About Winterlude

The 40th edition of Winterlude runs from February 2 to 19, 2018.

Winterlude, the Capital's winter celebration, is held in Ottawa–Gatineau each February. It was created in to celebrate Canada's unique northern climate and culture.

Skate on the world's largest skating rink, check out the ice carving competitions or enjoy yourself in a huge winter playground surrounded by majestic snow sculptures. There’s fun for the entire family, and all sites are open on Family Day.


View all the Winterlude videos on the YouTube playlist.

Rediscover the joys of winter at Winterlude. As you enjoy the Capital's winter traditions, you'll see why Winterlude is part of the Canadian Tourism Commission's Signature Experiences Collection®.

Looking for more information about Winterlude's main locations? Visit the Official Sites and Other Locations section.

Winterlude Mascots: The Ice Hog Family

The Ice Hog Family travels to Canada's Capital Region every winter to celebrate Winterlude. The family includes Mama and Papa Ice Hog and their children, Noumi and Nouma. They love to give hugs and play in the snow. During their visit they make their home at the Snowflake Kingdom in Gatineau.

Discover the legend behind these furry visitors!

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