival-goers, share your unique perspective and stand a chance to win some fantastic prizes.
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Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing:
Escape the crowds and explore the scenic Gatineau Park with a snowshoeing or cross-country skiing adventure. The serene trails offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the festival, allowing you to connect with nature in its winter glory.
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Parliament: The Immersive Experience:
Embark on a captivating 360° immersive experience through the Parliament Building (Centre Block), revealing its rich history, art, and architecture in vivid sensory detail. Situated at 211 Sparks Street, the experience comprises an exhibit and an immersive show, offering a 45-minute exploration. While tickets are free, reserving in advance is advisable as same-day availability may be limited.
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Embrace the chill, let the festive spirit take over, and make lasting memories. Whether you’re a winter sports enthusiast, a food lover, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of a snowy landscape, this iconic Canadian celebration has something for everyone. So, bundle up, step outside, and revel in the magic of Winterlude.