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Here in Canada, we love winter. That’s because it has our favourite things: hockey, maple syrup, hot chocolate and most of all…


Part of Canada’s identity is its Northern winters! In 1979, Winterlude was created to celebrate what makes Canada unique, from its entwined history of French and English culture, its friendly atmosphere and its many wonderful outdoor activities!

Taking place from February 1 to February 18, Winterlude is really a series of activities throughout Ottawa and Gatineau that get you and your family out into the winter air and enjoying the snow! Here are just a few reasons to explore the Ottawa area during February!

The Ice Hogs: Your kids will love Winterlude’s official mascots, the Ice Hogs! No, they’re not pigs who love hockey – they’re cute and cuddly groundhogs who hate the summer but LOVE the winter! Hibernating during the summer (as you do), they make up for their long slumber by being at all of Winterlude’s hottest coldest events!
(They love the cold, you see).

Snowflake Kingdom: A beloved tradition in nearby Gatineau, Snowflake Kingdom is a huge hill where you can ride a giant inflatable tube down a hill at blinding speeds! It’s like sledding on a cloud and it’s fun, exciting, and safe so long as you’re appropriately cautious. This is a cherished tradition in the capital region – find out why!

International Ice Carving Competition: Every year during Winterlude Ottawa hosts the International Ice Carving Competition! Artists come from around the world to create works of staggering beauty, power and fragility, and their works are on exhibit for the whole month! These are stunning pieces of art that eventually disappear forever, so check them out while you can!

This year Winterlude has included the Byward Market as one of its attractions, so if you’re visiting book a room at the Best Western Plus Ottawa City Centre. Just steps from the market and most of Ottawa’s most popular attractions, we’re your home in the heart of the nation’s capital. Book your room today!
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