Winterlude 2020 is one week away from wrapping up. The festival took a new form this year with a more spread out format across Ottawa’s downtown. The Byward Market and Sparks Street were just some of the festival’s grounds. Here’s where to go to see the last of the festival this week and weekend.
Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park (Gatineau)
Popular super slides, beautiful snow sculptures and a host of thrilling activities await visitors in this huge winter playground.
Admire the finesse of the artwork created during the 32nd Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition on York Street and dance the night away at the SubZero Electro DJ Nights.
Rideau Canal Skateway
With its 7.8-kilometer course, it’s the perfect place to bite into a BeaverTail or sip a tasty hot chocolate and experience the thrill of the 3rd Ice Dragon Boat Festival.
With its Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument, trendy shops and restaurants, it’s no wonder that Sparks Street is popular with residents and visitors alike. The open pedestrian mall hosts Capital Pride’s Winter Pride, and the international ice carving competition January 31st – February 2nd.
Take a stroll in the Glebe and see why it has become the “snowman capital of the planet”. Discover Ontario and Quebec’s brewing heritage at the Winter Brewfest and savour delicacies at the Ottawa Farmers Winter Market, all in the enchanting setting of Lansdowne Park’s Aberdeen Pavilion.
Little Italy will wrap up Winterlude this weekend with Night Lights, a creative Art and Light Festival designed by local art duo Dems and Doll in partnership with the Preston Street BIA. Night Lights is a free outdoor nighttime event that offers guests the chance to interact with giant light sculptures, get creative and draw on glow trees, and watch a team of fire and glow performers blaze up the cold night sky.
Cover photo by @avolossov