OttawaStart’s guide to Winterlude 2017

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The 39th edition of Winterlude runs from Feb. 3-20, with hundreds of events under the “celebrate Canada in winter” theme.

Winterlude will be held at three official sites, each with distinct programming. Gatineau’s Jacques-Cartier Park offers a slew of activities, such as a zip line, slides and a Canada 150 maze. Featuring is the National Snow Sculpture Rendezvous, where the public is able to vote on their favourite sculpture.

Confederation Park in Ottawa will be the site of the Sub-Zero Concert Series, as well as a laser show. Check out Crystal Garden in the park, made of gorgeous ice carvings by artists from around the world.

Some of the more classic events will be held on the Rideau Canal Skateway, including the Winterlude Triathlon. The canal will also host North America’s first-ever ice dragon boat race, which organizers said will be the biggest one in the world.

Here are some of our event picks for Winterlude:

Date/Time Event
Friday, February 3 - Monday, February 20
All Day
ByWard Blizzard Snow’Art
ByWard Market, Ottawa
Friday, February 3 - Monday, February 20
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Canada C3: Coast to Coast to Coast
Confederation Park, Ottawa Ontario
Friday, February 3 - Monday, February 20
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Downhill Skiing
Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau Quebec
Friday, February 3 - Monday, February 20
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lansdowne Winter Garden
Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa ON
Friday, February 3 - Monday, February 20
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Snowmania in the Glebe
The Glebe, Ottawa
Friday, February 3 - Monday, February 20
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sub-Zero Concert Series
Confederation Park, Ottawa Ontario
Saturday, February 4 - Monday, February 20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dogsledding
Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau Quebec
Saturday, February 4 - Monday, February 20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Zip line
Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau Quebec

OttawaStart Staff

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