The 40th Annual Winterlude Festival is coming to Ottawa from February 2-19! Winterlude is a fun celebration of all things winter-y held each year in Canada’s Capital Region.

Winterlude runs every weekend from February 2 to 19 with many activities happening at City facilities: City Hall, Lansdowne Park and Shenkman Arts Centre.

Enjoy live music, ice sculpting competitions, activities for youth, and of course, skating on the Rideau Canal! Travel through the Snowflake Kingdom with your kids and then cozy up with your loved one in the Chill Lounge.

Some other Winterlude highlights include:

  • NHL Alumni 3-on-3 game at City Hall
  • Crackup Snowmania Challenge at Lansdowne
  • Fête Frissons at Shenkman Arts Centre
  • Alles Walzer! Everybody Waltz! at City Hall
  • The Mayor’s Family Day Skate Party at City Hall


With over 2 weeks of entertainment planned, there is something for everyone to enjoy!


As always, OC Transpo will operate free service on the OLG Sno-Bus between Dow’s Lake, Lansdowne, City Hall and Confederation Park.

  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Family Day, February 19,from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

STO will also run free service from Confederation Park to Jacques-Cartier Park from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except on Family Day. The OLG Sno-Bus route will be extended to Jacques Cartier Park on Family Day.


The service, which is sponsored by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (OLG), will run every 15 minutes. You 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 the 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 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


For a full calendar of events, please visit