Rideau Canal at Winterlude on a beautiful winter day, just a two minute walk to the Lord Elgin Hotel

Winterlude in Ottawa

Celebrate the most unique activity Ottawa has to offer – skating on the Rideau Canal – and enjoy the best Winterlude ever! For details on Ottawa’s Winterlude 2024, click here

From February 2nd to 19th, Ottawa plays host to the best Winter festival ever – a Canadian Signature Experience called Winterlude.

Stay at the newly renovated Lord Elgin Hotel, where you are at the heart of the best Winter activities including Winterlude, our famous Winter Festival.   Overlooking Confederation Park, home to a beautiful display of winter lights, you could not find a better vantage point.  The Winterlude Ice Carving championships will take place along Sparks Street Mall, only a few short steps away from the hotel and the SnoBus will take you to Jacques-Cartier Park, home to the Kids Zone and Snowflake Kingdom.  The Rideau Canal, now in the Guinness Book of Records as the Longest Skating Rink in the World,  is located only one block from the hotel. As well, the Rink of Dreams, an artificially cooled rink is located just across the street at Ottawa City Hall.

We have a Winter Getaway Package that is the ideal combination for your visit to this amazing festival.  This package includes a stay in one of our elegant guestrooms, skate rentals, free valet parking for one vehicle, and a voucher for a Hot Chocolate & Beavertails (a signature Ottawa treat).  Book it now!

Steps away you can also enjoy the best shopping Ottawa has to offer – the Rideau Centre, just one block from the hotel, and the Byward Market, which is full of boutiques and specialty stores to find that unique item.  Dine in the hotel, or try one of the many restaurants and eateries located on or near Elgin Street, or in the Byward Market, in the Glebe, or Westboro… all very popular with foodies!

And..back again, we will run our photo contest on our ice bench in front of our restaurant, FortyOne.  All you have to do is take your photo on the ice bench and post it to #mylordelgin to be eligible to win a romantic one-night stay at the Lord Elgin Hotel.

For more information regarding all the events, check out the Winterlude Festivities website.

For more information check out the Ottawa Tourism website.

Here is what’s in store for the coming week:

  • Thursday, January 18 to Sunday, January 21 | Learn about home renovation at the Ottawa Home and Remodeling Show at the EY Centre.
  • Saturday, January 20 to Sunday, January 21 | Newly engaged? Get your planning started or completed at the Capital Wedding Show held in the Shaw Centre.
  • Sunday, January 21 | Feel the excitement, absorb retro vibes and come watch pinball wizards vie for the Ontario Women’s Provincial Championship Title.
  • Sunday, January 21 | Join a céilí, an Irish dance led by Ottawa Irish Arts at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts.
  • Thursday, January 18; Saturday, January 20 | Cheer on the Ottawa Senators as they compete against the Montreal Canadiens and the Winnipeg Jets at the Canadian Tire Centre.
  • Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24 | Show your support for PWHL Ottawa as they face PWHL Toronto and PWHL Boston at the Arena at TD Place.
  • Friday, January 19 and Sunday, January 21 | Cheer on the Ottawa 67’s as they take on the Saginaw Spirit and Owen Sound Attack at TD Place.
  • Check out more free or nearly free winter activities in Ottawa!
  • Enjoy the season with winter hiking and walking in Gatineau Park! Check out the groomed trails available for visiting during the winter. FREE!
  • Winter Passes are available for snow sports such as cross-country skiing, snow biking, and snowshoeing!
  • Warm up with these indoor activities across Ottawa where you can escape the cold for a fun day or evening of indoor Ottawa fun!