Celebrating 40 years of Winterlude!

Well, it’s that time of year again; It’s time for Ottawans to lace up their skates and get their cameras ready because Winterlude is back in The Capital!

Starting on February 2nd, Ottawa’s 40th annual Winterlude will take place in many locations across Ottawa and Gatineau including Jacques-Cartier Park, City Hall, and of course, right across from the Lord Elgin at Confederation Park!

With all of it’s usual attractions, and the addition of the brand new Mosaïvernales, this year’s Winterlude is gearing up to be the best one yet, and we at the Lord Elgin couldn’t be more excited.

This year as always, our famous ice bench will be stationed outside of Grill 41, and our annual photo contest will be up and running. So strike a pose, snap a pic, and don’t forget to post it on social media with the hashtag #MyLordElgin for a chance to win a complimentary night’s stay with us.

Each year, the Lord Elgin has the pleasure of welcoming the Winterlude ice carvers, who are kind enough to create our beautiful ice bench as a thank you to the hotel. This Lord Elgin tradition has become famous throughout Ottawa, and never fails to draw a crowd all through the Winterlude season.

Throughout the year, the Lord Elgin staff looks forward to finding out what theme the bench will be given, and can’t wait to see all of the wonderful photo’s that are posted on social media, and this year is no exception!

Here are a few of our favourite photos from previous years:

And without further ado – here’s this year’s ice bench!

Here’s to another great year of Winterlude in the Capital!

Posted by Aly

My time at the Lord Elgin Hotel

Hello fellow readers,

My name is Aniek and I am a co-op student with a placement at the Lord Elgin Hotel.  I have been here since September, five months! I’ve had such an amazing and memorable experience and, I wish it didn’t have to come to an end so soon.  I am sad that I will be heading out of the office, but I decided to take a happier note today, and talk more about all of the amazing things that I have had the opportunity to do here! So on that note, here are a few of the fantastic things that I’ve enjoyed here, at my co-op placement;

  • I have learned a great deal of new information about how hotels run, and all of the computer systems that they use.
  • I could not be any more grateful for the opportunity to work with the nicest and, friendliest people I have ever met.
  • Something about getting to work in a beautiful environment just makes it that much better. The Lord Elgin is a classical yet timelessly beautiful building that truly anyone can appreciate!
  • As if the beautiful building isn’t enough, it is also such a wonderful location. Being right downtown is just perfect for; dining out, events, museums, culture, and shopping.

While at my placement I learned so much about hotels, way more than I would’ve in a class! The Lord Elgin hotel is a truly marvelous hotel and it is the perfect place to do a co-op placement, to work, and most definitely stay. Anytime someone I know comes to visit Ottawa, you bet the Lord Elgin will be my first recommendation to them.


-Aniek (The Co-op Student)