Winterlude Begins


The 39th Annual Winterlude Celebrations officially kick off today and festivities commence until February 20th. I highly encourage all residents to make the most of our cold weather and bust out the skates to head to our beautiful Rideau Canal which has now frozen over and is ready for your enjoyment.


This weekend’s highlights include the Winterlude Kick-Off Party featuring Canadian musical artist, Coleman Hell, Super Slides, the Winterlude Triathlon, Polar Hero, and much more.


Please visit the Winterlude website for more information.


And be sure to get the most out of Winterlude by spending less time driving and more time having fun. The OLG Sno-Bus (sponsored by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission) is a free service that will operate between the various Winterlude sites. The service runs every 15 minutes on:

  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Family Day, Monday February 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Residents are not permitted to board the bus wearing skates. While carrying skates on the bus, use skate-guards to avoid injury or carry your skates at your side by their blades.


During Winterlude weekends, Queen Elizabeth Driveway between Laurier Avenue and Preston Street will be closed to traffic, and also Laurier Avenue from Elgin Street to Nicholas Street. These closures will be in effect:


  • Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Family Day, February 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


For more information, visit or call 613-741-4390. If you are traveling to or from Gatineau, also check for the latest updates on service.